Associate in Applied Science - Echocardiography
Program LengthPrerequisites Length
7 quarters 3 quarters
Spokane Community College
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Are you interested in using technology to help patients? Echocardiography might be the program for you.
This program is commonly referred to as ""Echo"". Echocardiography technologists use sophisticated computers and cutting-edge technology to create and read sound waves in order to capture videos and images of the heart. These ultrasounds allow us to see into the body without pain or radiation so cardiologists can evaluate the function of the heart and plan possible treatment.
SCC's two-year program focuses on the adult heart and diseases that affect it. However, you also work with pediatric patients and even discuss the heart in the fetus. You become internationally registered by one of two international credentialing agencies that allow you to literally work anywhere in the world.
You will be among the highest paid and most sought after allied health workers, including nursing. You can work in a large variety of healthcare facilities ranging from hospitals to clinics and even administration or sales.
The first year of the program consists of learning in the classroom with laboratory experience on real equipment and real people. Later, you begin clinical rotations in hospitals and clinics and work on real cardiac patients. During the final six months of the program, students are placed full-time in a clinical setting, refining their skills and preparing to work. During this time, many students are placed in clinical sites throughout the U.S. A few students are able to stay in Spokane.
Program start: Fall (competitive entry)
Program length: 7 quarters
Number of students each start: 14
Contact:Tyler Roberts 509-533-7309
Applications deadline: June 30
Please note: Application
Echocardiography is an Allied Health profession specifically concerning the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease. The technologist performs examinations at the request or direction of a physician. Through subjective sampling and/or recording, the technologist proceeds with the examination to create an easily definable foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis may be established for each patient.
The primary role of the cardiovascular sonographer is to obtain recordings of ultrasound images of the heart and related structures for the physician to interpret. The various types of ultrasound equipment require a highly skilled operator to obtain the imaging information or other data required. The cardiovascular sonographer must obtain appropriate clinical history, cardiac-related physical findings, and pertinent laboratory data in order to adapt the imaging techniques to obtain comprehensive and diagnostic echocardiographic information. The Cardiovascular Technology Programs (Invasive and Noninvasive) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology (www.jrccvt.org). JRC-CVT 6 Pine Knoll Dr. Beverly, MA 01915-1425 (978) 456-5594. Students within the Echocardiography program are required to complete a six month, full-time clinical internship. As clinical space is limited in Spokane and the surrounding area, the student may be required to complete their internship in an out-of-town and/or out-of-area medical center.
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 107 or MATH& 146
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101
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Associate in Applied Science - Echocardiography
Total Prerequisites Credits: 45
Total Program Credits: 115
NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses
Echo/NCT Technologists must be able to:
Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
Push and pull routinely
Bend and stoop routinely
Have full use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders
Distinguish audible sounds
Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
Assist patient on and off examining tables
Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence
Reference: Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Students must have their health science clinical files completed before they attend clinical. Students reentering the programs or entering with advanced standing, must update their files before attending clinical.
All required paperwork is to be turned in to the health science office: Building 9, Room 132.
(Students must bring in a copy; the office is not equipped to make copies for students.)
Liability insurance - must be purchased from the SCC cashier; bring in a copy of your receipt.
Medical insurance - bring in a copy of your medical insurance card or purchase medical insurance from the SCC cashier and bring in a copy of your receipt. (If you have SCC medical insurance, it must be updated each quarter and a copy of your receipt must be brought in for your file.)
CPR - bring in a copy of a current CPR card (within the last year). This must be updated annually as long as you are in the program, and a copy must be kept on file.
TB test - bring in documented results of two- step TB test (two separate tests within the last year). Must show results and be signed and dated by a healthcare provider. The TB test must be within the last year and updated annually in your file as long as you are in the program and a copy on file.
DT - Diphtheria/Tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years. Must be signed and dated by a healthcare provider.
MMR - Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination or a titer for each of the diseases showing immunity. Must be signed and dated by healthcare provider.
A photo copy of your shot card may be substituted for the above immunizations (TB, DT, MMR).
Physical - current physical - signed and dated by the physician. Use Health Science physical form.
Drug screening - mandatory drug screening through Pathology Associates - results of which will be sent to the Dean by the lab. Students need to turn in a copy of their receipt for their file.
Hepatitis B form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
Chicken Pox form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
Flu Vaccine form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
Clinical Agreement form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
WSP and Disclosure/Authorization - Washington State Patrol background investigation form and release of information form.
Students are advised to keep a copy of their physical, TB test results and immunizations for their own records. Potential employers will be requesting this same documentation and the school is not responsible for providing such documentation.
Students who change programs or are reentering a program with advanced standing: previous files are not considered current and many file requirements will have to be updated.
It is the student's responsibility to maintain their own medical and personal records. You will need them again when you apply for employment in the medical field.
It is in your best interest to obtain a documented shot record from your healthcare provider and keep that record, along with updates, in a safe, accessible place in your personal file. It is also important for you to keep a copy of your CPR card and physical. The Health Science office does not provide copies.
The Cardiovascular Technology Programs (Invasive and ECHO) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology.
To contact the accrediting agencies:
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
6 Pine Knoll Dr.
Beverly, MA 01915-1425
Students must meet or exceed the following admissions requirements to be accepted in the Echocardiography program at SCC:
Complete the SCC admissions application by the application deadline.
Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Education Development test (GED).
Complete the required prerequisite college courses within 5 years of the application quarter. See the application packet for courses.
Submit all official transcripts to SCC Transcript Office. Unofficial transcripts (copies) must be included in application packet
Submit 3 confidential letters of recommendation. Sealed envelopes must be included in the application packet.
Show documentation of 40 hours as a volunteer or employee in a patient care setting and 10 of those hours much be completed in echocardiography.
Complete an interview scheduled by the selection committee.
Complete a clear national background check (required after being accepted into the program)
Sign the consent and release for authorizing SCC to perform a 10 panel drug screening (required after being accepted into the program)
Final selection for the Echocardiography Program is based on the high school and college GPA, completion of pre-requisite courses, grades received, letters of recommendation, and the personal interview.
Find all our application in the most recent application packet:
Please deliver application packet to the Registration Office in Building 15 (1810 N Greene Street Spokane, WA 99217-5399). Packets may be submitted up to 3 months prior to the application due date.
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