U of M Program (Rochester)
Echocardiography (echo) is the use of ultrasound to assess the anatomy of the heart and blood vessels. A diagnostic medical sonographer specifically trained in echocardiography is an echocardiographer or cardiac sonographer. A cardiac sonographer performs approximately six echoes per day on patients.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) Echocardiography program offers an exceptional educational experience by providing high-quality didactic and clinical experiences that prepare students to:
- Perform patient assessments
- Acquire and analyze data obtained using ultrasound and related diagnostic technologies
- Provide a summary of findings to the physician to aid in patient diagnosis and management
- Use independent judgment and systematic problem solving methods to produce high quality diagnostic information and optimize patient care
A typical day involves reviewing the patient's history, performing the echo examination along with blood pressure, and presenting the echo findings to the physician and other allied health staff. Cardiac sonographers also help teach other student sonographers and medical residents-in-training and are expected to continually learn new technology and disease processes.
Click on the link below for more information on the program offered through University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences.