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Program: Cardiac Sonography
Degree Plan: Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

(Advanced Technical Certificate)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: ATC.CARDIAC.PEDS

The Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Certificate Option is for a student having at least a previous Associate Degree in a designated allied health field or a B.S. degree with a major in a science discipline with substantial patient care experience. Potential students will be considered on an individual basis to determine if they have an adequate background in anatomy and physiology, college algebra, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physics. A background in basic ECG is also required. Upon completion, a certificate will be awarded.

The Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer performs cardiovascular examinations on pediatric patients to produce a picture of a heart and great vessels using high-frequency sound waves. These examinations are used to diagnose congenital heart disease, and other cardiovascular disorders. Types of examinations include 2D and 3D Echo, M-mode and color flow Doppler, as well as Transesophageal studies. The Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer may work in hospitals, clinics and physicians offices.

Admission requirements include attendance at a Specialized Imaging program information session, satisfactory scores on designated sections of the HESI A2 test, completion of program prerequisite courses with a cumulative grade point of 3.00 or higher, completion of all requirements for admissions as a full-time student to the college. Applicants are rank-ordered for admission based on a weighted point system utilizing the grade point average on prerequisite courses and scores on the interview and HESI A2 test. Contact Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.



SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3


DSAE 2303 Cardiovascular Concepts 3
DMSO 2243 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 2
DSAE 1270 Introduction to Echocardiographic Evaluation 2
DSAE 1165 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1


DSPE 2305 Pediatric Echocardiographic Evaluation 3
DSAE 1465 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 4
DSPE 2253 Pediatric Echocardiography Procedures 2


DSPE 2347 Pediatric Echocardiographic Evaluation II 3
DSAE 2465 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 4
DSAE 2255 Echocardiography Professionalism and Registry Review 2
Minimum Hours Required 35

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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