The Profession

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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.


Echocardiography as a career is growing much faster than average. In the next ten years, the number of jobs is supposed to increase by 14%. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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

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