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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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.
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Adult Echocardiography...........68-69 credit hours (2 years)
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Vascular Technology...........68-69 credit hours (2 years)
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Pediatric Echocardiography...........70-71 credit hours (2 years)
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Echocardiography.......................39 credit hours (1½ years)
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography – Vascular Technology.................. 39 credit hours (1½ years)
Pediatric Echocardiography................ 27 credit hours (1½ years)
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.
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Need more information call or email Sonography@alvincollege.edu.
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