2023 - 2024 Dallas College Catalog

2023 - 2024 Catalog
Program: Cardiac Sonography
Title: Adult Cardiac Sonography A.A.S.

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dallascollege.edu/hb1508.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

El Centro campus only

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


The Adult Cardiac Sonography program is a two-year program that prepares students to function as an Adult Cardiac Sonographer. The first year of the curriculum is designated as the Health Occupations Core Curriculum which consists of general education and health occupations core courses all of which are completed before a student applies for entrance to the program. The second year of the curriculum provides intensive didactic and clinical training in the medical specialty of Adult Cardiac Sonography.

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

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North; Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33763; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354 in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT); 1449 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588-1032, Phone: 978-456-5594; Fax: 727-210-2354.

Admission requirements include attendance at a Specializing Imaging program information session, satisfactory scores on designated sections of the HESI A2 test, completion of Health Occupations Core Curriculum 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 grade point average on the Health Occupations prerequisite courses and scores on the interview and HESI A2 test. Contact the Counseling Center at El Centro campus for general course placement advisement and Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
DSAE 2303 Cardiovascular Concepts 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
DMSO 2343 Advanced Ultrasound Physics 3
DSAE 1270 Introduction to Echocardiographic Evaluation 2
DSAE 1203 Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques 2
DSAE 1164 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1
Semester Total 8
Course Course Title Credit Hours
DSAE 2404 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology 1 4
DSAE 2660 Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 6
DSAE 2335 Advanced Echocardiography 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
DSAE 2437 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology 2 4
DSAE 2661 Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 6
DSAE 2355 Echocardiography Professionalism and Registry Review 3
Semester Total 13

Minimum Hours Required 60

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

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.