Echocardiography AAS

The Echocardiography AAS degree (AAS_ECHO) is offered at LSC-CyFair and has additional entrance requirements. For more information, please contact the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department.

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The associate of applied science degree in echocardiography is designed to train and prepare graduates to use ultrasound waves to produce images of the heart. The heart doctor views the stored images to identify the various functions and abnormalities of the heart walls and valves. Professionals performing these tests are known as echocardiographers. Upon completion of the echocardiography program at LSCS, graduates apply to take the credential exam to become registered diagnostic cardiac sonographers.

Prior To Application

Students must complete all appropriate developmental coursework or retake the section of ASSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or THEA and score high enough to place into college-level courses.

To determine your Student Success Initiative (SSI) status, see a college advisor. Students must complete ENGL 1301, MATH 1314, PHYS 1401 or 1410, BIOL 2401 and 2402 prior to the first DMSO/DSAE course in the AAS degree. RADR 1313 and RADR 2305 may be substituted for the PHYS course requirement.

Students who currently hold an ARRT certification or a two-year degree in a patient care health program are eligible for admission to the certificate program. Students who do not hold an ARRT certification or a two-year degree in a patient care health program would apply for the AAS in DMS or Echocardiography.

Admission Criteria

Clinical space is limited, so students are admitted on a competitive basis. In addition to the general admission requirements of the LSCS, the following requirements must be met in order to apply for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS programs.

  1. College entry-level ability in mathematics and English (reading/writing) as defined by LSCS. For further information, contact any of the student development offices.
  2. Satisfactory completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402) with a “C” or better within the previous five years and prior to submission of an application for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs. Refresher anatomy & physiology courses are available through continuing education for students whose biology is older than five years and who do not desire to repeat the courses for credit. The grades earned from the older credit biology courses will be used for grade point calculation where applicable.
  3. Complete the following courses with a “C” or better: ENGL 1301, MATH 1314, PHYS 1401 or 1410
  4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in college.
  5. Students must register for and take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test.
  6. Must complete Hepatitis B immunization series prior to the first clinical course (this may take 3 to 6 months to complete). Applicants must provide written documentation of all immunizations or titers received and a satisfactory physical exam on a college-approved form found on the website.
  7. Prospective students are required to attend an information session and obtain an information session certificate.
  8. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check (as required by clinical facilities) that is completed by a college approved agency at the student’s expense. Clinical facilities may also require completion of satisfactory drug screening and verification of medical insurance.

Readmission Guidelines

Applicants who have failed or withdrawn from any LSCS sonography program will be considered on an individual basis. Readmission is not automatic. It is based on remediation of an identified problem area and space availability. Students who wish to be readmitted must interview with the program’s Readmission Committee and follow current readmission guidelines.

At this interview, the student will be asked to describe what steps have been taken in the intervening months to improve the chance of success and an action plan for improvement of academic and/or clinical performance. In addition, students seeking readmission must submit three letters of their standing from the prior sonography program. One letter should be a “report of status” from the former program director. Readmission into the sonography program must occur within one year of non-completion. A student may be readmitted into the sonography one time only.

Transfer Guidelines

An individual’s request to transfer into any LSCS sonography program will be reviewed on an individual basis by the program director.

Class placement is based on previous achievement and space availability. Admission is considered only if prior program enrollment has been within one (1) year.

  1. Completion of official transfer application.
  2. Written statement from the student describing his/her reasons for originally leaving the program.
  3. Submit current official transcripts from any colleges or universities that the student has attended.
  4. Submit three letters of his/her standing from the prior sonography program.
    One letter should be a “report of status” from the former program director.

Program Plan

First Prerequisite Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL First Prerequisite Semester Credits:

10

Second Prerequisite Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PHYS1 1401 General Physics I OR 4
PHYS1 1410 Elementary Physics  

TOTAL Second Prerequisite Semester Credits:

11

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DMSO2 1210 Introduction to Sonography 2
DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3
DSAE2 1360 Clinical 3
DSAE 1415 Principles - Adult Echocardiography 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

12

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DSAE2 1364 Practicum I 3
DSAE 2403 Cardiovascular Concepts 4
DSAE 2404 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology I 4
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

14

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics 3
DSAE2 2364 Practicum II 3
DSAE 2437 Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology II 4
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

13

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DSAE 2235 Advanced Echocardiography 2
DSAE2 2365 Practicum III 3
DSVT 2200 Vascular Technology Applications 2
Elective3   Humanities/Fine Arts 3
DMSO4 2130 Advanced Ultrasound Review 1

TOTAL Credits for Second Year:

11

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Echocardiography AAS Degree:

71

  1. RADR 1313 AND RADR 2305 may be substituted for the PHYS course requirement.
  2. Meets communication requirement
  3. Choose from the AAS Core
  4. Capstone course

Note: Students must pass test and place into college level reading, writing and math prior to entering program. Students must complete PHYS 1401 OR 1410, ENGL 1301, MATH 1314, BIOL 2401 and 2402 prior to the first DMSO course. Oral communications will be woven throughout laboratory courses and clinical courses.

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