This is a 24-month certificate program in which students spend 30 to 40 hours each week at clinical affiliates dividing time between didactic course work and hands-on clinical applications.

Students in the program benefit from the wide variety of diagnostic examinations conducted at The University of Kansas Hospital and affiliated clinical sites. The curriculum incorporates detailed, structured, and comprehensive course work and teaches the student to use independent judgment in the acquisition of diagnostic information.

The following concentration areas are available in this program:

  • Invasive electrophysiology prepares graduates to become a credentialed Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

  • Invasive and interventional disease prepares graduates to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) through CCI.

  • Adult echocardiography and vascular technology prepares graduates to become a credentialed Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

  • Adult and pediatric echocardiography prepares graduates to become a credentialed Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer with specialty in pediatric echocardiography (PE) through ARDMS.

  1. Degree/Academic Requirements
    A bachelor's degree with emphasis in science is preferred.
    For students without a bachelor's degree, an associate degree is required.
    All college course work must be from accredited institutions. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution will require evaluation by the KU international student services before acceptance.

  2. Prerequisite Courses
    The following courses must be completed from accredited institutions to be eligible for the this program: algebra, English or speech/oral communication, human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and physics.

  3. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course (above).

  4. Health and Physical Requirements
    Good physical and mental health are essential to this field. Specifically, excellent visual acuity is necessary. The student must also possess manual dexterity, sufficient hearing and speech ability, and good physical coordination in positioning patients and operating equipment. Students must have full utility of both arms, both hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate equipment. The ability to handle extremely heavy objects is required.

    Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program and by the Equal Opportunity Office at KU Medical Center. Please review the program's technical standards for details.

  5. Background Check and Drug Screen
    The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit to a background check and provide the report to KU. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. Applicants will be asked to provide information and make the payment only after official acceptance into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions. Drug screening is required for activities in a clinical environment. Depending on geographic location, more than one drug test may be needed.

  6. International Students
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

This is a 24-month certificate program in which students spend 30 to 40 hours each week at clinical affiliates dividing time between didactic course work and hands-on clinical applications. Students in the program benefit from the wide variety of diagnostic examinations conducted at The University of Kansas Hospital and affiliated clinical sites. The curriculum incorporates detailed, structured, and comprehensive course work and teaches the student to use independent judgment in the acquisition of diagnostic information.

During training, students choose to specialize in one of the following concentration areas:

  • Invasive Electrophysiology
  • Invasive & Interventional Disease
  • Adult Echocardiography & Vascular Technology
  • Adult & Pediatric Echocardiography

Invasive Electrophysiology Concentration

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 202CVT 304CVT 392
CVT 212CVT 312CVT 413
CVT 222CVT 321CVT 423
CVT 232CVT 3610-11CVT 497
CVT 253  
CVT 268  
 19 17-18 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 551CVT 752CVT 903
CVT 562CVT 773CVT 913
CVT 582CVT 841CVT 977
CVT 592CVT 8610-11 
CVT 6710-12  
 17-19 16-17 13
Total Hours: 97-101

Invasive & Interventional Disease Concentration

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 202CVT 304CVT 392
CVT 212CVT 312CVT 413
CVT 222CVT 321CVT 423
CVT 232CVT 3610-11CVT 497
CVT 253  
CVT 268  
 19 17-18 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 551CVT 752CVT 903
CVT 562CVT 773CVT 913
CVT 582CVT 841CVT 977
CVT 592CVT 8610-11 
CVT 6710-12  
 17-19 16-17 13
Total Hours: 97-101

Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Technology

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 202CVT 304CVT 392
CVT 212CVT 312CVT 413
CVT 222CVT 321CVT 423
CVT 232CVT 3610-11CVT 497
CVT 253  
CVT 268  
 19 17-18 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 551CVT 752CVT 903
CVT 562CVT 773CVT 913
CVT 582CVT 841CVT 977
CVT 592CVT 8610-11 
CVT 6710-12  
 17-19 16-17 13
Total Hours: 97-101

Adult and Pediatric Echocardiography

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 202CVT 304CVT 392
CVT 212CVT 312CVT 413
CVT 222CVT 321CVT 423
CVT 232CVT 3610-11CVT 497
CVT 253  
CVT 268  
 19 17-18 15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVT 551CVT 752CVT 903
CVT 562CVT 773CVT 913
CVT 582CVT 841CVT 977
CVT 592CVT 8610-11 
CVT 6710-12  
 17-19 16-17 13
Total Hours: 97-101