Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program Details
The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (DCS) certificate program, also known as the Echocardiography Technologist program, will prepare students to work in the field of sonography with a specialization in Adult Echocardiography. The DCS program at AIMS is programmatically accredited by CAAHEP for the Adult Echocardiography Concentration.
Cardiac sonography is a highly specialized field that requires sonographers to use state of the art sonography equipment to image internal body structures (primarily the heart). Students in this program will also be trained in doppler echocardiography, EKG techniques, stress tests, and holter monitoring.
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.
Graduates of this program will have the ability to obtain professional employment in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, EKG departments, cardiovascular clinics, laboratories, physicians’ offices, and even insurance companies.
Due to changes in healthcare management, the demand for qualified cardiac sonographers has been increasing in recent years. As the population continues to age, this demand will only increase further.
A large number of the jobs available in this field can be found in hospitals, and many of those will be in cardiology departments. There are also job opportunities available in physicians’ offices, primarily with cardiologists, or medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers.
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.
1740 clock hours
Classroom instruction and lab - 1040 hours
Clinical internship - 700 hours
The day program can be completed in approximately 19 months.
The evening program can be completed in approximately 23 months.
Work in a variety of healthcare settings
Diagnostic imaging centers
Mobile imaging companies
Mar 27, 2017 (Eve)
Monday - Friday
5:30pm to 9:30pm
Other Financial Assistance
* Evening programs take longer to complete than day programs.
Kerrilynn is enrolled in the DCS program at AIMS.
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