Diagnostic Medical Sonography | BCTC

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!

Sonographers are:

  • Highly educated
  • Critical thinkers
  • Motivated
  • Passionate
  • 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)

Cardiac Sonography

Diagnostic Imagining Exam of the Heart

Commonly known as Echo or
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
    1st job!

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
    abnormal findings
  • 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
  • Educator!
What qualities do the best
sonographers have?
  • 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
  • Initiative
  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • 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


Cardiac Track

To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.


Vascular Track

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 and Vascular Track are 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
9355 113th St N, #7709
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More information

Program Outcomes

The Joint Review Committee on Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) requires this data to be published for each graduating class:

  • Retention
  • Job Placement
  • Credential Success Rates 
Graduating Class  Retention Job Placement SPI Exam Credential Success
Dec. 2020 100% 83% 83% Adult Echo 83%
Dec. 2020 100% 100% 100% Vascular 100%

Technical Standards  

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

Employment Opportunities

WANT TO KNOW MORE? See the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information about Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.


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