This is a 21-month certificate program designed to produce competent diagnostic cardiac sonographers through educational and clinical experiences at the region's premier academic health center. This program is provided in collaboration with Mid-America Cardiology at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. and includes clinical opportunities in hospitals in the Kansas City metro area. It is one of many programs in health care available from the KU School of Health Professions.
A certificate from the University of Kansas is awarded to the student upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to take the national registry examinations given by Cardiovascular International Credentialing (CIC) and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in adult cardiac sonography.
Please note: this program accepted its last class of students during the 2015-2016 academic year and will be discontinued after the last cohort completes the course work. Students interested in this field should explore the certificate in advanced cardiovascular technology, available for the first time in 2016-2017. For more information: healthprofessions.ku.edu.
A bachelor's degree with emphasis in science is preferred. If the student does not have a bachelor's degree, he or she must be registered or licensed in one of the following fields: radiography, nuclear medicine, nursing, ultrasound (or other 2-year health professions certificate program).
Prerequisite course work and minimum grade-point average requirements also apply. All college course work must be from accredited institutions. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution require evaluation by the KU International Student Services Office before they can be accepted for eligibility.
The following courses must be completed from accredited institutions to be eligible for the cardiac sonography program.
- English (or oral communication)
- Human anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
A background check is required. Prospective students should review the complete program eligibility requirements and application instructions on the program's website.
Certificate Program Requirements
This is a 21-month certificate program. During the program, students spend 30 to 40 hours a week at clinical affiliates dividing time between didactic course work and hands-on clinical applications. The curriculum includes ultrasound physics and instrumentation and cardiac anatomy and physiology. It incorporates detailed, structured, and comprehensive course work and teaches the student to use independent judgment in the acquisition of diagnostic information.
At the University of Kansas Hospital and other clinical sites, the cardiac ultrasound department conducts a variety of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. During training, students receive experience in patient care and performance of the following procedures: routine echocardiograms, stress testing, and use of contrast imaging and transesophageal echocardiography.
The student receives extensive interactive experience with registered cardiac sonographers or cardiologists in a laboratory accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.