Cardiac Sonography – B.S.2018-09-21T19:51:54+00:00
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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

Questions?

To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 889-2526 or stanley.ort@rutgers.edu.

  • 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 (CAAHEP.org), 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.

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%
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 (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (www.jrcdms.org).  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

Questions?

To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 889-2526 or stanley.ort@rutgers.edu.

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

Requirements:

  • 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.

Questions?

To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 998-2526 or stanley.ort@rutgers.edu.

Applications are due April 1.

Prospective students must have a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) from an accredited United States University or College or the equivalent from a foreign “accredited” school.

All applicants must have completed the following college credit courses or the equivalent:

*Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3-4 credits, no lab required)

*Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3-4 credits, no lab required)

*Medical Terminology (need not be a college credit bearing course)

*It is recommended that these courses be completed within 5 years of application to program

Algebra or Statistics (3 credits)

English (6 credits)

**DXMS4160 – Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging Professional (SHP online certificate course) or any college level Physics course (2-4 credits)

**Please call 908-889-2521 for more information on this course. To access the online registration form, click here.

  • Students who are 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
  • A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses.
  • Suggested coursework:  Introduction to Computers, knowledge of PowerPoint
  • All students with a GPA of 2.85 and above are encouraged to apply.  However, final consideration of GPA scores will depend on the pool of applicants.
  • 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

Foreign Educated Applicants:

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if it is sent by the applicant only if it is in a sealed school envelope.
  • Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade) by a foreign credit evaluation service.  There are a number of these agencies available such as World Education Services (wes.org), Education Credential Evaluators (ece.org), Global Education Group (globaledu.com) and others.  The Cardiac Sonography program does not endorse any particular service and notes the above as examples applicants have used in the past.
  • Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores as follows: Reading 20, Listening 20, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. The Computer-Based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of Internet-Based Scores).

Questions?

To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 998-2526 or stanley.ort@rutgers.edu.

Application is due April 1.

This option is designed for applicants with a minimum of 60 college credits or a graduate of an accredited 2-year allied health program with a GPA of 2.85 or greater.  Applicants for this option must have completed either prerequisite 1 or 2 and the specific courses listed below.

Prerequisite 1    -    graduate of an accredited 2-year Allied Health Education program, such as Nursing, Radiography, Dental Hygiene, etc.

Prerequisite 2    -      completed approximately 60 college credits

All applicants must have completed the following college credit courses or the equivalent:

*Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3-4 credits, no lab required)

*Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3-4 credits, no lab required)

*Medical Terminology (does not have to have college credits)

*It is recommended that these courses be completed within 5 years of application to program

Algebra or Statistics (3 credits)

English (6 credits)

**DXMS4160 – Physics Concepts for Diagnostic Imaging Professional (SHP online certificate course) or any college level Physics course (2-4 credits)

**Please call 908-889-2521 for more information on this course. To access the online registration form, click here.

  • Students who are 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
  • A minimum grade of B- is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II or the equivalent courses.
  • Suggested coursework:  Introduction to Computers, knowledge of PowerPoint
  • All students with a GPA of 2.85 and above are encouraged to apply.  However, final consideration of GPA scores will depend on the pool of applicants.
  • 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
  • Foreign Educated Applicants:

If you were educated outside of the United States, you must provide the following additional documents:

  • Official transcripts mailed directly from the foreign school. The school will also accept an official transcript if it is sent by the applicant but is in a sealed school envelope.
  • Official evaluation of your foreign transcript (grade by grade) by a foreign credit evaluation service.  There are a number of these agencies available such as World Education Services (wes.org), Education Credential Evaluators (ece.org), Global Education Group (globaledu.com) and others.  The Cardiac Sonography program does not endorse any particular service and notes the above as examples applicants have used in the past.

Official results of test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam with minimum individual element scores as follows: Reading 20, Listening 20, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. The Computer-Based exam minimum score is 233 (equivalents of Internet-Based Scores). 

Questions?

To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 889-2526 or stanley.ort@rutgers.edu.

Rolling admissions.

The BSMIS is a joint degree with Thomas Edison State College. Graduates of our
Cardiac Sonography certificate program who have successfully passed their national board examinations can continue their education to complete a BS degree

Requirements:

  • Graduate of the Rutgers-SHP Cardiac Sonography Program “Certificate Option”
  • Registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or Cardiovascular Credentialing Internations (CCI) and be an active member.

Curriculum Requirements are different than our other Cardiac Sonography Program, as   students have completed the professional component of the degree.

Curriculum requirements for this program.

To learn more, please contact Program Director Stanley Ort at 908 998-2526 or stanley.ort@rutgers.edu.

Our academic curriculum and clinical facilities have been developed to provide a program that is educational, comprehensive, and capable of thoroughly training students in the principles, ethics, and practices of cardiovascular sonography.

The professional curriculum is the same for all four program options:

Fall I  Title Credits
DXMS4100 Patient Care for Imaging Prof 2
CDXS4000 Cardiovascular Principles 4
CDXS4111 Echocardiography I 3
CDXS4009 Intro to Clinical Practice 2
CDXS4511 Non-Invasive Vascular Testing I 3
14
Spring 
DXMS4111 Acoustic Physics I 2
CDXS4199 Clinical Practice I 5
CDXS4222 Echocardiography II 4
CDXS4522 Non-Invasive Vascular Testing II 3
14
Summer
DXMS4212 Acoustic Physics II 2
CDXS4299 Clinical Practice II 4
CDXS4533 Non-Invasive Vascular Testing III 3
9
Fall II
CDXS4333 Echocardiography III 3
CDXS4399 Clinical Practice III 6
CDXS4400 Intro to Pediatric Echo 1
CDXS4600 Cardiovascular Professional Ed. 3
13
Total 50

For a list of courses and requirements by entry-option, click below:

Joint Bachelor of Science

Joint Bachelor of Science w/ NCAS

Second Bachelor of Science

Certificate

 Rutgers SHP Cardiac Sonography is a 15- month professional training program that engages the student with a challenging didactic and practical curriculum in ultrasonic imaging of the heart and blood vessels. 
Graduates of the Cardiac Sonography program are prepared for entry level positions in non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic departments. Cardiac sonographers are employed in hospital and physician office based laboratories and are an integral part of the healthcare team. They are essential in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease and other disorders. 
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 college credits. The following specific courses are prerequisites under accreditation standards: Anatomy & Physiology (6 credits), English Compositions (6 credits), College level mathematics (3 credits), General Physics (2-4 credits), and Medical Terminology (non-credit or certificate courses are acceptable). Additional requirements differ depending on the degree or certificate program being pursued. 
No. The Cardiac Sonography program is a block registered program designed in a specific sequence. Students must be matriculated. 
A: Yes. The best source for financial aid information is at the Rutgers Student Financial Aid Office. Call  973-972-4376 or click here.  
Yes. Rutgers University  and the School of Health Professions offer a limited number of scholarship programs.
The program is located on the Rutgers School of Health Professions campus in the Stanley Bergen Building, 65 Bergen Street, Newark, NJ.
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APPLY NOW!
Stanley Ort, Cardiac Songraphy program director

To learn more,
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Director Stanley Ort