About the Cardiovascular Sonography Program
The Cardiovascular Sonography Associate of Applied Science degree program of study is a 65-credit hour program, which includes classroom and laboratory instruction on campus as well as supervised clinical experience at affiliated health agencies.
Benefits of an OSU-OKC Cardiovascular Sonography Degree:
Nationally accredited (CAAHEP) Adult Echocardiography program ensures standardized instructional techniques and methodology. Graduates are eligible for national board exams by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
A degree program is preferred by many of the employers across the state.
Extensive “hands-on” instruction in a university laboratory setting. A faculty member will spend time with each student perfecting their technique.
Numerous, state of the art Sonography machines, and equipment is available for student practice/training in the department’s Sonography laboratory.
Training in stress cardiovascular sonography and transesophageal echocardiography.
Specialized training: All required student clinical rotations specialize in cardiovascular sonography. The entirety of student education is spent in the cardiovascular sonography specialty, therefore providing the student with specialized didactic and sonography scanning abilities.
Admission to the Cardiovascular Sonography program is based on a points system. One class is admitted to the program every academic year. Up to 20 students are admitted each year with the applicant pool varying from 60 to 100 applications. The accepted number is commensurate to the number of clinical rotations that we have available to offer the students. The following factors are considered in selecting these students:
- Grades from required prerequisite coursework
- 2.5 Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all previous collegiate academic work
- Pre-Admission TEAS test score
- Required prerequisite courses completed
- Pre-clinical vaccination/shot records (Due upon admission to the program)
Certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographers with an associate degree earn an average of $71,810 annually with 110 new positions each year, according to the Oklahoma Long-Term Occupational Outlook, 2020-2030 ok-occupational-employment-projections-2020-2030.pdf (oklahoma.gov). According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overall employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,100 openings for diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm.
Computer Literacy Requirement
Students enrolled in the program will be expected to use the computer for generating reports, testing, computer-assisted instruction and electronic searches. The cardiovascular technology curriculum at OSU-Oklahoma City is computer intensive. Graduation from the program allows the student to meet the computer literacy requirement. An introductory computer course is recommended for students lacking computer experience and/or skills.
Suggested Plan of Study
Diagnostic Imaging Department
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
440 N. Portland Ave., Room 1203
Oklahoma City, OK 73107