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Cardiac Technician Careers and Degrees


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Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography) Programs in Texas

An aging population and the Affordable Care Act have created a significant need for well-trained medical professionals. A recent article from The Houston Chronicle describes health care as one of the only industries that saw growth despite the economic downturn, and researchers expect that trend to continue throughout the foreseeable future.

If you'd like to learn more about becoming a cardiac ultrasound technician in Texas, simply request more information from the schools below.

Students who enter a program in Texas to become a cardiac ultrasound technician can potentially reach thousands of patients in Texas as a result. For example, Texas Children's Hospital reveals that they perform around 20,000 echocardiographs each year for infants and children. That number includes just the procedures handled at a single medical facility, which employs a team of nearly forty health care professionals who maintain the hospital's echocardiography lab.

For students who want to work with cutting-edge technology that also provides an essential service for patients, studying to become an echo tech in Texas is a great path to consider.

You can generally choose between a sonography certificate program or an Associate's degree program in sonography, and your educational and career goals may influence which educational route you take. If you're a current health professional, additional training through a sonography certificate may be your best choice. If you're entering college for the first time, you may want to consider the ample knowledge given in an associate's degree program.

Echo Tech/Cardiac Ultrasound Education in Texas

As you investigate different ultrasound education programs, you'll want to look at programs with valuable accreditations from organizations like the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Additionally, a curriculum designed to adhere to the recommendations of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCEDMS) is also a valuable consideration.

Cardiac sonography programs for associate's degrees routinely take around two years to complete and may include a variety of general core programs in addition to clinical training during the second year.

General health classes you may see in your program include Anatomy and Physiology, Basic Health Profession Skills, and General Health Professions Management. Degree-specific courses for future echo techs may include Principles of Echocardiography and Advanced Ultrasound Principles and Instrumentation. Additionally, credits dedicated to a practicum or field experience will also likely be part of your cardiac ultrasound education.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals entry-level education for diagnostic medical sonographers is an associate's degree, so you can begin searching for a job upon completion of your program.

To help pay for your education, you may want to tap into the resources of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Additionally, Texas Adventures in Education offers a helpful search tool for finding a scholarship to help you pay for school.

Echo Tech Careers in Texas

The overall health care industry in Texas is in good shape, but employment figures from the BLS also paint a positive picture for future echo techs. For example, Texas is fourth in the nation for total echo tech jobs. The large urban areas around Dallas and Houston offer some of the highest employment levels in the nation for this occupation. Nationwide, echo techs see a mean annual wage of $68,390, which is slightly above the $65,720 mean annual wage in Texas. However, urban areas like Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas do see averages that match national numbers.

After completing your training, you'll have a choice of working in a hospital, which is where most diagnostic imaging employment is found. Additional facilities that hire echo techs include medical laboratories and physician's offices. As you begin your job search, you may find membership in professional organizations like the SDMS helpful, as well as membership in the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).

You'll also want to explore becoming an RDCS, which is a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, as well as valuable examinations and credentials available through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Training to become a cardiac ultrasound technician is a sound choice for future job opportunities. It's also a great way to use your interest in technology and medical imaging to help a variety of patients that range from infants and children to adults and the elderly. Reach out to the Texas ultrasound schools listed on our site to learn more.


Featured Online Schools:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:

Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Echocardiography
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Vascular Technology
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography - Vascular Technology

American Intercontinental University (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Healthcare Management - Houston, TX
Austin Community College District (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (Echocardiography)
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiology
Enhanced Skills Certificate in Vascular Technology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions (San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Accredited Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Accredited Program in Radiologic Technologist

Brightwood College (Fort Worth, TX / San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant - Diploma
Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant - AS
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Office Specialist - Diploma
Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Phlebotomy/EKG Technician - Diploma

Career Education Corporation (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate Program in Cardiovascular Technology

Dallas County Community College District (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Advanced Training Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Applied Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in Radiologic Technology
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Echocardiography
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - General

El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Everest College (Arlington (Mid Cities), TX / Ft. Worth South, TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant Diploma
Medical Assistant Diploma
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma
Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Everest Institute (Austin, TX / Bissonet, TX / Hobby, TX / San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant (Diploma)
Dental Assistant Diploma
Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma
Medical Assistant Diploma
Medical General Diploma
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Diploma

Fortis College (Grand Prairie, TX / Houston North, TX / Houston South, TX)
Programs Offered:
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Assisting
Medical Assisting - Diploma
Medical Billing and Coding
Radiologic Technology - Diploma (Grand Prairie, TX)
Sterile Processing Technician - Diploma
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Grand Prairie, TX)
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Houston South, TX)

Houston Community College (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography

Lamar Institute of Technology (Beaumont, TX)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Lone Star College System - Cyfair (Cypress, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - Kingwood (Kingwood, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - Montgomery (Conroe, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - North Harris (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Lone Star College System - Tomball (Tomball, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiologic Technology
Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate
Sonography Non-Invasive Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate

Midland College (Midland, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Remington College (Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / Houston Southeast (Webster), TX / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assisting- Diploma
Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)- Diploma
Medical Assisting- Diploma
Medical Billing and Coding- Diploma
Pharmacy Technician- Diploma

Southern Careers Institute (San Antonio (South), TX)
Programs Offered:
Pharmacy Technician
St Philips College (San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Radiography Technology

The College of Health Care Professions (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound - AAS Degree
Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist Program

(Brownsville, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology


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