The Certificate in Cardiac Sonography is a 12-month program. Coursework and clinical time in this program involves more in depth concentrated study of assessment of the heart. It includes extensive study of the heart hemodynamics, normal anatomy, disease processes, and patient treatment. The Cardiac Sonography program begins each Fall. This program prepares students to sit for the board exam and RDCS credentialing exam. All students are required to take and pass the ARDMS Standard Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) exam before completion of the program. This program does require a previous associate/bachelors degree in any field.
Upon completion of the certificate requirements, the student is eligible to sit for the national examination board of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and obtain their RDCS credential.
Program LengthTwelve (12) months
Possible CareersRegistered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
Application DeadlinesThere are currently no published application deadlines.
Admissions RequirementsTo be eligible for admission, the applicant must fulfill ONE of the following three requirements.
1. Any Associate degree from an accredited college or university (science area preferred).
2. Any Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university (science area preferred).
3. Be a graduate of an accredited Allied Health program, including nursing (2-year, LVN, registered nurse).
All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses within the past five years:
- Anatomy and Physiology, two-part sequence with labs
- Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Physics
- College Algebra, can have a higher level class, such as Calculus.
- Fundamentals of Health Care (taken before entering the program at LLU the Summer prior to starting the program.)
- If attending a Seventh-day Adventist college/university, 4 quarter or 3 semester units of religion per year is required.
- Complete 8 hours of observation (volunteer/employee) in the LLUMC Sonography Department.
CPR Requirement Students are required to have a current Health Care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association upon admission into the program. Students must maintain it for the entire length of the program.
Discipline Accrediting AgencyThe University's medical sonography curricula in both general sonography and echocardiography have been accredited since 1983 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2022-2023
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Books & Supplies||$2,175||$725|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—||—|
Expected costs for the 2022-2023 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
Estimated Living Expenses
Academic Year 2022-2023, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Room & Board||$14,985||$4,995|
- Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
- International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
- In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.