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Adult Echocardiography Program

Adult Echocardiography Program

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Learn how to become a Cardiac Sonographer

The Adult Echocardiography Program at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospitals Cardiovascular Institute is a certificate-level, 52-week training program that prepares students to enter the healthcare field as skilled entry-level cardiac sonographers. Graduates may work in a variety of allied healthcare settings, from large hospital centers to small outpatient clinics, performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations on the adult heart.

The program consists of didactic classroom, hands-on laboratory, and clinical externship experience with coursework designed to build upon previous classes.

The Cardiovascular Institute utilizes multiple Baylor Scott & White facilities for clinical externship training with a 1:1 clinical instructor to student ratio, which provides an excellent clinical education for each student. Experienced instructors, sophisticated audiovisual (A/V) equipment and classrooms, and a challenging didactic schedule combined with real-world clinical experience make the Cardiovascular Institute a competitive career choice in the Allied Health field of Adult Echocardiography.

What is ultrasound imaging?

The human ear can detect very low sound frequencies from around 20 Hertz (cycles per second) up to very high pitches of 20,000 Hertz. Ultrasonic imaging machines utilize frequencies in the range of 1,000,000 to 18,000,000 Hertz! These machines both generate and “listen” to returning sound waves as they travel through the human body and enable us to not only create images of soft tissue structures, but can also detect and measure blood flow direction, velocity and pressures. A trained echocardiographer understands how to direct the sound beam through the heart in precise imaging planes and provide a wealth of anatomic and physiologic information without ever breaking the patient’s skin.

Do I qualify to apply?

Admission to BSW THHs Cardiovascular Institute is a competitive process and a limited number of applicants are accepted each year. The student should demonstrate a dependable, mature demeanor and interact well with other people. The student should have a genuine desire to care for the disabled and sick, and have the ability to work well under pressure.

The application process is open to applicants who meet all of the following minimum criteria at the time of program commencement:

  1. 18 years of age
  2. 2-year Associates Degree from an accredited college or university*
  3. 8 credit hours of Anatomy & Physiology with Labs, grade of “C” or better, within the last 5 years
  4. Provided a signed shadowing form demonstrating that they have observed or "shadowed" in an echocardiography clinical setting for 8 hours or more
  5. Proof of good physical health exam by a physician**
  6. Proof of current immunizations and TB test***
  7. Proof of current certification for Basic Life Support (BLS)

*Bachelors of Science degrees or higher are preferred.
** See "Physical, Interpersonal, Communication, Mobility, Tactical, Hearing and Visual Demands", page 40.
*** Immunizations must be current prior to school start.

Provide this list of immunizations to your Primary Care Provider (PCP):

  • 2 Mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) vaccines or positive titers
  • 2 Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccines or positive titers (history of Chicken Pox is not acceptable)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) given after age 18 years
  • Influenza (Flu) only in flu season
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test (TST within last 3 months or Quantiferion within last 6 months)

Hepatitis B (Recommended, but not mandatory)

Download shadowing form

How do I apply?

Complete applications with all of the following items must be received by the school. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Completed application form
  • $100 application fee
  • Current resumé
  • Two letters of reference (one work/professional and one personal)
  • Academic transcript (Official only)
  • Essay (see essay guidelines below)
  • Proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification (must be maintained throughout the term if accepted)

Application Essay Guidelines:

Your completed application must include an essay about your history and future goals in the field of cardiovascular technology. The essay must meet the following criteria:

  • Two pages
  • 12-point font
  • Double-spaced

Use the following questions as a framework for your essay:

  • Why do you want to pursue a career in cardiovascular technology?
  • How have your prior experiences prepared you for this career?
  • What specific qualities do you possess that set you part from other applicants?
  • Looking beyond graduation, what would you like to accomplish in this field?

How much does the program cost?

The total cost to the student for the Adult Echocardiography Program is $21,000.00 plus a $100.00 application fee (non-refundable). Program tuition includes:

  • All administrative fees, lab fees, and required textbooks
  • 4 sets of student hospital scrubs
  • 1-year student-rate membership to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), which includes access to its respected journal and members-only website content
  • 1-year student-rate membership to the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), which includes access to its respected journal and members-only website content
  • Upon successful completion of the program, examination fee reimbursement for either the CCI or ARDMS national credentialing examination for adult echocardiography.

How much does an adult echocardiographer make?

Salaries vary nationally and statewide, but data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that as of May 2019, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SOC code 292032) in Texas had a mean wage of $72,160 annually.

Faculty

J. Michael DiMaio, MD

Medical Director

Brad J. Roberts, BS, ACS, RCS, FASE

Program Director
Instructor and Clinical Coordinator, Adult Echocardiography Program

Zuyue Wang, MD

Adjunct Faculty, The Cardiovascular Institute
Regional Director, Non Invasive Cardiology
Associate Program Director, Cardiology Fellowship

Contact Us

Brad J. Roberts, BS, ACS, FASE
Phone: 469.814.3601
Brad.Roberts@BSWHealth.org

Cardiovascular Institute - Adult Echocardiography Program
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano
1100 Allied Drive, Stuite 5-504
Plano, TX 75093

Student Handbook

All students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Institute’s Adult Echocardiography Program will be expected to abide by all policies and procedures stated in the program’s Student Handbook & Catalog.

About the Cardiovascular Institute

The Cardiovascular Institute at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano was founded on March 23, 2020. This 114-bed hospital specializes in advanced cardiothoracic surgical techniques and transcatheter cardiovascular therapies, including minimally-invasive robotic surgery and transcatheter valvular implantation.

In March 2020, and for the second year in a row, Baylor Scott and White The Heart Hospital – Plano was recognized as one of the World’s Best Hospitals 2020 by Newsweek. The hospital ranked #27 in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 Best Hospitals list and achieved "High Performing" in five types of care:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

The Heart Hospital - Plano has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR), isolated coronary bypass surgery (CABG), and AVR plus CABG surgery. The three-star rating, which is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in healthcare, places The Heart Hospital - Plano among the most elite for cardiac surgery in the United States and Canada.

Working at Baylor Scott & White Health

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our fellows a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in the Dallas Metroplex

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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