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Accreditation Status - Cardiac Sonography Program

 

The School of Health Related Professions, as part of Rutgers, is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE.org).

The Rutgers-SHP Cardiac Sonography program (cardiac component) 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.

The accreditation application for the vascular sonography component of the cardiac sonography program is in progress

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Clearwater, FL 33763
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National Board Certification

There are two nationally recognized certifications for cardiac and vascular sonographer: Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS); Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS); Registered Vascular Sonography (RVS) offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements outlined under Prerequisite 2 of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ARMDS (http://www.ardms.org/) for the RDCS credential examination. The ARDMS conducts a “pre-application review,” for individuals who wish to determine the impact of a previous criminal matter on their eligibility to apply for ARDMS certification. This review process is recommended for individuals who have not yet applied or are contemplating enrollment in a sonography program that might have a previous criminal matter.

Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements outlined under Prerequisite RCS4 of Cardiovascular Credentialing International (www.cci-online.org) for the RCS credential examination. Applicants with questions regarding personal criminal matters may request a pre-application review to determine whether they qualify for the CCI credentialing process.

Applicants that anticipate the need for testing accommodations should contact the appropriate board certification organization to find out what documents will be required in order to request such an accommodation. All students in the program are required to set for the national registry certification examinations.

Due to the incorporation of the vascular sonography core curriculum into the cardiac sonography program, graduates must first attempt and pass the cardiac registry examination (RDCS or RCS) before attempting the vascular registry examination. Passing the cardiac sonography registry credential and the program’s verification of the graduate’s vascular clinical training time is required for eligibility to take the Registered Vascular Technologist or Registered Vascular Sonographer examination. This provision will be required until the completion of accreditation of the vascular sonography curriculum component of the program.

Program Effectiveness Data

 

Program Retention Rates

 

Graduating Year

 

Number of Students

 

Program Retention Rate

 

Entered

Graduated

 

Class of 2016

11

9

82%

Class of 2015

11

9

82%

Class of 2014

11

9

82%

Class of 2013

10

8

80%

Class of 2012

11

9

82%

Class of 2011

7

6

86%

6 Year Average

61

50

81.9%


 

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

 

Graduating Year

 

Number of Students

 

Pass Rate

 

Took Exams

Passed

 

Class of 2016

9

9

100%

Class of 2015

8

8

100%

Class of 2014

8

7

88%

Class of 2013

8

7

88%

Class of 2012

9

7

78%

Class of 2011

5

5

100%

6 Year Average

47

43

91.4%


 

Job Placement Rates

 

Graduating Year

 

Number of Students

Job
Placement 
Rate

 

Seeking Employment

Employed in 6 Months

 

Class of 2016

8

8

100%

Class of 2015 

9

8

88.9%

Class of 2014

8

7

87.5%

Class of 2013

7

5

71%

Class of 2012

9

7

78%

Class of 2011

5

4

80%

6 Year Average

46

39

84.7%

 

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