All applicants are required to read the following information because a certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography will lead to qualifying the holder to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography registry exams and perform all of the duties of a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer. Therefore, all individuals admitted to the KU Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program will be asked to verify they have read and understand these technical standards.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROFESSION
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers use complex ultrasound equipment to perform a variety of echocardiographic procedures. Echocardiography is highly valuable diagnostic modality for the evaluation of cardiac anatomy, function, and hemodynamics. The sonographer uses reflected sound waves to image the structures of the heart in real-time motion and Doppler ultrasound to evaluate blood flow in the heart. It is the most commonly used imaging procedure for the diagnosis of heart disease.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, patient interviews, instruction and preparation, quality control testing, execution of patient imaging procedures including: routine and complex echocardiograms, treadmill and pharmacological stress echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiogram, computer image acquisition and image enhancement, and patient preparation for various procedures. A cardiac sonographer must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cardiac pathology, pathophysiology, and hemodynamics in different disease states. A cardiac sonographer must have an understanding of ultrasound physics and instrumentation. The cardiac sonographer must exhibit professionalism in the performance of these duties, demonstrate an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care, and maintain confidentiality of information as required. Professional growth and development is achieved through participation in medical and technical education and research to enhance the quality of patient care.
Upon successful completion of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Certificate Program, the graduate should be able to demonstrate entry level competencies in the above areas of the professional practice. Therefore, all applicants who are admitted to the program and become sonographers in training must demonstrate the following abilities and meet the following expectations:
Visual acuity is necessary for watching patient’s vital signs and for accurate image acquisition for all echocardiographic examinations.
Hearing and speech needs to be sufficient to communicate effectively and efficiently with all patients. Communications include not only speech but also reading and writing. The applicant/sonographer in training must be able to:
The applicant/sonographer in training must have manual dexterity and good physical coordination to position patients and operate and transport ultrasound equipment and must have full range of motion, utility of arms, hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate equipment. This is also necessary to assist patients on and off examinations tables and to assist patients and other sonographers with lifting patients out of wheel chairs and off carts onto examinations tables when necessary. The applicant/sonographer in training must be able to push the ultrasound equipment (500 pounds) and maneuver this equipment along with patient equipment in the patient’s room.
The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer applicant/student must:
Behavioral and Social
The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography applicant/student must:
The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography applicant/student must perform echocardiographic procedures by demonstrating appropriate competency in the following:
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the program. Applications from candidates whose response indicates that they cannot meet one or more of the expectations will be reviewed further by the Admissions Committee to determine if reasonable accommodations might be possible to facilitate successful completion of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography certificate program. This will be done with the applicant along with the faculty and the University of Kansas Equal Opportunity/Disability Specialist.
The University of Kansas is an AA/EO/Title IX institution.
Upon acceptance into the program, students are required to acknowledge they meet these technical standards by signing the technical standards acknowledgement form.