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)
What is Echocardiography? (PDF - 550 KB)
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 Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program – Cardiac Track at BCTC has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
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
Saretta Craft, MS, RDCS, RVT, FASE
164 Opportunity Way
Leestown Campus M-112
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 246-6553