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Cardiac Sonographer Training

What kind of a degree or education is required for a job in this field?

The most common level of education completed by cardiac sonographers is an associate’s degree. There are also four-year bachelor’s degree programs in this field, which may increase one’s marketability. Typically the first year of a cardiac sonography associate’s degree program involves didactic studies, focusing on core courses, and the second year offers more specialized instruction, including clinical rotations. The specialized instruction is typically offered in cardiac sonography, vascular sonography, or invasive cardiovascular technology depending on one’s area of interest. Some sonography programs require applicants to have graduated from a radiologic technologist program before they’re accepted.
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What kind of registration is required to work as a cardiac sonographer?

Registry level credentials are offered for cardiac sonographers through two separate organizations: the American Registry for

Is state licensure a requirement for this field?

In addition to the national registry, some states require cardiac sonographers to obtain a license. In other states, although a license and registry are not required, employers prefer to hire those who have a registry credential. Certain states have adopted rules for Medicare coverage that require sonographers and other medical professionals be credentialed in order to pay the maximum rate for a procedure. For them this is assurance that the sonographer has the necessary fundamental knowledge to accurately perform their job duties.

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What are the continuing education requirements for this field?

The continuing education credits for those with a RDCS credential are 30 per every three-year renewal period. Those with the RCS credential are required to earn 36 credits in three years.

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            • Reimburses students for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam if taken during their 6th term, and one specialization test if taken within 90 days of graduation.
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