Program Description

Program Description


Echocardiography

Danville Area Community College

Mission Statement

The Echocardiography program at DACC prepares the student for employment upon graduation as a key member of the health care team that performs a variety of echo procedures by operating complex equipment and providing skilled patient care.

Program Description

This rigorous program offers a wide variety of educational experiences in professional/technical coursework. In addition to classroom and laboratory sessions, students will perform two semesters of clinical rotations coordinated by the faculty at DACC and directly supervised by credentialed technologists at affiliated medical facilities.  This critical component of the curriculum allows students to perform real world hands-on application of knowledge. Graduates complete 1697 total program hours (classroom, laboratory and clinicals) which makes them eligible to take the national certification examinations in echocardiography given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Program Goals

  • To provide both educational and employment opportunities to the individuals of this community, so that they may:
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Engage in critical thinking.
  • Perform competently in clinical practice.
  • Participate in activities that promote professional growth.
  • To provide the community’s health care facilities, including hospitals, professional clinics and private physician’s offices with qualified echocardiographers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the Program Goals by:

  1. demonstrating written communication skills
  2. demonstrating oral communication skills.
  3. demonstrating the ability to perform non routine procedures.
  4. correctly deducing the answer to complex questions
  5. understanding the value of professional development
  6. demonstrating professional growth
  7. demonstrating appropriate patient care skills
  8. accurately analyzing images for diagnostic quality
  9. demonstrating accuracy in scanning                                                     

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