Cardiovascular Technician Programs in California

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Overview of Cardiovascular Tech (Echocardiology) Programs in California

Job skills for Cardiac Ultrasound technicians, which are also known as diagnostic medical sonographers, are changing alongside recent advancements in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The American Society of Echocardiography recommends that to become a trained technician you should attend an accredited program that includes both didactic and clinical instruction.

California has a number of echocardiography diploma programs, which take about 18 months to complete. There are also Associate, Bachelor of Science and Master's programs in sonography, allowing you to choose a program that can help you meet your career goals. Contact those schools you see below that offer echocardiogram technician programs in California to learn more.

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography offers a certification examination in a variety of specialty areas, including Adult Echocardiography, Fetal Echocardiography and Vascular Technology. After graduation you can take the exam and register as a professional tech, which may lead to a more desirable job and higher income. California does not require echo techs to hold a state license, but employers often prefer to hire technicians with a professional certification.

Echo Tech/Cardiac Ultrasound Education in California

California admissions criteria usually includes an official high school diploma or GED, high school transcripts, and you may need to take and pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam.

The core curriculum in a cardiac ultrasound program in CA includes 88 units with didactic classes and clinical laboratory training with the focus on Vascular Sonography and Vascular Laboratory.

An Associate of Science (AS) program concentrates in Vascular Ultrasound and Echocardiography. It requires 13 units of general education, 20 units of general diagnostic sonography courses, 14 units of your concentration and 6 units of externships with certified advisors, which takes about two years.

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Radiology is a four year program, and has a similar curriculum with a greater number of units in each category. If you have chosen to become a Cardiac Sonographer, make sure you compare accredited programs, and consider the amount of education that will meet your career goals.

If you have a lower income, you can visit the Financial Aid Office for a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program based on your income. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Foundation offers a $2500 scholarships to itsmembers. There are grants and loans available from the federal government also.

Echo Tech Careers in California

The field of cardiac sonography is rapidly growing, which requires the technician to develop a deeper level of understanding of the human heart and disease treatment. Non-invasive procedures are utilized to visualize and diagnose heart abnormalities.

This career includes knowledge of the following techniques:

  • Echocardiography
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiography
  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imagery
  • Computed tomography (CT scans)

Typical job duties in CA for appropriately trained cardiac technicians include:

  • Operating specialized equipment
  • Performing various diagnostic procedures and tests
  • Recording and transmitting images and echoes
  • Have the ability to understand and interpret the results

California cardiac sonographers earned a mean annual income of $68,110 in 2017, according to O*Net (2018). Job openings may increase 12% between 2016 and 2026 (O*Net, 2018). Your job outlook and salary may depend on your level of education and registration as a professional. 

Students are typically enthusiastic about this job, due to the advancements of the equipment and new career opportunities. If you are interested in learning how to become a cardiovascular ultrasound technician, contact the schools below that offer echo tech programs in California. Once you can compare information between schools, you can choose the one that best fits you.

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Traditional On Campus Programs:


American Career College (Long Beach, CA / Los Angeles, CA / Lynwood, CA / Ontario, CA / Orange County, CA)
Programs Offered:
Medical Assistant
Optical Technician
Vocational Nursing
Vocational Nursing

ATI College (Norwalk, CA / Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:
Completion Certificate in Ultrasound Technology
Brightwood College (Chula Vista, CA / North Hollywood, CA / Palm Springs, CA / Vista, CA)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant - Diploma
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Associate (North Hollywood)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Diploma (North Hollywood)
Diagnostic Vascular Sonography - Certificate (North Hollywood)
Healthcare Assistant
Holistic Health Practitioner
Medical Assistant - AS
Medical Assistant - AS
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Diploma
Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Diploma
Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Radiologic Technology - Diploma (North Hollywood)
X-ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant - Diploma
X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant Back Office Diploma Program

Casa Loma College (Van Nuys, CA)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
Central California School (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program
Accredited Diagnostic Medical Vascular Ultrasound Program
Accredited Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program
Accredited X-Ray Technician Program
Accredited X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant Program

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Radiography
Cypress College (Cypress, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Everest College (Reseda, CA)
Programs Offered:
Surgical Technologist
Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

(San Jose, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in MRI Technology
Ultrasound Technologist Program

Laurus College (Atascadero, CA / Oxnard, CA / San Luis Obispo, CA / Santa Maria, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Medical Billing and Coding
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Medical Radiography
Certificate in Computed Tomography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate in Imaging Informatics
Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Master of Science in Radiologist Assistant

Merced College (Merced, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology
Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology

Modern Technology School (Fountain Valley, CA)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant
Ultrasound/Vascular Technician Program

Mount San Jacinto College (San Jacinto, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Newbridge College (Long Beach, CA / Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:
Ultrasound (Diagnostic Medical Sonography) Diploma Program
Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology (Diagnostic)

PCI College (Cerritos, CA)
Programs Offered:
Abdominal Sonography Program
Obstetrical and Gynecologic Sonography Program
Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Program

San Joaquin Valley College (Bakersfield, CA / Delano, CA / Fresno, CA / Hanford, CA / Hesperia, CA / Lancaster, CA / Madera, CA / Modesto, CA / Ontario, CA / Porterville, CA / Temecula, CA / Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Dental Assistant
Certificate - Medical Assistant
Certificate - Medical Assistant
Certificate - Medical Office
Certificate - Medical Office
Certificate - Pharmacy Technology
Degree - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Degree - Medical Assistant
Degree - Medical Office
Degree - Pharmacy Technology
Degree - Respiratory Therapy

San Joaquin Valley College - Online (Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associates - Information Technology
Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

UEI College (Anaheim, CA / Bakersfield, CA / Chula Vista, CA / Encino, CA / Fresno, CA / Gardena, CA / Huntington Park, CA / Ontario, CA / Riverside, CA / San Marcos, CA / Stockton, CA / West Covina, CA)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant
Medical Assistant
Medical Billing & Insurance Coding
Medical Office Specialist
Pharmacy Technician

West Coast Ultrasound Institute (Beverly Hills, CA / Ontario, CA)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Associate Degree
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Bachelors Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelors Degree
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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