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Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound) Certificate

Hamad Ghazle, Program Director
(585) 475-2241, hhgscl@rit.edu

Program overview

The certificate in echocardiography is an eighteen-month program that includes a clinical internship. The program, which focuses on the evaluation of the heart, its valves and chambers, and associated vessels, was designed to exceed the objectives of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program produces competent, compassionate, and responsible echocardiography professionals and leaders. This certificate is available to all registered allied health practitioners as well as those holding an associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The certificate includes lectures and course work integrated with a clinical internship. Depending on a candidate's previous course work, certain prerequisite courses such as a patient care course may be required prior to or during enrollment in the program. Contact the program director for further information on prerequisite course work and degree options.

Graduates earning the certificate will:

  • gain a thorough working knowledge of echocardiography scanning techniques;
  • be skilled in the operation of ultrasound instrumentation and laboratory equipment;
  • acquire the proper manner in working with patients; and
  • under guidance from faculty and professional staff, become capable of scheduling and performing the daily workload of ultrasound procedures, of evaluating new procedures where necessary, and of supervising other technical personnel.

Plan of study

During the first academic year, students complete all the prerequisite courses required to enter the clinical internship phase of the program. Students also apply, polish, and test their clinical skills and techniques in the on-campus ultrasound scanning suite, which is equipped with a variety of ultrasound equipment. Following a required two-week pre-clinical internship orientation session, students begin their training at the first of two assigned clinical training sites.

In addition to the echocardiography certificate, RIT also offers a bachelor of science degree and a certificate in diagnostic medical sonography. Both of these options are designed to meet the growing needs of the national and international medical communities.

Clinical internship

The clinical internship is divided into two rotations completed at various medical facilities. After successfully completing the first year of course work, students are assigned to a clinical training site. At these facilities, students work side by side with physicians, echocardiographers, cardiologists, and other health care professionals to learn, develop, apply, sharpen, and master the necessary skills to perform various echocardiographic examinations. Each student’s clinical progress and performance is closely monitored by faculty. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examinations.

Curriculum

Echocardiography, certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year    
ECHO-305 Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology 3
ECHO-307, 308 Echocardiographic Scanning Skills and Techniques I, II 2
DMSO-309, 310 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I, II 6
MEDS-415 Pathophysiology of Organ Systems I 3
ECHO-320 Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pharmacology 2
Second Year    
ECHO-401, 402 Echocardiography I, II 6
ECHO-410 Ischemic Heart Disease: Stress Echocardiography 2
ECHO-415 Cardiac M-Mode 2
ECHO-430, 431 Congenital Heart Disease I, II 4
ECHO-465 Echocardiography Special Procedures 2
ECHO-425 Seminar in Echocardiography 2
ECHO-420, 421 Clinical Echocardiography I, II 8
Total Semester Credit Hours 42