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This program is designed to prepare students to become board-certified Cardiac Sonographers, trained in echocardiography with a comprehensive knowledge of how the heart works in relation to the rest of the body and the patient’s overall health. Cardiac sonographers perform a test called an echocardiogram which encompasses 2D and 3D imaging as well as different Doppler tools to assess blood flow through the heart. Cardiac sonographers work closely with cardiologists to create a report on overall heart chamber size, function, relaxation, valve anatomy, and various disease processes.
CSP is proud to partner with Allina Health to offer an echocardiography degree built on relevant curriculum and clinical experience.
As a skilled cardiac sonographer, you are trained in echocardiography to understand the in-depth nature of the heart and how it translates to overall health. Day to day work includes preparing patients for their echocardiogram exams, understanding the reason for the exam and the patient’s presenting symptoms/history, performing complete echocardiograms (including regular transthoracic exams and stress echocardiograms), assisting cardiologist with transesophageal echocardiograms and other invasive cardiac exams. Using specific imaging tools such as 2D and 3D images of the heart and Doppler blood flow imaging to assess the heart’s function. Cardiac sonographers will be competent in starting IV’s for contrast use during an exam. Cardiac sonographers will also be competent in putting together the exam’s measurements/findings and creating a preliminary report for the cardiologist. All of these skills are a crucial part in helping the care team make an accurate diagnosis for the patient.