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Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography – Echocardiography

Combine your compassion and critical thinking to help advance heart health.

Whether it’s heart-to-hearts with patients or detail-oriented research, use your social and technical skills alongside state-of-the-art technology to care for your community.

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, also known as Echocardiography, uses high-frequency sound waves on patients to aid in cardiac diagnoses. As part of the patient care team, diagnostic cardiac sonographers assess patients and provide information to cardiologists for diagnoses and patient health monitoring.

The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography – Echocardiography program prepares students, through theoretical and clinical training, to conduct Echocardiography examinations, focusing on the heart. This content is cross-referenced to the national competency profile set up by Sonography Canada.

This specialized profession requires a high degree of technical skills, hand-eye coordination, and exceptional interpersonal skills.

  • Program Type
    Full-time
  • Credential
    Advanced Diploma
  • Annual Intake
    Fall
  • Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Competitive admission
  • Application Deadline
    April 15
  • Program Length
    14 months

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills and attain the nationally recognized credentials necessary to work as a sonographer in an echocardiography department.

TERM 1

Discover anatomy, physiology and diseases of the human heart while using the basics of ultrasound physics to operate a state-of-the-art ultrasound system.

TERM 2

Develop scanning skills to safely complete cardiac exams in preparation for assessing real patients. Broaden understanding of heart pathologies.

TERM 3

Combine scanning techniques and communication skills with patient care in an echocardiography department under the supervision of a sonographer.

TERM 4

Practice scanning techniques, departmental communication skills and patient care with increasing independence in an echocardiography department.

TERM 5

Apply echocardiography skills independently, reaching entry-level competency, in preparation for employment and a career in diagnostic echocardiography.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Sonographer (echocardiographer)
  • Diagnostic imaging instructor
  • Diagnostic imaging manager
  • Researcher
  • Application specialist
  • Technical advisor
  • Diagnostic imaging equipment representative

AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Our passionate instructors are ready to share their knowledge and experience in diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.
Professional communication is one of the many valuable skills students learn at RRC Polytech.
Sonography students learn through experience, working with modern diagnostic equipment and real people.
Develop patient care skills alongside students from various healthcare programs.
Learn at the heart of the Notre Dame Campus in our state-of-the-art ultrasound lab.
Instructors are always nearby, ready to answer questions and guide your progress.
Build teamwork and confidence in the lab and apply your skills in hospitals during practicum.

Graduate Success

Major urban hospitals across Manitoba use ultrasound, while urban and rural hospitals, as well as mobile ultrasound programs, travel to service smaller rural communities across Canada. Graduates can also work in teaching or management positions.

Achieve your career goals

With an education in diagnostic sonography from RRC Polytech, you get employed and advance your career through lifelong learning.

Obtain a quality educational experience

RRC Polytech offers a small, intimate program with knowledgeable, supportive instructors that are invested in your success, on campus and in the hospital.

Achieve job stability

RRC Polytech graduates are sought after nationwide and have the opportunity for a stable income when they advance their careers.

“[At RRC Polytech] we learned how to interact with patients and people when they’re not at their best physically or emotionally. It stands out for me as something that carries over to anything I do.”

Hesam (Sam) Aminian – Retired Technologist Supervisor
Health Sciences Centre

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

This specialized profession requires a high degree of technical skill and hand-eye coordination along with exceptional interpersonal skills. Excellent spatial reasoning abilities and a desire to care for the sick or vulnerable are essential. Physical and emotional demands make this role challenging on many levels.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.

PERSONALITY TRAITS

  • Adaptable
  • Critical thinker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Empathetic
  • Level-headed

SKILLS

  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Organization
  • Prioritizing
  • Time management

INTERESTS

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Technology
  • Medicine

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