Frequently Asked Questions: KU Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Certificate Program

How many students do you accept each year?

At the present time, we accept only 4 students per year. Since ours is a twenty-one month program, we have a total of 8 students during the fall and winter semesters and 4 students during the summer semesters.  [back to top]

What are the costs of the education at KU?

Tuition for the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program in 2005-06 was two-thousand, eight-hundred dollars ($2,800.00) per semester for the 5-semester, 21-month program. For information on fees and other costs associated with an education at KU, please see our informational packet. All program costs are subject to change. The costs of student application and registration fees, books, uniforms and parking vary, are extra and are the responsibility of the student.  [back to top]

How much competition is there for the available positions in the program?

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography is a growing field with excellent prospects for employment (Employment for cardiac sonographers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2008*). As such, many people are interested in the program, making it competitive.

However, prospective students must have both the prerequisites and the motivation to complete the application process. Therefore, we encourage everyone who has the prerequisites and is interested to complete the application process. Only those who have completed the application process can be considered for the program.  [back to top]

Is there a time limit on prerequisites?

No. It does not matter when you completed a prerequisite as long as it was earned at an accredited college or university.  [back to top]

Do I have to have a medical background to be considered for the program?

No. However, careers in health care require significant personal commitment. Experience in the medical field gives the applicant important insight into the level of commitment necessary for success in our program and in the medical field in general.  [back to top]

What job opportunities would a graduate have?

Employment for cardiac sonographers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2008 (American Society of Echocardiography Sonographer Education Task Force, 2002).  [back to top]

Can I work while attending the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program?

Students or sonographers-in-training are not prohibited from being employed outside of the program provided that this work does not interfere with their regular academic responsibilities. Some of our students work part-time and others do not. None of our students at the present time have chosen to work full-time during the program.  [back to top]

What on-campus housing options are available for students?
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Many local housing ads are posted online. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus. See Student Housing for information.

Is the background check required when applying to the program?
not during the application process, but students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before entering the program.

I already have a degree, but it's not from a U.S. college or university. What steps do I need to take?
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see our information for international students page for more details about this procedure.

I need driving directions.
KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City and easily accessible from I-35. The campus resides at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. See: KU Medical Center maps, parking and directions. The main campus of KU is located in Lawrence, Kan. along Interstate 70. See: KU-Lawrence maps, parking and directions.

Last modified: Feb 06, 2014

Yellow triangle with black exclamation point.Note: Applications for dignostic cardiac sonography are no longer available. KU now offers the 24-month certificate in advanced cardiovascular technology. Learn about the new program and how to apply.