Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program Details

The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (DCS) certificate program is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the Adult Echocardiography concentration. The DCS program will prepare students to work in the field of sonography with a specialization in Adult Echocardiography.

The need for medical personnel who can perform echocardiograms as well as other echocardiography tasks is growing rapidly. Echocardiography is a highly specialized field that requires technologists to use state of the art sonography equipment to image internal body structures (primarily the heart).

Clinical Internship

The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program requires students to complete 700 clinical hours prior to graduation. Students will be placed at a clinical site by the AIMS Internship Department. The internship is designed to provide practical training in a real work environment; students will have a mentor who trains and guides them. 80 clinical hours will be completed during the DCS 220 course, and the remaining 620 hours will be completed during the clinical internship. Students are not permitted to begin the internship until all required classroom and lab hours are completed.

AIMS Education has clinical affiliations with numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Students will be placed at one or more of these affiliated sites and must complete their clinical hours based on the schedule provided by the school. Internship schedules are based on the availability of clinical sites. All students (Day and Evening) must be prepared to complete their internship during normal business hours (Monday through Friday). The majority of clinical sites do not allow students to complete clinical hours in the evening or on the weekend.

Program Goals

The primary goal of this program is to prepare competent, entry-level cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Certification / Registry Exam Eligibility

AIMS students are eligible to take the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination after successfully completing the following course - DMS 220: Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation.

Up to 60 days prior to graduation, DCS students will be eligible to take the Adult Echocardiography specialty examination offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Graduates who have passed the SPI exam and the Adult Echocardiography specialty exam will earn the RDCS credential from ARDMS.

Eligibility requirements for the RDCS credential are solely determined by ARDMS, and are subject to change at any time. ARDMS is an independent organization. AIMS does not guarantee registry exam eligibility.

Program Length
  • 1740 clock hours
  • Classroom instruction & lab - 1040 hours
  • Clinical hours - 700 hours
  • The day program can be completed in approximately 19 months.
  • The evening program can be completed in approximately 23 months.
Comprehensive Education and Training
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Adult Echocardiography
  • Image internal body structures
  • EKG Testing
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Stress Testing
Additional Program Requirements

All sonography students are required to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon completion of the pre-diagnostic modules at AIMS.

Admission Eligibility
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Financial support documentation

NOTE: This Information is for International Admissions only. For more information, please visit the International Students page.

Key Information



Start Date



19 - 23 Months*


Monday - Friday
9:00am to 2:00pm

* Evening programs take longer to complete than day programs.

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