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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 diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below 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 2020

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology REVISED REQUISITE 4 2 0 5
CVS 160 CVS Clinical Ed I 0 4 9 5
CVS 163 Echo I 3 2 0 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry NEW VERSION 3 0 0 3
SON 111 Sonographic Physics 3 3 0 4
  Total: 13 11 9 21

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
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra NEW VERSION 3 2 0 4
  Total: 6 4 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
PHY 110 Conceptual Physics REVISED REQUISITE 3 0 0 3
PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab REVISED REQUISITE 0 2 0 1
  Total: 5 2 15 11

Total Credit Hours: 48

Additional Information

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology, chemistry, psychology 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.

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

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Advisor Alert: Blanket course substitutions are not allowed for this Program of Study in the General Education, Required Subject Area: Natural Science/Mathematics. Students must take MAT 171   or have written permission from the program coordinator on file in the Records office with the Registrar to accept transfer-in credit for courses previously completed.