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Program Information:
Robin Nichols, BS, RDMS, RVT
Director
Medical & Cardiovascular Sonography
828-726-2322

Janice Wilson, RDMS, RDCS
Clinical Coordinator,
Sonography Programs
828-726-2325

Admissions Information:
Amy Huffman
Coordinator, Heath Sciences Admissions
828-726-2710
 

CCC&TI offers educational opportunities in both Medical and Cardiovascular Sonography on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson, N.C.

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A Medical Sonographer creates images of abdominal organs (liver, pancreas, kidneys, etc.), fetuses, and structures in the female pelvis. These images are made up of sound echoes or reflections. The sonographer directs the sound waves into the body and reflections (echoes) return from the structures. The returning reflections are used to create images of the different organs. Doctors review the images to determine if any diseases are present.

  Arrow    Associate's Degree (A.A.S.)

Sonographer proforming an exam.
Student using ultrasound equipment in a lab environment

A Cardiovascular Sonographer is responsible for creating images of adult hearts and blood vessels. These images are made of sound reflections or echoes. The sonographer directs the sound waves into the body and reflections from the heart and blood vessels return. These reflections create images that physicians review to determine if any diseases are present.

  Arrow    Associate's Degree (A.A.S.)
  Arrow    Cardiovascular Certificate
  Arrow    Echocardiography Certificate

Accreditation - The Sonography programs at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (www.jrcdms.org).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

The current accreditation expires in 2020.
Admission Process - Currently, the Cardiovascular Sonography program accepts between seven and nine students each year. The Medical Sonography program accepts between seven and eleven students each year.

For general Admission Requirements , visit the Health Science Admissions page.

Due to our affiliation agreements with clinical sites, all students are required to have a criminal background check. Information on how to obtain a criminal background check will be given at orientation to accepted sonography students.

Registry Requirements-
  • Graduates of the Cardiovascular Sonography program are eligible to sit for the Sonographic Principles & Instrumentation and Adult Echo registry exams sponsored by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

  • Graduates of the Cardiovascular Sonography program are eligible for examination by the CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International). Credentials obtained by CCI are, RCS – registered cardiac sonographer.

  • Graduates of the Medical Sonography program are eligible to sit for the Sonographic Principles and Instrumentation, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology registries.

Job Opportunities & Salary

  • Graduates of the Cardiovascular & Medical Sonography programs are employed in hospitals, imaging centers, physician’s offices, mobile imaging services, research, and education.

  • The average salary for graduates of the Cardiovascular & Medical Sonography programs is approximately $21.50 per hour.
To learn more about employment outlook and work environment in the Sonography field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program:

Sonography Program History

In July, 1982, a feasibility study concerning the need for a Medical Sonography program was conducted in western North Carolina. From this study, the need for a Medical Sonography program was established.

The Instructional Committee at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute approved the curriculum in December, 1983. The Medical Sonography program was approved by the State Board of Community Colleges in May, 1984. Seven students comprised the first class which began in August, 1984.

The Cardiovascular Sonography program evolved out of the Medical Sonography program. The first Cardiovascular class began in the Fall of 1992.

The study of Sonography at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has evolved into a dynamic curriculum involving not only the college, but area hospitals and imaging centers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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