The diagnostic cardiac sonography curriculum includes ultrasound physics and instrumentation and cardiac anatomy and physiology. It incorporates detailed, structured and comprehensive coursework and teaches the student how to use independent judgment in the acquisition of diagnostic information.
The student will receive extensive interactive experience with registered cardiac sonographers and cardiologists in laboratories, many accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. During the program, students spend 30 to 40 hours per week at clinical affiliates dividing time between didactic course work and hands-on clinical applications.
At The University of Kansas Hospital and other clinical sites, the cardiac ultrasound department conducts a wide variety of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. During training, students receive experience in patient care and performance of the following procedures: routine echocardiograms, stress testing, and utilization of contrast imaging and transesophageal echocardiography.
A certificate from the University of Kansas is awarded to the student upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to take the national registry examinations given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) in adult cardiac sonography.
* Classes may be added and deleted.
Schedule of Courses
Term I: Fall
CSON 050 Cardiovascular Anatomy
CSON 052 Introduction to Doppler & Instrumentation
CSON 053 Introductory Concepts
CSON 054 Clinical Practicum I
CSON 060 Cardiac Physiology I
Term II: Spring
CSON 051 Introduction to EKG
CSON 061 Advanced Doppler & Instrumentation
CSON 062 Adult Echocardiography I
CSON 063 Clinical Practicum II
Term III: Summer
CSON 070 Adult Echocardiography II
CSON 071 Ultrasound Physics I
CSON 073 Clinical Practicum III
Term IV: Fall
CSON 081 Ultrasound Physics II
CSON 082 Adult Echocardiography III
CSON 083 Clinical Practicum IV
CSON 091 Congenital Heart Disease
Term V: Spring
CSON 080 Cardiac Assessment & Special Procedures
CSON 090 Adult Echocardiography IV
CSON 092 Senior Seminar
CSON 093 Clinical Practicum V