About Our Program
Midwestern Career College’s Associate of Applied Science in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Sonography program prepares students with the general education, applied knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for entry-level positions in the field of cardiovascular sonography.
Graduates of this program will have sufficient knowledge and skills to work in an ultrasound or sonography center or a hospital’s sonography department as an ultrasound (echo) technician. Typical tasks include operating the systems and perform ultrasound (echo) procedures, as well as registering patients and setting up appointments.
Students will receive hands-on training in cardiac ultrasound and vascular ultrasound on Acuson, Toshiba, Philips and GE machines.
This program consists of two modules:
- Certified Cardiology Technician (CCT)
- Noninvasive Cardiovascular (Echo) Sonographer
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)
Midwestern Career College’s Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) module offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for entry-level positions in the cardiac technology field in a medical center or a hospital cardiology department.
Classroom instruction covers patient care, cardiac anatomy, physiology and pathology, EKG/ECG, Holter monitoring and stress testing.
Non-Invasive Cardiovascular (Echo) Sonographer
MCC’s Noninvasive Cardiovascular (Echo) Sonographer module covers the noninvasive diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessels) disease. It is a multidisciplinary science requiring the technologist to be trained and educated to utilize state-of-the-art equipment to recognize, calculate, interpret and analyze data derived from the cardiac study.
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- Provide education and training to students so that the students possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as an entry-level cardiovascular sonographer.
- Provide sufficient didactic and hands on lab education regarding Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Sonographer tasks in a cardiac lab, medical center, technology center or hospital.
- Discuss clinical activities in which the student will apply critical thinking skills.
- Provide understanding of patient care procedures in the cardiac field.
- Provide hands-on training to perform diagnostic tests like EKG/ECG and stress EKG.
- Provide understanding of performing Holter monitoring.
- Prepare students to take and pass the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) examination.
- Prepare students to perform effectively as skilled allied health professionals with skills needed to meet the demand for quality employees.
Students must complete a 450-hour externship in ultrasound at one of our affiliated hospitals or medical centers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B.L.S.), diagnostic imaging worker employment is projected to grow by 12% from 2019–2029. B.L.S. also has information on career outlook and salary expectations. Check out job listings in the Chicagoland area for cardiovascular sonographers on Indeed, Career Builder,Monster and ZipRecruiter
This program provides eligibility to become Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
This program does not provide certification eligibility for cardiovascular sonography. However, graduates may qualify for the Registered Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential through ARDMS or the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) credential through the CCI Registry if they meet certain educational or experiential requirements.
This program provides pathway to Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) certification exam eligibility through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) with the completion of additional 350 clinical hours not provided by MCC.
This program provides eligibility for the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) Examination through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
The program also provides pathway to Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) certification exam eligibility through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
A graduate of MCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Sonography program may qualify to sit for Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RCDS) certification through ARDMS if prior to admission into this program he or she has graduated from:
- a two-year allied health educational program that is patient care related (prerequisite 1). Allied health occupations include, but are not limited to, diagnostic medical sonographer, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, and registered nurse;
- or with a bachelor’s degree in any major (prerequisite 3A);
- or after working for one year in the Ultrasound field from the date of graduation from MCC’s AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program (prerequisite 1);
- or after earning Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) certification through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) (prerequisite 5).
Per ARDMS General Prerequisites guide, “prerequisite requirements are subject to change at any time and from time to time. Applicants must meet current prerequisite requirements at the time of application.” For detailed prerequisite information students should refer to ARDMS.org.
The Associate of Applied Science in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Sonography program curriculum follows the recommendations of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Cardiac-Interventional and Vascular-Interventional Curriculum Guide and the joint committee of the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences (AEIRS). It addresses the topics listed in the Cardiovascular Credentialing International outline for the follows the rules and regulations of the American College of Radiology (ACR).