This is a 21-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 Health System 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:

  • Adult echocardiography and vascular technology prepares graduates to become a 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 registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer with specialty in pediatric echocardiography (PE) through ARDMS or a registered congenital cardiac sonographer through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Program accreditation, outcomes, and gainful employment disclosure are available at cvt.kumc.edu.

  1. Degree/Academic Requirements
    A bachelor's or associate's degree with emphasis in science is preferred. Students without a bachelor’s degree must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with an emphasis in a health care-related field, and/or have substantial experience working in a health care field.

    All college course work must be from accredited institutions. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution will require evaluation by KU before acceptance.

  2. Prerequisite Courses
    The following courses must be completed from an accredited institution with a "C" grade or better 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 21-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 Health System 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:

  • Adult Echocardiography & Vascular Technology
  • Adult & Pediatric Echocardiography

Adult Echocardiography and Vascular Technology Concentration

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVS 201CVS 303CVS 396
CVS 211CVS 312CVS 495
CVS 231CVS 367CVS 751
CVS 252CVS 551 
CVS 266  
 11 13 12
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
CVS 241CVS 574 
CVS 403CVS 867 
CVS 676  
 10 11 
Total Hours 57

Adult and Pediatric Echocardiography

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CVS 201CVS 303CVS 396
CVS 211CVS 312CVS 495
CVS 231CVS 367CVS 751
CVS 252CVS 551 
CVS 266  
 11 13 12
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours 
CVS 281CVS 584 
CVS 413CVS 867 
CVS 676  
 10 11 
Total Hours 57