Noninvasive Cardiovascular Sonography (NICVS) Diploma

Study format: In-person
Start date: Fall 2016
Duration: 80 weeks
Externship: 450-hr (Echo),
120-hr (CCT, optional)
Location: Chicago

Midwestern Career College’s Diploma in Noninvasive Cardiovascular Sonography (NICVS) 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) program 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.

MCC also offers students an optional 120-hour clinical externship within our network of affiliated hospitals.

Noninvasive Cardiovascular Sonography

Noninvasive cardiovascular sonography is a comprehensive program that studies 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.

Program Objectives

The objectives of MCC’s Diploma in Noninvasive Cardiovascular Sonography are to provide education and training to students so that the students possess the knowledge and skills required for employment as entry-level technologists, and:

  • Provide theoretical knowledge of noninvasive 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 understanding of Holter monitoring
  • Provide hands-on training to perform diagnostic tests such as stress testing and EKG/ECG
  • Instruct the learner in courses such as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, patient management, cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, and cardiology technology lab skills
  • Prepare students to take and pass the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) examination


Students must complete an 800-hour externship in ultrasound at one of our affiliated hospitals or medical centers. They may also complete an optional 120-hour externship for CCT.


Graduates of this program are eligible for national certification as a Certified Cardiographic Technician through the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) Registry.

This college does not provide certification eligibility for cardiovascular sonography. However, graduates may qualify for the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential through ARDMS or the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) credential through the CCI Registry if they have:

  • a two-year degree in healthcare
  • a four-year degree prior to the start of this program, or
  • one year of work experience in the sonography field from the date of graduation of this program.


The Diploma in Noninvasive Cardiovascular Sonography 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 Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) examination and follows the rules and regulations of the American College of Radiology (ACR).