Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Cardiac and Vascular Tracks Available
The Diagnostic Sonography program at BCTC is growing! We now offer 2 tracks: Cardiac Sonography (Adult Echocardiography) and Vascular Sonography. These are Selective Admissions programs that will prepare you for a valuable and dynamic career in the healthcare field.
Sonography uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to obtain images of the body used in diagnosing disease and congenital abnormalities. Both areas work primarily with the adult patient population.
Diagnostic Sonography is a challenging as well as rewarding career that will keep
you on your toes! The work environment is typically fast-paced with a chance to work
individually and also be part of the diagnostic team. Most will work in a hospital
setting, but jobs can also be found at out-patient clinics, private doctor offices
and mobile/traveling companies.
It's a rewarding career that can last a lifetime!
- Highly educated
- Critical thinkers
- Life-long learners
- Team players
Cardiac Sonography Track
Students in this track focus on adult heart issues, but the cardiac sonographer must also be knowledgeable of congenital abnormalities that might be encountered during an echo exam.
Cardiac sonographers perform:
- Routine resting echocardiograms
- Stress echo exams
- 3D echo
- Assist with transesophageal exams (TEE)
Diagnostic Imagining Exam of the Heart
Commonly known as Echo or
- This video is an example of a basic echo scan exam like the ones you will learn to perform.
- There is A LOT to learn to be able to do this and to understand what the images mean
- Getting the RIGHT START makes a big difference!
What will I learn about in this
In class -
- All about the heart & how it works
- How many diseases affect the way the heart works
- How to recognize many congenital heart abnormalities
- What the professional standards are for sonographers
- How to prepare for national board exams to earn your credential
- How to apply & interview for your
In scan labs -
- How to think in multiple dimensions
- How to use high tech equipment to take proper images/short videos of adult hearts
- How to recognize normal and
- How to perform measurements & calculations to evaluate your findings
- How to be part of the healthcare
What are clinicals?
- Clinical education is where you use the knowledge & scan skills
you've learned in school to practice on actual patients
- This is mostly in hospitals, but can also be in offices outside of a hospital
- You will attend clinicals at several different places to grow your skills, knowledge & confidence
- Most graduates are hired by one of their clinical sites
What types of scan exams does a
Cardiac Sonographer do?
- Routine or bedside echo
- Stress Echo test
- 3D/4D echo exam
- Assist with TEE echo
What kinds of jobs could I get?
- Staff sonographer
- Lead sonographer
- Echo department manager
- Doctor office staff
- Travelling temporary agency assignments
- Applications specialist for an ultrasound manufacturing company
- Crosstrain into pediatric or fetal echo, or into vascular sonography
What qualities do the best
- Dedication to learning
- Commitment to practicing
- Ability to accept evaluation & use it to improve
- Desire to provide the best and most compassionate care for ALL patients
- Love of lifelong learning
- Ability to work efficiently in a fast- paced environment
- Sense of humor
Vascular Sonography Track
Students in this track learn how to perform a variety of exams to help detect problems in the arteries and veins throughout the body...even in the brain!
Vascular sonographers perform:
- Scans for carotid artery blood flow
- Transcranial Dopper scans (blood flow in the brain)
- Scans for blockages in the arms and legs
- Scans of patients with vascular grafts
- Scans of blood flow for abdominal organs
To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
To prepare competent entry-level vascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program - Cardiac Track is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Diagnostic Medical Sonography involves the provision of direct care for individual and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of Diagnostic Medical Sonography technical functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess:
- Sufficient visual acuity for the observation necessary for patient assessment and care;
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices (e.g., cardiac monitors, biomedical equipment, fire alarms, etc.)
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, positioning and lifting patients, required in meeting health needs related to Diagnostic Medical Sonography;
- Sufficient verbal and non-verbal communication skills (speech, reading, and writing) to interact with patients and professional personnel; and
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.
Why Sonographers Do What They Do
If you have questions or are interested, please feel free to contact the program coordinator.
Diagnostic Sonography Program Coordinator
Lisa Moran MSHS, RDMS, RVT, PhD
164 Opportunity Way
Leestown Campus M-112
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 246-6553