The Franciscan St. Anthony Health School of Echocardiography is an Associate of Applied Science Degree Program which prepares each student to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) examinations.
These examinations are recognized as the leading choices for credentialing in the field of cardiac ultrasound. The school is accredited by the state of Indiana and nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The challenging, high-quality curriculum for the program is designed with courses in a specific sequence, progressively building expertise as they progress through the program.
Didactic course work is coordinated with clinical skills to optimize student learning experiences.
Didactics (classroom) - The primary instructors are hospital staff members with clinical, scientific and technical expertise in the subjects of ultrasound physics, echocardiography and cardiac anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. This dedicated faculty has been chosen for their commitment to teaching as well as their clinical practice and experience. Students have direct access to the faculty throughout their education and training.
Clinicals (lab skills and rotations) - Under the supervision of our experienced clinical coordinator, lab skills and rotations begin at St. Anthony Health. Various Franciscan Alliance facilities in Northwest Indiana provide clinical sites for the last nine months of the program giving students the opportunity to learn directly from some of the areas best technologists in the field of echocardiography.
All students must complete the following prior to admission to the program:
Direct patient care experience
College/post-secondary level courses must be completed with a minimum of a C grade:
- English, Speech or Composition (We also accept CLEP scores above 49 for English composition with essay.)
- College Algebra, Statistics or higher level math course (We also accept CLEP scores above 49 for College Algebra.)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- General college Physics or Radiographic Physics
- Medical Terminology
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Have questions or need additional information about the School of Echocardiography, its programs and services, please call (219) 757-6132.