Echocardiography technician is a specialized concentration within the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound. The Echo Technologist learns to become adept at obtaining and interpreting diagnostic quality images of the heart and surrounding structures, evaluating heart anatomy, chamber size, overall heart function. The program coordinates academic study with clinical laboratory experience at a hospital or clinic.
What Does an Echo Technician Do?
Echo techs are sometimes referred to as echocardiographers or cardiac sonographers. Your primary responsibility as an echo tech is to gather data that can be used by a physician to diagnose heart disease. Read on to learn more about the job responsibilities of an echo tech and the training you need to become one. An echo tech is a cardiovascular technologist who specializes in using non-invasive imaging technology to analyze a patient’s heart, specifically the function of its veins, arteries, chambers, and valves. As an echo tech, your main responsibility would be to calibrate and use medical diagnostic imaging machines to take images of a patient’s heart. You may need to position a patient for imaging while they are lying down or monitor their heart as they are walking on a treadmill. Because you work with many different kinds of patients, you need to have excellent communication skills. Other job duties you may need to perform include speaking to patients about the procedure, taking several images of the hearts, and administering medications to patients in order to study their heart’s reaction to pharmacological stress. Positions available to graduates of this program include intermediate level invasive cardiology technician, echocardiographer, vascular sonographer, and/or intermediate level assistant to ultrasound/sonograph laboratory technician.
Echocardiography program consists of the following:
Terminology, Anatomy, Physiology (Lecture)
Physics & Instrumentation I (Lecture & Lab)
Physics & Instrumentation II (Lecture & Lab)
Vascular I (Lecture & Lab)
Vascular II (Lecture & Lab)
Echocardiography I (A&B) – Coronary Artery Disease, Complications of MI, Pericardial Diseases, Color Doppler, Spectral Doppler Instruments Analysis, Artifacts, Safety, and Performance (Lecture & Lab)
Echocardiography II (A&B) – Congenital Heart Diseases (Lecture & Lab)
Externship (at a healthcare environment)
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are awarded a completion certificate. Students of Echocardiography program will have the opportunity to train and observe the following practices in the field: adult echocardiography,patient management and clinical medicine, ultrasound physics and instrumentation, pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases and therapeutic measures, 2D & M mode echocardiography, cardiac doppler and color flow echocardiography, advanced techniques in echocardiography and stress echocardiography.
Although echocardiographers are not required to meet state licensure requirements in California, organizations such as the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) certify the skills and knowledge of Echocardiography Technologist through credentialing, including registration. Because registration provides an independent, objective measure of an individual’s professional standing, many employers prefer to hire Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS).
However, some graduates of Echocardiography program may be eligible for specialty examinations, see ARDMS Exam Prerequisite for detailed information to participate in certification specialty examinations from the ARDMS.
Registration with ARDMS requires passing of General Sonography Principles and Instrumentation examination “SPI” (upon successful completion of Physics modules/classes at ATI College, students are eligible to apply and sit for the SPI exam immediately), in addition to passing exams required for Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) and/or Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credentials.
ATI College is Nationally Accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) since 2002.
Individuals with a high school diploma, GED, or college degree are eligible to apply. Each applicant must take an entrance exam (consists of math and English) to enter the program of study at their college.
Day Classes: 18 months, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Evening Classes: 27 months, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm Monday through Thursday.
Start Dates 2018-2019
Why choose ATI College?
Nationally Accredited by ACCSC
Government Financial Aid available for those who qualify
Flexible day and evening schedules
Advanced hands-on training with actual patients
A wide variety of externship opportunities
Dedicated Faculty and Staff
Career placement assistance
Small size classrooms