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Academic Programs - School of Health Sciences

Echocardiography Certificate
HEGIS #5207
Chairperson: Margaret Ewart
Brahan Hall, Room 026, (518) 629-7123

Echocardiography is a one-year certificate program offered through the Medical Imaging Department. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry level cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavioral) learning domains. Echocardiography is a specialized concentration within the field of sonography. The demands of the cardiac sonographer require a working knowledge of detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart and its echogenic appearance as it is presented as a 2-D image, as well as scanning techniques to obtain the optimum image.

The program coordinates academic study with clinical experience during two terms as well as a clinical component of one summer. The clinical experience will affiliate the student with at least eight cardiology departments. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS exam.

The program not only prepares the graduate for employment, but also for transfer to four-year degree programs. Hudson Valley’s articulation agreement with Empire State College allows the graduate to pursue a baccalaureate degree while employed full-time.

The program has received New York Education Department Accreditation and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 6021 University Blvd., Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for re-admission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Re-admission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been readmitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Echocardiography program.

Students in this program may be subjected to drug testing and criminal background checks at their own expense. Results must be shared with the Department Chairperson and clinical education site and if the clinical site deems the student unfit to attend the site, the student may be unable to complete degree requirements.

Please note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect an individual’s right to be licensed. Applicants should see the department chairperson.

Echocardiography core courses must be taken at Hudson Valley.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Courses Notes High School Average
Must have a minimum of an associates degree in an allied health program which requires hospital based patient care experience with a 2.5 cumulative average OR a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 cumulative average and a minimum of 400 hours of hospital based patient care experience. All candidates applying must have a minimum of a “C” or higher in the additional college level entrance requirements. College level courses mandated: 8 credits human anatomy and physiology; 3 credits algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course; 4 credits physics and/or radiographic physics; 3 credits English such as composition or public speaking. Allied health programs may include: Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, RN, OTA, PTA, MD or DO. N/A

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $845.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

ECHO 252
Echocardiography Principles & Instrumentation 3
ECHO 254
Echocardiography I 2
ECHO 256
Anatomy/Physiology of the Heart 2
ECHO 258
Echocardiography Clinic I 8
ECHO 266
Pathology of the Heart 3
ECHO 268
Echocardiography Clinic II 8
ECHO 278*
Echocardiography Clinic III 13
SONO 262
Sonography Physics 4
 
Total Credits Required
43

*Additional clinical experience at assigned hospital to qualify for national exam.

Please note: there is a required intersession semester and a required summer semester for this program.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY

FIRST TERM
ECHO 252 Echo. Princ. & Instru. 3
ECHO 254 Echo. I 2
ECHO 256 A/P of the Heart 2
ECHO 258 Echocardiography Clinic I 8
  Term Total 15
SECOND TERM
ECHO 266 Pathology of Heart 3
ECHO 268 Echo. Clinic II 8
SONO 262 Sonography Physics 4
  Term Total 15

Intersession 1 - Two 40 hour weeks in clinic (part of ECHO 258)
Summer Term - ECHO 278 Echocardiography Clinic III 13