Adult Cardiac Sonography focuses on the function of the heart. The cardiac sonographer uses ultrasound to produce images of the heart by moving a transducer over the chest. These images help doctors detect heart function and valvular problems. This is a non-invasive procedure.
Students earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adult Cardiac Sonography do more than learn how to create echocardiograms or ultrasound images of a patient's heart. They also learn how to use medical technology in a way that helps physicians detect a variety of heart conditions-and help patients gain knowledge, comfort and peace of mind.
Vascular Sonography is creating ultrasound images of blood circulation in the legs, arms, head and neck. These images help doctors detect a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system such as blockage in an artery or a blood clot in a vein. This is a non-invasive procedure which means there are no punctures or incisions into the body.
Students earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vascular Sonography use ultrasound to aid in diagnosing vascular disorders-including stroke. Working in cooperation with physicians in direct patient care environments, graduates become skilled at using imaging and non-imaging techniques to detect and address peripheral vascular disease and venous abnormalities.
On average a student who graduates from this program will have a base salary of approximately $21.50 an hour or $44,700 per year.
Students enrolled in this program complete 43 hours of General Education courses and 97 semester hours in the Adult Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography dual major. Graduates meet published requirements by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) to apply for the examination to become a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and Vascular Technologist.
To learn more about programs available through the Bryan College of Health Sciences School of Health Professions, contact the Admissions Office at (402) 481-8697.