Degree Plans - Echocardiology Technology - Echocardiology Technology Advanced Technical Certificate
(Advanced Technical Certificate)
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Degree Plan Code: ATC.ECHO.13
The Echocardiology Technology Certificate Option is for a student having earned 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 Echocardiology technologist 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 Echocardiographer may work in hospitals, clinics and physicians offices.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, Telephone number 727-210-2350) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT, 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021-4244, Telephone number: 214-206-3117).
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 3.0 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 the Counseling Center at El Centro College for general course placement advisement and Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.
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.