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Cardiovascular Sonography

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The cardiovascular sonography certificate program is 21-months in length. Students spend 30 to 40 hours each week at clinical affiliates dividing time between didactic course work and hands-on clinical applications.

Students in the program benefit from the wide variety of diagnostic examinations conducted at The University of Kansas Health System and affiliated clinical sites. The curriculum incorporates detailed, structured, and comprehensive course work and teaches the student to use independent judgment in the acquisition of diagnostic information.

Clinical Affiliates

Students in KU's cardiovascular sonography program benefit from the expertise of local professionals working at some of the region's top health care facilities:

  • The University of Kansas Health System main hospital campus.
    Includes Mid America Cardiology, KU Pediatrics, and Vascular Surgery Associates.
  • Olathe Medical Center.
  • Children's Mercy Hospital.

Costs and Financial Aid

  • Tuition for this program is $2,800 per semester. This flat rate applies to all students regardless of Kansas residency status.

  • During the program, professional registration exams are required to ensure students are successfully licensed and eligible for employment. Students are responsible for these costs.

    Students in the adult echocardiography and vascular technology concentration:

    • ARDMS Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Examination ($225)
    • ARDMS Adult Echocardiography Examination ($250)
    • ARDMS Vascular Technology Examination ($250)

    Students in the adult and pediatric echocardiography concentration:

    • ARDMS Sonography Principles and Instrumentation Examination ($225)
    • ARDMS Adult Echocardiography Examination ($250)
    • ARDMS Pediatric Echocardiography Examination ($250)

Concentration Areas

The following concentration areas are available in this program:

  • Adult echocardiography and vascular technology prepares graduates to become a credentialed Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) and a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

  • Adult and pediatric echocardiography prepares graduates to become a credentialed Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer with specialty in pediatric echocardiography (PE) through ARDMS or a Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Admission Requirements

  1. Degree/Academic Requirements
    A bachelor's or associate's degree with emphasis in science is preferred.

    Students without a bachelor’s degree must be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with an emphasis in a health care-related field, and/or have substantial experience working in a health care field.

    All college course work must be from accredited institutions. Credentials or transcripts not from an accredited U.S. academic institution will require evaluation by KU before acceptance.

  2. Prerequisite Courses
    The following courses must be completed from an accredited institution with a "C" grade or better to be eligible for the this program: algebra, English or speech/oral communication, human anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, and physics.

  3. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course (above).

  4. Health and Physical Requirements
    Good physical and mental health are essential to this field. Specifically, excellent visual acuity is necessary. The student must also possess manual dexterity, sufficient hearing and speech ability, and good physical coordination in positioning patients and operating equipment. Students must have full utility of both arms, both hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate equipment. The ability to handle extremely heavy objects is required.

    Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program and by the Equal Opportunity Office at KU Medical Center. Please review the program's technical standards for details.

  5. Background Check and Drug Screen
    The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit to a background check and provide the report to KU. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Applicants will be asked to request the report and make payment only after official acceptance into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check and drug screen instructions. Drug screening is required for activities in a clinical environment. Depending on geographic location, more than one drug test may be needed.

  6. International Students:
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

Financial Aid

KU encourages students to complete the FAFSA if he or she wishes to be considered for federal aid. To complete the FAFSA, please visit and provide the school code for the University of Kansas: 001948.

Apply Today buttonFederal assistance includes the following:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized, Parent PLUS)

Financial aid is available to qualified students. Learn more

Performance of Graduates

  • For the 2018 academic year, the performance of graduates of the KU cardiac sonography certificate program was as follows:

    Attrition rate: 16.7%

    Job placement rate: 100%

    Credential success rate: 100%
    (For graduates of adult echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, and vascular technology concentrations)


The KU certificate program in diagnostic medical sonography, with concentrations in vascular, cardiac, and pediatric cardiac, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

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Clearwater, FL 33763

Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students. For information on total program costs, enrollment information, and occupations available with this training, please see the gainful employment disclosure.

Location and Parking

The academic units of the School of Health Professions are located at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Visitors without pre-paid parking permits should park in the public parking garage along Olathe Blvd. on the south side of the campus. Accommodations are available upon request.

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Last modified: Jul 12, 2019

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For more information about graduation rates, costs, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please see the program's gainful employment disclosure.

This certificate program is a partnership between Mid-America Cardiology and the KU School of Health Professions. The offices for this program are located in the Mid-America Cardiology suite of The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

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