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Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (DCVS)

All concentrations offered by the DCVS Program at ACC including Adult Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography are officially accredited by CAAHEP.

Program Description

Sonography is the use of high-frequency sound waves, also known as ultrasound, to observe the internal world of the human body. ACC offers a two year program which prepares individuals for a health career in either Adult Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography, and Vascular Sonography which are branches of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Upon graduation, students will possess the skills necessary to perform ultrasound and related diagnostic exams of the heart or blood vessels.

The Advanced Technical Certificate program is a condensed version of the A.A.S. option available to students that already have a degree in an allied healthcare related field.

Graduates of these programs may also earn their credentials by taking the national registry exam offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Both programs are accredited through the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) which is under the umbrella of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Learn more about the DCVS Program. Sign-up to attend one of our Information Sessions.

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Lecture Series

Lectures are 1.5 hours each and held every
other month on Monday’s from 6 - 7:30pm
Pediatric Echocardiography Lectures


For more information, call 281-756-5625 or email


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Volunteer Scans

The DCVS program is in need of volunteers willing to have a scan of their heart or blood vessels performed by the students and supervised by faculty in the DCVS program. All ages are welcome, including children and adults.
To schedule your free scan, call 281-756-5625 and complete the:

Career Opportunities

Sonographers typically work in hospitals, but they may also work in physician offices, diagnostic centers, ultrasound equipment vendors as sales or application specialists, mobile services, and contract agencies. Career opportunities in the Houston-Galveston area and nationally remain strong. Recruiters contact ACC regularly about qualified graduates to fill job openings. Starting salary for a new graduate is generally around $55,000. Median salary for all Sonographers $34.00/hr or $62,540 annually.


Associate of Applied Science Degree
DCVS – Adult Echocardiography............65 credit hours
DCVS – Vascular Sonography....................65 credit hours
DCVS – Pediatric Echocardiography......65 credit hours

Advanced Technical Certificate – Allied Healthcare Providers
DCVS – Adult Echocardiography ..................37 credit hours
DCVS – Vascular Sonography..........................37 credit hours
DCVS – Pediatric Echocardiography.............23 credit hours

Program Investment

The Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Associate Degree program current cost breakdown is listed above. This amount is based on a pre-set curriculum sequence and in-district tuition. It includes tuition, fees, textbooks, scrubs, supplies, seminars, parking at clinical sites and malpractice insurance.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

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3110 Mustang Road • Alvin, TX 77511

For accommodations: 281-756-3531
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DCVS Deadlines

  • The AAS application deadline is February 15th every year.
  • The ATC application deadline is October 15th every year.

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