Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program Details
The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (DCS) certificate program, also known as the Echocardiography Technologist program, will prepare international students to work in the field of sonography as echocardiography specialists. The DCS program at AIMS is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the Adult Echocardiography concentration.
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).
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.
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.
DCS graduates will also be eligible to take the Non-Invasive / Echocardiography registry examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Graduates who pass the exam will earn the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) credential.
Eligibility requirements for the RCS and RDCS credentials are solely determined by CCI and ARDMS, and are subject to change at any time. CCI and ARDMS are independent organizations. AIMS does not guarantee certification/registry exam eligibility.