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Stanley Ort, Cardiac Songraphy program director

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B.S. in Cardiac Sonography

Our cardiac sonography program prepares cardiovascular sonographers to be an integral part of the medical management team. The 15-month cardiac sonography program has a proven record of success as measured by retention rates, credentialing achievements and post-graduation employment. As highly skilled professionals working under the supervision of a licensed physician, our cardiac sonography graduates are valued members of the healthcare team whose diagnostics skills help guide patients to the appropriate path of treatment.

The addition of vascular sonography to the cardiac program adds the skills employers are seeking in the increasingly multi-disciplinary health care environment.

We offer four options:

  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences
  • 2nd Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging science
  • Certificate in Cardiovascular Sonography
  • Joint Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences for those who completed a Rutgers SHP Medical Imaging Sciences program


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  • New Jersey’s only accredited bachelor’s degree program in cardiac sonography (MSCHEorg)
  • Our diverse clinical affiliates include New Jersey’s most noted medical facilities
  • Accomplished faculty, experienced in cardiovascular disease diagnosis
  • Comprehensive clinical and didactic instruction in cardiac and vascular sonography
  • Accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, which allows graduates to immediately sit for national registry examinations in cardiac sonography
  • Career laddering for those who earn their certificate and want to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in cardiac sonography
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career field is expected to grow 17% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As imaging technology evolves, ultrasound is anticipated to replace more invasive, costly procedures. In 2017, median annual pay was $65,620.

Cardiac Sonography

Program Retention Rates


Graduating Year


Number of Students


Program Retention Rate

  Entered Graduated  
Class of 2018 9 7 77.8%
Class of 2017 12 10 83.3%
Class of 2016 11 9 82%
Class of 2015 11 9 82%
Class of 2014 11 9 82%
5 Year Average 54 44 81.5%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates


Graduating Year


Number of Students


Pass Rate

  Took Exams Passed  
Class of 2018 7 7 100%
Class of 2017 10 9 90%
Class of 2016 9 9 100%
Class of 2015 8 8 100%
Class of 2014 8 7 88%
5 Year Average 42 40 93%
Job Placement Rates

Graduating Year


Number of Students

  Seeking Employment Employed in 6 Months  
Class of 2018 7 6 85.7%
Class of 2017 10 9 90%
Class of 2016 8 8 100%
Class of 2015 9 8 88.9%
Class of 2014 8 7 87.5%
5 Year Average 42 39 92.9%
Rutgers School of Health Professions is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Rutgers-SHP Cardiac Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (  This accreditation allows our graduates to sit for national registry examinations in cardiac sonography beginning up to 60 days prior graduation.

The vascular sonography components of the Cardiac Sonography program are currently in the application & self-study phase required for accreditation in this discipline with CAAHEP & JRCDMS.  Until the vascular accreditation is complete graduates will be required to first sit for the cardiac sonography registry examination and with its successful completion, become eligible to sit for the vascular sonography registry exam.

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Upon completion of the Cardiac Sonography program, graduates will be able to:

  • Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results
  • Perform appropriate procedures and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician
  • Record, analyze, and process diagnostic data and other pertinent observations made during the procedure for presentation to the interpreting physician
  • Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other noninvasive diagnostic services
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues
  • Act in a professional and ethical manner
  • Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and/or other diagnostic cardiovascular techniques, and promote principles of good health
  • Develop and cultivate the confidence and responsibility needed to perform as a competent sonographer
  • Understand and recognize the importance of adaptability
  • Implement and perform diagnostic procedures adhering to acceptable departmental, institutional, governmental and professional standards
  • Encompass strategies that assure professional development at a level of clinical practice consistent with acceptable standards
  • Establish values and attitudes congruent with professional standards and ethics
  • Demonstrate awareness of and operate within the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer’s scope of practice Accordion 4 end


To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 889-2526 or

Application is due by Jan. 15 for Fall admission.

The degree offers a unique combination of a liberal arts education and entry into the postgraduate health career of Cardiovascular Sonography

The first six semesters of liberal study are taken at the partner institution (minimum of 90 semester hours).

  • Bloomfield College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician College
  • Georgian Court College
  • New Jersey City University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • College of Saint Elizabeth


  • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.85 and have met or be scheduled to complete all prerequisite requirements prior to the planned date for enrolling in the 4th year specialization coursework
  •  A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses.
  • Students admitted to the 4th year professional phase are selected by an Admissions Committee from among those applicants meeting these minimum standards.
  • Medical Terminology is an essential foundation for the courses in the program.   It is suggested that students accepted into theCardiac Sonography Program take a college level course or online certificate course prior to the start of the program in September.
  • Students in the process of completing courses during the spring semester should submit a letter from their instructor stating their midterm grade for the course.  The letter must be on school letterhead and in a sealed school envelope.
  •  After application review, the strongest candidates will be scheduled for an interview.  In selecting students for admission, the program looks for evidence of character, potential, motivation and sound academic preparation.
  • Prior to the start of the program, accepted students must become certified in CPR for either Allied Health Professionals or Adult/Pediatrics.The CPR certification must be affiliated with the American Heart Association.
  • Enrollment and continued enrollment of accepted students is conditional, based on the results of certain laboratory tests and fulfillment of immunization requirements in order to determine their ability to perform all essential function.
  • All students are required to have a criminal background check performed by the school.


To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 998-2526 or