Cardiac Sonography

Associate Degree  |  Ozark Campus  |  Blended

This program is blended. The first two semesters (fall & spring) in the program are in-person, in-class, and in-person clinical rotations. The third semester (summer) has online classes with in-person clinical rotations. These clinical rotations can be completed anywhere a student prefers as long as a contract with a cardiac sonography clinic/hospital can be obtained.

Students who complete the non-invasive Cardiac Sonography (CVT) program of study will be prepared to enter the healthcare field in cardiac sonography labs as adult cardiac sonographers. Cardiac sonography, also known as echocardiography, is a rapidly advancing specialty area of cardiac imaging that uses ultrasound technology to evaluate the heart. With this technology, a cardiac sonographer uses sound waves created by the machine to acquire images of the cardiac chambers, walls, valves and blood flow.

Cardiac sonographers generally work closely with cardiologists, who use the images to diagnose cardiac diseases.

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Cardiac Sonography will prepare to sit for the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) exam through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) exam through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The Cardiac Sonography program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; telephone: (727) 210-2350. http://caahep.org.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Students spend over 100 hours in the cardiac sonography lab at ATU completing exams on both each other and volunteers.
  • Students spend over 950 hours in clinical settings in hospitals and clinics throughout the region.
  • Students use online software to practice hands-on cardiac sonography skills in simulated studies.

Skills You Will Learn

  • A detailed working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the heart.
  • A thorough understanding of cardiac pathology and its effects on the heart.
  • Students are prepared to sit for the cardiac sonography registry board exams.
  • Students learn all aspects of being an adult cardiac sonographer.
  • Students learn skills in resume and cover letter building, interviewing, and electrocardiography.
  • The ability to comprehend the sonography appearance of normal and abnormal cardiac conditions.
  • The ability to optimize images.

 

About This Degree

TUITION

In-State: $129 per credit hour

Out-of-State: $258 per credit hour

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

CAREER OPTIONS

You could work as a(n):

  • Sonography applications specialist
  • Sonography machine sales
  • Staff or lead cardiac sonographer
  • Travel cardiac sonographer

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Baptist Hospital (FS & LR)
  • Mercy Hospital (FS, St. Louis, Rogers, & Joplin)
  • St. Vincent CHI Infirmary

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies

Point of Pride

Our students have had a 100% pass rate on the CCI cardiac sonography exam for the past 3 years.

 

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ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

There will be an informational session to tell you more about this program on 3/10 at 5:30 p.m. This will be via webex and will include presentations about financial aid, what to expect in the program, what a cardiac sonographer is and more! The meeting is mandatory for all cardiac sonography applicants, but anyone can join to learn more. 

If you are unable to attend the presentation or miss it, but want more information about cardiac sonography or want to apply for the program email Kristen Wendling (email link at the bottom of the page). Below is the information for the meeting:

Join from the meeting link: https://atu.webex.com/atu/j.php?MTID=mab02c119271fb3bd497bd9f76050cbe70

March 1: CVT, PTA, LPN, MA, RN, OTA application deadline

Applications for the Cardiac Sonography program are accepted each March with the technical phase of the program beginning in August each year. Please call or email with any questions.

Students who complete the non-invasive Cardiac Sonography (CVT) program of study will be prepared to enter the healthcare field in cardiac sonography labs as adult cardiac sonographers. Cardiac sonography, also known as echocardiography, is a rapidly advancing specialty area of cardiac imaging that uses ultrasound technology to evaluate the heart. With this technology, a cardiac sonographer uses sound waves created by the machine to acquire images of the cardiac chambers, walls, valves and blood flow.

 

 Wendling

Kristen Wendling
Program Chair

Chaffee Crossing
12211 Ward Drive, Bldg. 139
Fort Smith, AR 72916

 Candace Case

Candace Case
Clinical Instructor

Chaffee Crossing
12211 Ward Drive, Bldg. 139
Fort Smith, AR 72916

 Sharyl Moffit

Sharyl Moffit
Administrative Assistant

Health Sciences and Wellness
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6501
smoffit@atu.edu