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SFCC to offer online Cardiac Sonography courses

Posted 7/15/2014

—State Fair Community College will offer three online Cardiac Sonography courses during the 2014-2015 academic year.

These advanced placement courses are designed for working sonographers who want to prepare for the cardiac registry exam through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). Each course lasts eight weeks and provides four credit hours.

Students can learn on their own time with online classes, learn from peers in current job settings through flexible clinical schedules and gain competencies for cardiac certification. Courses are to be taken consecutively and do not apply toward a degree.

The first course, Cardiac Sonography I, begins Aug. 18 and ends Oct. 14. Priority registration deadline is July 31; final registration deadline is Aug. 11. Tuition assistance may be available for this class only for eligible students through a MoHealthWINS grant*.

It includes cardiovascular assessment techniques, physics, knobology, ultrasound review, and an introduction to the theoretical principles of basic M mode and two-dimensional echocardiography.

Cardiac Sonography II
will be offered Oct. 15 through Dec. 12. A continuation of Cardiac Sonography I, it emphasizes the theoretical principles of echocardiography necessary to measure and interpret aortic and mitral valve pathology.

Cardiac Sonography III
will be offered spring semester 2015. The third in the series includes interpretation of echocardiography and patterns for normal and pathological states of the left ventricle, pulmonic and tricuspid valves, as well as interventional echocardiography. Additional topics include Doppler and color flow technology, new trends, diastology, and contrast agents.

Applicants will need to complete an SFCC application and an additional Cardiac Sonography application. Applicants must be credentialed with ARDMS in one specialty area or have a single two-year allied health education program that is patient-care related. Applicants must be able to provide proof of 12 months of clinical experience in cardiac sonography.

For more information, visit or contact Patti Rudick, program director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, at, or Dana Thompson, admissions and advisement specialist, at or (660) 596-7149.
*A MoHealthWINS grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration funded this workforce solution.

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