Who They Are
A diagnostic medical sonographer specifically trained in echocardiography is an echocardiographer or cardiac sonographer. Echocardiography (echo) is the use of ultrasound to assess the anatomy of the heart and blood vessels.
What They Do
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. A cardiac sonographer performs approximately six echoes per day on patients.
Where They Work
Cardiac sonographers work in hospitals, clinics, private offices, and in industry. This career may include evenings, weekends, and time on call.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) Echocardiography program at the University of Minnesota Rochester 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
Preparing to Apply
Students interested in transferring into the junior-admitting transfer only program can complete their first two years of undergraduate education at any institution. Prerequisite coursework includes anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, statistics and more. Further information on prerequisites can be found here. The BSHP program also has a patient care education requirement. Applicants must have completed the coursework and taken the licensing exam to become a CNA, RMA, RN, LPN, EMT, respiratory therapist, or radiologic technologist.