At the American College for Medical Careers, students train for in-demand careers in the healthcare field, such as those in echocardiography. Otherwise known as “Echo” or cardiovascular sonography, echocardiography is a diagnostic ultrasound specialty that provides detailed imaging of the heart and its blood vessels.
These professionals typically work in hospitals, cardiology offices and imaging centers, where they enjoy some of the fastest-growing job prospects of any other job in the medical field. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an almost 50 percent growth rate for cardiac sonographers within the next decade. This high rate of growth is due to both an aging population, as well as greater incidences of cardiovascular diseases.
The echocardiography training program at the American College for Medical Careers prepares students for careers in this fast growing field through comprehensive coursework in:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Physiology of the cardiovascular system
- Congenital anomalies
- Vascular ultrasound assessment
- Blood flow
- Basic and advanced screening techniques
Coursework begins in the classroom, with students obtaining a foundation in the above disciplines prior to beginning their hands-on echocardiography training. Students then begin spending much of their time in the clinical lab and out in the field at professional externship sites. It is through this experience that students really develop the echocardiography training they’ll need in the field, along with the communication skills needed to relate with patients and make them feel at ease.
Prospective students have the option of enrolling in either an 18-month Associate’s Degree program or a 20-month Bachelor’s degree program upon enrolling at ACMC. A Bachelor’s degree in any field is a prerequisite for both programs.
At the completion of the CAAHEP-accredited training program, students will be well prepared to earn their professional certification by taking the American Registry Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination.