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Cardiac Technician Careers and Degrees


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Overview of Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography) Programs in North Carolina

There are many career opportunities in the field of cardiovascular technology (sonography) as this non-invasive testing is often the choice of cardiologists to diagnose and treat patients with cardiac disease. Cardiovascular technologists or sonographers can get a certificate, an Associate of Science, a Bachelor of Science or Master's Degree in this field.

Reach out to the North Carolina schools with echocardiography programs listed below to learn more about getting started.

The American Society of Echocardiography recommends an accredited program that combines didactic classes and clinical instruction. After graduation, when you take the exam for national certification, you will have successfully proved your knowledge and skills for your new career.

The duties for cardiac sonographers have advanced in recent years due to new tools in cardiovascular ultrasound. Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) along with cardiac mechanics are gaining broader acceptance as sonographers have learned new imaging modalities and this science has gained a new understanding.

North Carolina has several available, accredited programs, but they may be titled differently. An Associate of Science degree in diagnostic cardiac sonography may be called echocardiograph sonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography, cardiovascular sonography or cardiovascular technology. A one year certificate program may be earned if you already have an associate degree in the medical field. In addition, there are online programs available where you study at home and complete your clinical requirements in a local healthcare facility with a preceptor.

The typical admission criteria includes an official high school graduation or high school equivalency, an official transcript of any college work and placement tests may be given.

Some of the required courses required to become a certified echocardiology technician in North Carolina may include:

  • English
  • General Biology
  • math
  • physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Integrated Software Intro
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Digital Electronics
  • Medical Law and Ethics

Once you have graduated from college you are eligible to take the Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation and Adult Echo registry exam. The certification exam is offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or the exam by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International certifies you to become a registered cardiac sonographer (CCI). This will look good on your resume and help you get your desired job.

If you need financial assistance, complete the FAFSA application, which is a Federal grant based on income. North Carolina has the CFNC organization that is a grant program to help NC students who demonstrate financial need.

Echo Tech Careers in North Carolina

Cardiac sonographers in North Carolina earned an income of $62,440 in 2014 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduates may find positions in hospitals, doctor's offices, mobile devices, medical and diagnostic laboratories and educational institutions. The number of Cardiovascular Technologists may increase by 32 percent over the next decade in NC, according to O*Net Online. The rapid growth is expected to continue, which may translate to job security.

This is a career that may satisfy you if you enjoy working with people and there are many opportunities for achievement with this career. Contact the schools in North Carolina with cardiac ultrasound programs today to learn more.


Featured Online Schools:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:

North Carolina

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Asheville, NC)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
Computed Tomography & Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology Diploma
Computed Tomography Technology Certificate

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (Hudson, NC)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Cardiovascular Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Cardiovascular Sonography Certificate Program
Echocardiography Certificate Program

Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)
Programs Offered:
Technical Certificate in Medical Sonography
Technical Certificate in Radiography

Carteret Community College (Morehead City, NC)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
Forsyth Technical Community College (Winston Salem, NC)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Placement Diploma Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate in Applied Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Applied Science in Cardiovascular Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Cardiovascular Sonography Diploma
Non-Clinical Certificate in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology
Traditional Clinical Certificate in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology
Traditional Non-Clinical Certificate in Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology

Johnston Community College (Smithfield, NC)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Cardiac and Vascular Sonography
Associate in Science in Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Radiography
CT/MRI Technology Certificate
CT/MRI Technology Diploma Program

Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:
Medical Billing and Coding - Certificate
Pitt Community College (Winterville, NC)
Programs Offered:
Abdominal Sonography Certificate
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diploma Program
Computed Tomography Certificate
Echocardiography Diploma Program
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate
OB/GYN Sonography Certificate

South College (Asheville, NC)
Programs Offered:
Radiologic Sciences - Bachelor of Science (Asheville)
Radiologic Technology - Associate of Applied Science (Asheville)

South Piedmont Community College (Polkton, NC)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Sonography
Southeastern Institute (Charlotte, NC)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Pharmacy Technology
Southwestern Community College (Sylva, NC)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography


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