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Cardiovascular Sonography -
Adult Echocardiography

Curriculum Description

The Cardiovascular Sonography curriculum provides the individual with the knowledge and skills necessary to acquire, process, and evaluate the human heart and vascular structures. A cardiovascular sonographer uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the heart and vascular structures.

Course work includes effective communication and patient care skills combined with a knowledge of physics, human anatomy, physiology, and pathology, all of which are essential to obtaining high quality sonographic images.

Graduates may be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for examinations in physics, cardiovascular physics, vascular physics, and adult echocardiography. Graduates may find employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, mobile services, and educational institutions.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 51.0999
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology 4 2 0 5
CVS 160 CVS Clinical Ed I 0 0 15 5
CVS 163 Echo I 3 2 0 4
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Mathematical Models 2 2 0 3
Survey of Mathematics (3) (0) (0) (3)
College Algebra (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 12 6 15 20

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 161 CVS Clinical Ed II 0 0 24 8
CVS 164 Echo II 3 2 0 4
SON 111 Sonographic Physics 3 3 0 4
  Total: 6 5 24 16

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 162 CVS Clinical Ed III 0 0 15 5
CVS 277 Cardiovascular Topics 2 0 0 2
SON 271 Doppler Sonography Topics 1 3 0 2
___ ___ English Option 3 0 0 3
  Total: 6 3 15 12

Total Credit Hours: 48

Additional Information

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology, chemistry, and algebra. Successful completion of a physics course prior to the first semester of program enrollment is recommended.
  2. A grade of C or better in all required related and program specific courses is mandatory for admission and progression in Cardiovascular Sonography – Adult Echocardiography.
  3. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.
  4. Associates of Allied Health or a Bachelor’s degree is required.

Program Information
This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process based on grades earned in required related courses (i.e. biology, English, psychology, etc.) and completion of any training such as certified nurse assistant I and II, emergency medical technician, paramedic, or any diploma or degree in a health or non-health field. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

English Option – Select one: COM 120*, COM 231*, ENG 112*, ENG 113*, ENG 114*, or ENG 115

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on

General Education Courses

Written Communication:

COM 120, ENG 111, ENG 112, ENG 113, ENG 114

Oral Communication

COM 231, ENG 115


MAT 115, MAT 140, MAT 161


BIO 163


CVS 163