Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (Fast Track) | St. Clair College
Fast Track
Two Year - Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Fall 2021 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Monica Tighe
519-972-2727 ext. 4456

Program Overview

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (DCS) utilize high-frequency sound waves to assist physicians in making heart health diagnoses. They perform sonographic procedures on the heart and determine which images to submit for review to the primary care physician. This graduate certificate program would be of interest to graduates of diagnostic sonography programs and cardiovascular technology programs or other related health science programs.

The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program will prepare students to develop theoretical and clinical competency skills required in the field of cardiac sonography and will also allow them to gain extensive laboratory and clinical experience, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.

Program Highlights

  • This hybrid program is offered as online lectures and in-person labs in the late afternoon/ evenings/weekends
  • Students who have previously graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program or Cardiovascular Technology program may be eligible for transfer credits.
  • This is a fast-track program to be completed in 16 months of continuous study. The program includes 2 semesters of online and face-to-face labs followed by 2 semesters of placement.
  • The program will allow students to participate in two 12-week semesters of clinical training and meet the competencies outlined in the Sonography Canada National Competency Profile (NCP).

Career Opportunities

Diagnostic cardiac sonographers operate ultrasound equipment and use non-invasive cardiovascular technology equipment to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart and blood vessel conditions. They perform echocardiograms, or ultrasound imaging, to evaluate different aspects of the heart such as chamber size, valve function, and blood flow and to produce and record images of the cardiac system. While diagnostic cardiac sonographers do not diagnose patients, they work with physicians in doing so, and may assist in other diagnostic procedures.

Graduates of this continuous 16-month certificate program may work in hospitals, medical offices, private clinics, and independent cardiac testing centres.

Admission Requirements

Post-secondary credentials from a related discipline such as a college diploma, college advanced diploma or an applied degree in a related discipline (Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Technology, Nursing and Human Kinetics).

Selection Procedure

Please note: This program is deemed "oversubscribed". As a result of the limited number of seats available.

Applicants who have completed a related health science program will be ranked utilizing their program GPA from their previous related health science degree or diploma. We will not include those courses related to Pre-Health Sciences program that were completed to gain admission into a health sciences program. Please note an official letter from your previous academic institution stating your program GPA may be requested.

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.

  • Standard First Aid (online courses are NOT acceptable)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BLS with AED (Annual renewal is required regardless of the expiry date on the card. Online courses are not acceptable)
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance before the first clinical placement (Spring - first semester).
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titer within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.

Computer Proficiency Requirements

Students in this program must have basic computer literacy, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, and e-mail.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Cardiac Sonography Basics
Sonography Physics I
Introduction To Echocardiography
Cardiovascular Anatomy And Physiology
Applied Echocardiography
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Cardiac Pathophysiology
Introduction To Patient Care
Sonography Physics II
Congenital Heart Disease
Valvular Disease
Applied Echocardiography II
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Clinical Placement I
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Clinical Placement II

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (Ontario College Graduate Certificate) (MTCU Code 71610)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Act in accordance with applicable regulations and professional guidelines to meet the standards of practice.
  2. Perform examination procedures, obtain images, correlate results, and analyze data using critical thinking and problem solving to meet diagnostic expectations of the health care team.
  3. Provide care that recognizes and respects the dignity, culture and individuality of patients and clients to ensure a safe and comfortable environment.
  4. Perform as an effective practitioner within cardiac sonography to be a valuable member of the multi-disciplinary health care team, assuming a leadership role as required.
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally as a member of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team using relevant terminology, behaviour and language appropriate to the recipient to ensure understanding and informed care.
  6. Operate ultrasound equipment safely and effectively to ensure patient/workplace safety.
  7. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.
  8. Apply advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology to cardiac sonography protocol and procedures.
  9. Modify cardiac sonography protocols in response to abnormalities 'identified' in diagnostic images that may indicate disorders of the cardiovascular system.

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