All concentrations offered by the DCVS Program at ACC including Adult Echocardiography, Vascular Sonography, and Pediatric Echocardiography, are officially accredited by CAAHEP.
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 Echocardiography or Vascular Technology 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).
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For more information, call 281-756-5625 or email Sonography@alvincollege.edu
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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.
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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 students to fill job openings. Starting salary for a new graduate is generally around $45,000. Salary can increase to $60,000-$80,000 after graduates pass the national registry exam and gain more experience.
DCVS – Adult Echocardiography............65 credit hours
DCVS – Vascular Technology....................65 credit hours
DCVS – Pediatric Echocardiography......65 credit hours
DCVS – Adult Echocardiography ..................37 credit hours
DCVS – Vascular Technology ..........................37 credit hours
DCVS – Pediatric Echocardiography.............23 credit hours
The Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Associate Degree program costs approximately $6,500*. 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.
Visit CampusRN to apply for the $2,500 regional scholarship.
Need more information, call or email Sonography@alvincollege.edu.
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