This program is commonly referred to as "Echo". Echocardiography technologists use sophisticated computers and cutting-edge
technology to create and read sound waves in order to capture videos and images of the heart. These ultrasounds allow us to
see into the body without pain or radiation so cardiologists can evaluate the function of the heart and plan possible treatment.
SCC's two-year program focuses on the adult heart and diseases that affect it. However, you also work with pediatric
patients and even discuss the heart in the fetus. You become internationally registered by one of two international
credentialing agencies that allow you to literally work anywhere in the world.
The first year of the program is the learning in the classroom with laboratory experience on real equipment and real people.
Later, you begin clinical rotations in hospitals and clinics and work on real cardiac patients. During the final six months
of the program, students are placed full-time in a clinical setting, refining their skills and preparing to work. During
this time, many students are placed in clinical sites throughout the U.S. A few students are able to stay in Spokane.
You will be among the highest paid and most sought after allied health workers, including nursing. You can work in a large
variety of healthcare facilities ranging from hospitals to clinics and even administration or sales.
Echo/NCT Technologists must be able to:
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
- Push and pull routinely
- Bend and stoop routinely
- Have full use of both hands, wrists, and shoulders
- Distinguish audible sounds
- Adequately view sonograms, including color distinctions
- Work standing on their feet 80% of the time
- Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick or injured
- Assist patient on and off examining tables
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
- Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence
Reference: Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Cardiovascular Technology Programs (Invasive and ECHO) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular
To contact the accrediting agencies:
- 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
- Clearwater, FL 33763