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 who have an Associate degree or higher in sonography from an accredited institution and hold a current registry with ARDMS or CCI. 

Information Session

Attend an information session to learn more about the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program and meet our staff. Sessions will be held on campus in room S105.

September 7, 2021 12:00 pm S105
October 5, 2021 12:00 pm S105
November 2, 2021 12:00 pm S105
December 7, 2021 12:00 pm S105

 

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.

Curriculum Effective Fall 2021

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DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

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

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

P+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

P+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4
P+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
P+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning
3

P+PHYS 1410 - Elementary Physics

4
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

HPRS 1304 - Basic Health Profession Skills

3

*DSAE 1303 - Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques

3
CVTT 1161 - Clinical-Cardiovascular Technology 1
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

*DSAE 2304 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology I

3

DSAE 1360 - Clinical-DMST Intro to Echo

3

**+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

*DSAE 2337 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology I

3

DSAE 2461 - Clinical-DMST Echo II

4

**+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

*DSAE 2335 - Advanced Echocardiography

3

DSAE 2462 - Clinical-DMST Echo III

4

DSVT 1300 - Principles of Vascular Technology

3

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

3
DCVS – ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (A.A.S.) DEGREE –
CREDIT HOURS
62

+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.
*Capstone Course

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
29 credit hours
 

FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

CREDITS

*DMSO 1303 - Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques

3

DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

*DSAE 2304 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology I

3

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

DSAE 1360 - Clinical-DMST Intro to Echo

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

*DSAE 2337 - Echocardiography Evaluation of Pathology II

3

DSAE 2461 - Clinical - DMST Echo II

4
FOURTH SEMESTER (FALL)

*DSAE 2335 - Advanced Echocardiography

3

*DSAE 2462 - Clinical - DMST Echo III

4
DCVS – ADULT ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
29
*Capstone Course

 

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DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

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

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

P+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

P+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4
P+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
P+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning
3

P+PHYS 1410 - Elementary Physics

4
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

DSAE 1303 - Introduction to Echocardiography Techniques

3

HPRS 1304 - Basic Health Profession Skills

3

CVTT 1161 - Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology

1
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

*DSPE 1300 - Introduction to Pediatric Echo Techniques

3

DSPE 1360 - Clinical-DMST Intro to Pedi Echo

3

**+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

*DSPE 2357 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease I

3

DSAE 2461 - Clinical-DMST Pedi Echo II

4

**+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

*DSPE 2349 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease II

3

*DSPE 2359 - Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography

3

DSPE 2462 - Clinical-DMST Pediatric Echo III

4

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

3
DCVS – PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY 
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
62

+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. 
*Capstone Course

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
23 credit hours 

FIRST SEMESTER (SPRING)

CREDITS

*DSPE 1300 - Intro to Pedi Echo Techniques

3

DSPE 1360 - Clinical DMST Intro to Pedi Echo

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

*DSPE 2357 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease I

3

DSAE 2461 - Clinical DMST Pedi Echo II

4
THIRD SEMESTER (FALL)

*DSPE 2349 - Echo Eval of Congenital Heart Disease II

3

*DSPE 2359 Advanced Pediatric Echocardiography

3

DSPE 2462 - Clinical - DMST Pediatric 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.) 
62 credit hours 

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

P+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

P+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4
P+MATH 1314 - College Algebra or
P+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning
3

P+PHYS 1410 - Elementary Physics

4
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

DMSO 1210 - Introduction to Sonography

2

DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3

HPRS 1304 - Basic Health Profession Skills

3

*DSVT 1300 - Principles of Vascular Technology

3
CVTT 1161 - Clinical-Cardiovascular Technology 1
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

*DSVT 2318 - Peripheral Vascular Evaluation

3
DSVT 1360 - Clinical-DMST Intro to Vascular 3

**+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

*DSVT 2330 - Cerebral Vascular Evaluation

3

DSVT 2461 - Clinical-DMST Vascular II

4

**+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

*DSVT 2335 - Advanced Vascular Technology

3

DSVT 2462 - Clinical-DMST Vascular III

4

DSAE 1303 - Intro to Echocardiography Techniques

3

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

3
DCVS – VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY 
(A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 62

+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. 
*Capstone Course

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY (DCVS)
VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY

ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE
29 credit hours 

FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

CREDITS

*DSVT 1300 - Principles of Vascular Technology

3

DSAE 2303 - Cardiovascular Concepts

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

DMSO 1342 - Intermediate Ultrasound Physics

3

*DSVT 2318 - Peripheral Vascular Evaluation

3

DSVT 1360 - Clinical-DMST Intro to Vascular I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER 11 WEEK)

*DSVT 2330 - Cerebral Vascular Evaluation

3

DSVT 2461 - Clinical-DMST Vascular II

4
FOURTH SEMESTER (FALL)

*DSVT 2335 - Advanced Vascular Technology

3

DSVT 2462 - Clinical-DMST Vascular III

4
DCVS – VASCULAR SONOGRAPHY 
ADVANCED TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS
 29

*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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