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Overview

Summary

The associate of applied science degree in echocardiography is designed to prepare students to use ultrasound as a medical procedure to view internal organs for diagnostic purposes. Unlike x-rays, ultrasound is radiation free; it uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs. The program provides training and scanning instruction in heart function and introduction to vascular.

Professionals performing these examinations are known as echocardiographers. Upon completion of this Lone Star College program, graduates may apply to take the credentialing exam to become a registered adult echocardiographer for the echocardiography specialty.

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Prior To Application

Students must complete all appropriate developmental coursework or retake the section of ASSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or THEA and score high enough to place into college-level courses.

Students must complete ENGL 1301, MATH 1314, PHYS 1410, BIOL 2404 prior to the first DMSO/DSAE course in the AAS degree. RADR 1313 and RADR 2305 may be substituted for the PHYS course requirement.

Admission Criteria

Clinical space is limited, so students are admitted on a competitive basis. In addition to the general admission requirements of the LSCS, the following requirements must be met in order to apply for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS programs.

  1. College entry-level ability in mathematics and English (reading/writing) as defined by LSCS. For further information, contact any of the student development offices.
  2. Satisfactory completion of Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 2404 with a “C” or better within the previous five years and prior to submission of an application for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs. Refresher anatomy & physiology courses are available through continuing education for students whose biology is older than five years and who do not desire to repeat the courses for credit. If a refresher is used, it reinstates the original (credit) grade.  Contact Program Director for additional details.
  3. Complete the following courses with a “C” or better: ENGL 1301, MATH 1314, PHYS 1410
  4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in college.
  5. Students must register for and take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test.
  6. Must complete Hepatitis B immunization series prior to the first clinical course (this may take 3 to 6 months to complete). Applicants must provide written documentation of all immunizations or titers received and a satisfactory physical exam on a college-approved form found on the website.
  7. Prospective students are required to attend an information session and obtain an information session certificate.
  8. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check (as required by clinical facilities) that is completed by a college approved agency at the student’s expense. Clinical facilities may also require completion of satisfactory drug screening and verification of medical insurance.

Readmission Guidelines

Applicants who have failed or withdrawn from any LSCS sonography program will be considered on an individual basis. Readmission is not automatic. It is based on remediation of an identified problem area and space availability. Students who wish to be readmitted must interview with the program’s Readmission Committee and follow current readmission guidelines.

At this interview, the student will be asked to describe what steps have been taken in the intervening months to improve the chance of success and an action plan for improvement of academic and/or clinical performance. In addition, students seeking readmission must submit three letters of their standing from the prior sonography program. One letter should be a “report of status” from the former program director. Readmission into the sonography program must occur within one year of non-completion. A student may be readmitted into the sonography one time only.

Transfer Guidelines

An individual’s request to transfer into any LSCS sonography program will be reviewed on an individual basis by the program director, and only after meeting Lone Star College entrance requirements.  Transfer students must meet all admission requirements of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.  It is recommended to allow a minimum of three months for processing. Class placement is based on previous achievement and space availability. Admission is considered only if prior program enrollment has been within one (1) year and the candidate is in good standing in a program or in previous program. All of the following steps must be completed for consideration.

  1. Completion of official transfer application.
  2. Written statement from the student describing his/her reasons for originally leaving the program.
  3. Submit current official transcripts from any colleges or universities that the student has attended.
  4. Submit three letters of his/her standing from the prior sonography program. One letter should be a “report of status” from the former program director.

Contact

Please contact Jeremi Martin at Jeremi.L.Martin@LoneStar.edu or call 832.482.1016 for more information
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Allied Health Assistant at 281.290.3275.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses 14 Credits
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PHYS 1410 Elementary Physics 4
BIOL 2404 Intro to Anatomy and Physiology 4

First Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
DMSO 1351 Sonographic Crosssectional Anatomy 3
DMSO 1455 Sonographic Pathophysiology 4
DMSO 1302 Basic Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 1360 Clinical - Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technician 3
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
DMSO 1342 Intermediate Ultrasound Physics 3
DMSO 2405 Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology 4
DMSO 1266 Practicum I 2
DMSO 2253 Sonography of Superficial Structures 2
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
Third Semester Courses 8 Credits
DMSO 2351 Doppler Physics 3
DMSO 2342 Sonography of High Risk Obstetrics 3
DMSO 1267 Practicum II 2

Second Year

First Semester Courses 11 Credits
DMSO 2245 Advanced Sonography 2
DSVT 2200 Vascular Technology Applications 2
Elective Humanities/Fine Arts1 3
DMSO 2130 Advanced Ultrasound Review 1
DMSO 2366 Practicum III2 3
Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Choose from AAS Core
  2. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $65,8601

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Ultrasonographer2
  • Ultrasound Technician2
  • Ultrasound Tech2
  • Cardiac Sonographer2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.