Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (DCVS) - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Improve Patient Care by Becoming a Sonographer

Sonography is the use of high-frequency sound waves, also known as ultrasound, to observe the internal world of the human body. Sonographers are on the front line of early detection and evaluation of cancer, women’s health issues, heart defects, arterial blockages, and more.

If you are compassionate, flexible, detail-oriented, and like working in a fast-paced and caring environment, you might be a good fit as a Sonographer.

ACC offers two options to help you get started on your Sonography career. The two-year Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program prepares you for a health career in either Adult Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography, or Vascular Sonography which are branches of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Upon graduation, you will possess the skills necessary to perform ultrasound and related diagnostic exams of the heart or blood vessels. The Advanced Technical Certificate program is a condensed version of the A.A.S. option available to students already possessing a related allied healthcare degree. 

Attend an Information Session

The next information session will be held on October 23, 2019 at 3pm in room S109.

 

Career Opportunities

Sonographers typically work in hospitals, but they may also work in physician offices, diagnostic centers, ultrasound equipment vendors as sales or application specialists, mobile services, and contract agencies.

Career opportunities remain strong nationally and within the region. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that sonography is a rapidly growing field expected to add over 21,100 jobs between 2016-2026. Its data also indicates that the Houston Metro region employs over 1700 sonographers with an annual wage mean of $85,080. Starting salary for a new graduate is generally around $55,000. Recruiters contact ACC regularly about qualified graduates to fill job openings.

Our students are highly successful upon graduation/completion

For more information on career opportunities in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé. 

What Will I Study?

The DCVS program curriculum is composed of didactic instruction, hands-on laboratory, practice, individual outside scanning practice, and supervised external clinical experience. You will learn electrical diagnostics of the heart such as EKG (electrocardiogram), Holter Monitoring, and Stress Testing. During the freshmen year, you will be eligible to take the CCT (Certified Cardiographic Technician) and/or CRAT (Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician) exam available from CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International) enabling you to have a first credential. This will allow you to work your way through the remainder of the program in the healthcare setting as an EKG, Monitor/Telemetry, or Stress Testing technician. This early credential can alleviate some expenses and also help you gain valuable experience in a hospital setting making it easier to find employment since you will already have your foot in the door.

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DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 
65 credit hours 

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

P+PHYS 1401 - College Physics I or
SCIT 1420 - Physics for Allied Health or
PCTEC 1401 - Applied Petrochemical Technology

4
P+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
P+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning
3
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

**DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

**DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

HPRS 1304 - Basic Health Profession Skills

3
SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

CVTT 1161 - Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology

1

DSAE 1340 - Diagnostic Electrocardiography

3

**+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DSAE 1303 - Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques

3

DSAE 1360 - Clinical - DMST Intro to Echo

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

DSAE 2304 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology I

3

DSAE 2361 - Clinical - DMST Echo I

3

Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum or
Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum

3

SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

DSAE 2337 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology II

3

DSAE 2461 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4

THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING)

DSAE 2335 - Advanced Echocardiography

3

*DSAE 2462 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4
DCVS – ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (A.A.S.) DEGREE –
CREDIT HOURS
 65

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
PPrerequisite courses must be completed or in progress by the application deadline.
**Courses may be taken prior to acceptance. DSAE 2302 must be taken in advance of acceptance to renew expired A&P credits.
*Capstone Course

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
37 credit hours
 

FIRST SEMESTER (SPRING)

CREDITS

**DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DMSO 1303 - Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques

3

DSAE 1360 - Clinical - DMST Intro to Echo

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

**DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

DSAE 2304 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology I

3

DSAE 2361 - Clinical - DMST Echo I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (FALL)

**DSAE 1340 - Diagnostic Electrocardiology

3

DSAE 2337 - Echo Evaluation of Pathology II

3

**DSAE 2461 - Clinical - DMST Echo II

4
FOURTH SEMESTER (SPRING)

DSAE 2335 - Advanced Echocardiography

3

* **DSAE 2462 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4
DCVS – ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY 
ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
 37
**Courses may be taken prior to acceptance. DSAE 2302 must be taken in advance of acceptance to renew expired A&P credits.
*Capstone Course

 

DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE CURRICULUM GUIDE

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 
65 credit hours 

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

P+PHYS 1401 - College Physics I or
SCIT 1420 - Physics for Allied Health or
PCTEC 1401 - Applied Petrochemical Technology

