Get prepared for a career as a cardiovascular ultrasound technician
When most people think of the field of sonography, they picture a pregnant woman getting an ultrasound to learn the gender of her soon-to-be-born child. Ultrasound imaging of pregnant women is one very important job that sonographers do, but in addition, there are other important uses for sonography.
A Cardiovascular Sonographer is an ultrasound technician who is trained specifically on the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and circulatory system. As a cardiac sonographer, you will use cardiac ultrasound technology and Doppler technology to create echocardiograms that can detect important information about a patient’s heart such as:
- chamber size
- valve function
- blood flow
- the cause of a murmur
- fluid around the heart
- pumping capabilities of the heart
- blood movement in the heart
Having symptoms of heart disease is frightening for most people. As a cardiovascular sonographer, you will see patients who may have chest pain, heart murmurs, heart defects, or other forms of heart disease. Knowing that you are providing key diagnostic information for your patients can be a very rewarding feeling if you choose this career field.
Becoming a Cardiovascular Sonographer
What does it take to be a cardiac sonographer? Cardiovascular sonographers go through much of the same training as general Diagnostic Sonographers, but in addition, they receive extra training in the heart and vascular system (circulatory system).
At the American College for Medical Careers (ACMC) in Orlando, Florida, we offer training in Cardiovascular Sonography. Below are some of the online and in-person courses that are required in this program:
- Introduction to Sonography
- 2D/3D Anatomy and Basic Physiology for the Cardiovascular Sonographer
- Doppler Physics and Hemodynamics for the Cardiovascular Sonographer
- Physiology and Pathology
- Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation
- Cardiovascular Sonography
- Cardiac Sonography Emerging Technologies
- Cardiovascular Practicum
- Patient Care Practicum
In these courses, you will develop a solid foundation in scanning techniques and normal anatomy recognition in the cardiovascular system. You will also learn about pathological conditions and patient-focused case studies. When finished, you will be able to record anatomic, pathologic, and physiologic data relating to the cardiovascular system. In short, you will be prepared for a career as a cardiovascular sonographer.
Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree Programs with Online Courses
ACMC offers both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree program for Cardiovascular Sonography. The bachelor’s program differs from the associate’s program by providing your choice of enhanced professional career paths in education, management, or advanced clinical sonography. Located at our campus in Orlando, Florida, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Our coursework is a combination of hands-on training in the lab and clinic, along with online theory courses delivered using an array of distance technologies. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any major or an associate’s degree in an allied health field acceptable to ACMC, and be able to provide an official academic transcript from an accredited post-secondary institution.
To find out more about becoming a Cardiac Sonographer at ACMC, contact us online. We hope you choose ACMC to begin you new career!