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Cardiac Sonography Option

Associate in Science -  Medical Imaging Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Anatomy/Physiology I/Lab BIO203 4 BIO105 or BIO108 or BIO195
College Algebra MAT193, MAT194 or any 3 credit college algebra course 3-4 MAT097, MAT099 or placement
Imaging Technology I or General Physics/Lab MIG111-see note* or PHY201-see note* Summer 3 or 4 MAT197 or placement
Patient Care in Medical Imaging MIG109 Fall 4 co-req MIG101
Intro to Ultrasound MIG101 Fall 2 acceptance into Cardiac Sonography Program.
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation MIG105 Fall 3 acceptance into Cardiac Sonography Program.
Anatomy/Physiology II/Lab BIO204 Fall 4 BIO203
Echo I MIG112 Spring 3 MIG101
Interpretation I MIG115 Spring 4 MIG109
Vascular Ultrasound MIG205 Summer I 3 Co-req MIG119 and co-req MIG205
Echo II MIG119 Summer I 3 MIG112
College Writing II ENG112 Summer I 3 ENG111
Principles of Sociology SOC101 Summer II 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Interpretation II MIG203 Summer II 3 MIG115
Related Pharmacology MIG121 Summer II 2 MIG115
Echo III MIG201 Fall 4 MIG119
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation for the Cardiac Sonographer MIG207 Fall 2 MIG105 and MIG119
Cardiac Sonography Clinical I MIG211 Fall 3 MIG119; co-req MIG201
Cardiac Sonography Clinical II MIG213 Spring 4 MIG211; co-req MIG215
Echo IV/Interpretation MIG215 Spring 4 MIG203
Advanced Interpretation Seminar MIG216 Spring 2 MIG211 and MIG203 and MIG215
Applications/Concepts CIT110 Spring 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Cardiac Sonography Clinical III MIG217 Summer 4 MIG213
Total Credits 66-67
Last Modified Date: May 4, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Health Sciences

Department: Medical Imaging

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: Imaging Technology I (MIG111 web-based) or General Physics I/Lab (PHY201) must be completed, with a grade of C or better, in the summer prior to the start of the program.

Option Overview

This option prepares students in the imaging of the human heart with sound waves. Students are prepared to use the equipment that produces sound waves, obtains an image, and provides the physician with diagnostic information for treatment.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Cardiac Sonography Option, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this option qualify for employment in hospitals, HMOs, clinics, doctors’ offices, mobile units, community health agencies, equipment/film companies, and/or as application specialist sales representatives.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge and technical skills required to perform cardiac echo examinations as an entry-level cardiac sonographer.
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of cardiac sonography to pursue registry status through The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
  • Understand the importance of lifelong continuing education in the field of Cardiac Sonography.