4
P+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
P+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning
3
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

**DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

**DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

DSPE 2255 - Neonatal/Pediatric Patient Care Skills

2

HPRS 1304 - Basic Health Profession Skills

3
SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

CVTT 1161 - Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology

1

DSAE 1303 - Intro to Echocardiography Techniques

3

DSAE 1340 - Diagnostic Electrocardiography

3

**+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DSPE 1265 - Practicum - DMST Intro to Pedi Echo

2

DSPE 1300 - Intro to Pedi Echo Techniques

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

DSPE 2257 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease I

2

DSAE 2261 - Clinical - DMST Pediatric Echo I

2

Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum or
Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum

3

SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

DSPE 2249 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease II

2

DSAE 2461 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4

THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING)

DSPE 2259 - Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography

2

*DSAE 2462 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4
DCVS – PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY 
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 65

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
PPrerequisite courses must be completed or in progress by the application deadline.
**Courses may be taken prior to acceptance. DSAE 2302 must be taken in advance of acceptance to renew expired A&P credits.
*Capstone Course

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
23 credit hours 

FIRST SEMESTER (SPRING)

CREDITS

DSPE 1265 - Practicum - DMST Intro to Pedi Echo

2

DSPE 1300 - Intro to Pedi Echo Techniques

3

DSPE 2255 - Neonatal/Pediatric Patient Care Skills

2
SECOND SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

DSPE 2257 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease I

2

DSAE 2261 - Clinical - DMST Pediatric Echo I

2
THIRD SEMESTER (FALL)

DSPE 2249 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease II

2

DSPE 2461 - Clinical - DMST Echo II

4
FOURTH SEMESTER (SPRING)

DSPE 2259 - Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography

2

*DSAE 2462 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4
DCVS – PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY 
ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
 23

 *Capstone Course

DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE CURRICULUM GUIDE

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 
65 credit hours 

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

P+PHYS 1401 - College Physics I or
SCIT 1420 - Physics for Allied Health or
PCTEC 1401 - Applied Petrochemical Technology

4
P+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
P+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning
3
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

**DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

**DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

HPRS 1304 - Basic Health Profession Skills

3
SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

CVTT 1161 - Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology

1

DSAE 1340 - Diagnostic Electrocardiography

3

**+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DSPE 1300 - Intro to Pedi Echo Techniques

3

DSVT 1360 - Clinical - DMST Introduction to Vascular

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

DSVT 2330 - Cerebral Vascular Evaluation of Pathology

3

DSVT 2361 - Clinical - DMST Vascular I

3

Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum or
Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum

3

SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

DSVT 2318 - Peripheral Vascular Evaluation of Pathology

3

DSVT 2461 - Clinical - DMST Vascular II

4

THIRD SEMESTER (SPRING)

DSVT 2335 - Advanced Vascular Technology

2

*DSVT 2462 - Clinical - DMST Vascular III

4
DCVS – VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY 
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 65

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
PPrerequisite courses must be completed or in progress by the application deadline.
**Courses may be taken prior to acceptance. DSAE 2302 must be taken in advance of acceptance to renew expired A&P credits.
*Capstone Course

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY

ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
37 credit hours 

FIRST SEMESTER (SPRING)

CREDITS

**DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DMSO 1303 - Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques

3

DSAE 1360 - Clinical - DMST Intro to Echo

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

**DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

DSVT 2330 - Cerebral Vascular Evaluation of Pathology

3

DSVT 2361 - Clinical - DMST Vascular I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (FALL)

DSAE 1340 - Diagnostic Electrocardiology

3

DSVT 2318 - Peripheral Vascular Evaluation of Pathology

3

DSVT 2461 - Clinical - DMST Vascular II

4
FOURTH SEMESTER (SPRING)

DSVT 2335 - Advanced Vascular Technology

3

*DSVT 2462 - Clinical - DMST Vascular III

4
DCVS – VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY 
ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
 37

**May be taken prior to acceptance.
*Capstone Course

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography degree program are $4,479 for in-district students and $7,404 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees for DCVS courses. Additional fees for textbooks, supplies, uniforms, testing, vaccinations, insurance, and graduation are approximately $4,379. 

Yearly costs for the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography certificate program are approximately $2,552 for in-district students and $4,217 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees for DCVS courses. Additional fees for textbooks, supplies, uniforms, testing, vaccinations, insurance, and graduation are approximately $4,379. 

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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