Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (DCVS)

Frequently Asked Questions

No - books may be purchased at ACC Bookstore.

Yes, go to sdms.org to find out how.

Right now there are no licensure requirements in the state of Texas. Sonographers should be registered by the ARDMS in order to perform studies but it is not currently mandatory. Medicare has passed registry requirements for vascular sonography reimbursement in several states. The state of New Mexico just recently passed a licensure law so it may be coming to Texas next.

YES!! Registry is available through the ARDMS and CCI. The exam requirements are based on the individuals level of education and experience. 

Depends on training, education, experience, and registry. Average starting salary for new graduates is at least $58,000. Experienced registered sonographers can expect to make between $60,000 and $80,000 annually according to the department of labor.  

Hospitals, diagnostic clinics, cardiovascular specialist offices, contract businesses, agencies. 

Career opportunities remain strong nationally and within the region. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that sonography is a rapidly growing field expected to add over 21,100 jobs between 2016-2026. It's data also indicates that the Houston Metro region employs over 1,700 sonographers with an annual wage mean of $85,080. Starting salary for a new graduate is generally around $55,000. Recruiters contact ACC regularly about qualified graduates to fill job openings.

We let you know of openings, but it is up to you and the employer if you get the job. Several agencies do market this program for employees. 

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Feb 15th for the AAS and Oct 1st for the ATC. 

Students completing pre-requisite classes during the application deadline may still apply to the program. Pre-requisite classes must be completed prior to the program start date. An email or letter will be required from the Professor to the Director of DCVS stating applicant is in good standing, currently passing and class attendance is regular. Applicants who have completed pre-requisite classes will be considered first. Acceptance will be contingent upon passing grade of pre-requisite class with a C or better. Grades must be submitted as soon as possible.

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