ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (EC23)

The Echocardiography program is a technical program designed to prepare students for work in the allied health field as Echocardiographers. The program offers both clinical and didactic instruction. Upon completion of the Echocardiography program, the student is eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Associate Degree
Program Length 73 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; minimum age: 17
Entrance Dates Spring Semester
Offered Macon Campus


Admission Requirements to the Echocardiography Program

Application to the Echocardiography Program requires the following steps:

Application and admission to Central Georgia Technical College.

Submission of high school and college transcripts. Students who wish to transfer all the required core classes taken at another college must apply to CGTC and have all transcripts submitted by midterm Fall Semester.

Selection into the Echocardiography program major courses is via competitive selection process based primarily on the student's grade point average in prerequisite general education core and health technology core courses (see listing below).

• ENGL 1101 (Composition and Rhetoric) Associate degree-level
• MATH 1111 (College Algebra) Associate degree-level
• BIOL 2113/Lab (Anatomy and Physiology I) Associate degree-level with Lab successful completion within the last five (5) years
• BIOL 2114/Lab (Anatomy and Physiology II) Associate degree-level with Lab successful completion within the last five (5) years
• PSYC 1101 (Introduction to Psychology) Associate degree-level
• PHYS 1110/Lab (Conceptual Physics) Associate degree-level with Lab

* Upon completion of the prerequisite courses applicant must complete a "Progression Form" from the Registrar's office.

Submit Progression/Application Form to the Admissions Office. Students will not be considered for selection unless his/her name is on the list by midterm Fall semester.

Complete the PSB Aptitude for Practical Nursing Examination, 3rd Edition. Students may take the exam at any time while taking their required core courses, but no later than midterm Fall semester. Students may take the exam only twice per year.

Approximately 10 students will be selected at the end of Fall semester into the program major coursework, based on available program/clinical facility slots.

A criminal background check is required. A student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be admitted to the Echocardiography program, but such a conviction may prohibit one from being accepted into a clinical training site and/or taking the certification examination. A pre-application form to determine eligibility is available from the Echocardiography Program Director or at www.cci-online.org.

A student may be required to show proof of Hepatitis B vaccination before being placed in a clinical site.

Academic Progress: Echocardiography students must pass all courses each semester with a grade of a "C" or above and maintain a GPA of a 2.0 or higher in order to progress to the next semester and remain on track. Those who receive a grade below a "C" on any course, may remove themselves from the track progression in the program and may have to wait until the course is offered again (usually the next year) to apply to repeat the course. Admission back into the program is dependent upon space available at the time the course is offered.

Consult http://www.centralgatech.edu/studserv/registrar/PSB/default.cfm for more detailed information on the Competitive Selection and Application process.


Echocardiography Curriculum
 

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses 19
Area I - Language Arts/Communication  
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
     
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
     
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics  
MATH 1111 College Algebra 3
MATH 1127 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHYS 1110 Conceptual Physics 3
PHYS 1110L Conceptual Physics Lab 1
     
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts  
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
3
     
Non-General Education Degree Courses 8
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
     
Occupational Courses 46
Choose one (1) of the following two courses:
ECHO 2310 Pediatric Echocardiography 3
  OR  
CAVT 1080 Advanced Hemodynamics and Cardiac Physiology (3)
 
CAVT 1030 Electrophysiology and Cardiac Anatomy 3
CAVT 1090 Drug Calculations and Administration 2
DMSO 1040 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation 3
DMSO 1080 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Registry Review 1
ECHO 1100 Echocardiography Fundamentals 3
ECHO 1310 Echocardiography I 3
ECHO 1320 Echocardiography II 3
 
ECHO 1370 Echocardiography Clinical I 7
  OR  
ECHO 1371 Echocardiography Clinical I (Part A) (4)
  AND  
ECHO 1372 Echocardiography Clinical I (Part B) (3)
 
ECHO 2360 Echocardiography Clinical II 7
  OR  
ECHO 2361 Echocardiography Clinical II (Part A) (4)
  AND  
ECHO 2362 Echocardiography Clinical II (Part B) (3)
 
ECHO 2370 Echocardiography Clinical III 10
ECHO 2400 Comprehensive Registry Review 1
     
  Minimum Total Hours 73