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Cardiac Sonography at El Centro

The Cardiac Sonography program at El Centro will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.

Intense Program Pays Off With a Great Career

As a student in the Cardiac Sonography program, you’ll benefit from our outstanding faculty and exemplary clinical rotations, which are recognized both locally and nationally.

The program requires a full-time commitment of lectures, skills labs and clinical experience. The schedule for classes and clinicals varies from semester to semester, but classes are typically held four days a week during daytime and evening hours.

Each semester involves about 40 hours of class and clinical experience each week. You should plan a minimum of two to three hours of studying and preparation time for each class or clinical experience. The demands of the courses are such that most students can’t work full time while enrolled in this program. If you need to work or have significant family responsibilities, we encourage you to plan your schedule carefully to balance the time commitment that this program demands.

This intense program pays off with experience and credentials that will give you an edge in a competitive job market. Graduates generally find immediate employment and have an excellent pass rate on credentialing exams.

Developing Skills for Success

As a Cardiac Sonography student, you’ll attend classroom sessions, get hands-on training in our Ultrasound Scanning Lab and go on field trips to enhance your learning experience. Clinical rotations begin the first week of class.

You’ll rotate through a minimum of three clinical facilities during your training, including metroplex hospitals and cardiology clinics, and you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of ultrasound equipment. You’ll take oral, practical and written exams throughout the program.

Cardiac Sonography classes are held in El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing at Market and Pacific streets, one block northwest from the main campus. The center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Application and Admission to the Program

The program accepts a limited number of students per entering class, including students pursuing an associate degree and certificate applicants who already have an associate or bachelor’s degree.

You must apply to the Cardiac Sonography program by Dec. 31 of each year for classes beginning the following June. 

Acceptance to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.) 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet
  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 
  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

See information packets for all allied health programs at El Centro College. Specific information on the selection and application process for individual programs is included in each packet.

Information Packet and Information Sessions

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet before viewing the online information session; it will contain complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions.

Distance Learning Options

The Cardiac Sonography program is also offered in a distance education format for eligible individuals who live more than 100 miles from El Centro College or other institutions that offer accredited Cardiac Sonography programs.

Contact Pam Farley in the allied health admissions office for more information about the distance education option.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in allied health programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations

The Cardiac Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Fla. 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT, 1449 Hill St., Whitinsville, Ma. 01588-1032, Phone: 978-456-5594).