Echocardiography, Medical Imaging, BS

  • A close-up view of a woman working in a medical facility wearing a stethoscope

    Put your heart into your work each day while you help doctors diagnose and treat the hearts of others. The rewarding field of echocardiography awaits.

    Make Your Mark in the Medical World with Images of the Human Heart

    In the medical specialty echocardiography, you’ll use specialized equipment to produce pictures of patients’ hearts. Using high-frequency sound waves, you’ll create 2-D and 3-D images that help physicians diagnose and treat disorders. As a technician in this field, you might specialize in adult echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, or fetal echocardiography.

    The Curriculum

    This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study:

    • Phase One includes 88 credits of coursework in areas such as public speaking, chemistry, biology, physics, and math that are prerequisite to the clinical year. Additionally, students complete all of the Liberal Studies requirements while at the IUP main campus. All requirements in Phase One must be completed before progressing to the affiliating school of nuclear medicine technology.
    • Phase Two includes 32 credits in the 12-month clinical year, during which students attend classes and clinical experiences through the University of Findlay, Ohio. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

    Students spend four months at the University of Findlay, where they study the theory of echocardiography. The next phase includes 35 weeks of clinical in one of the affiliating hospitals.  The program concludes with one week of review and a final exam.

    Graduates of the echocardiography program are eligible to apply for the national certification examination. The examinations are administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (ADCS). In many states, certification by the national organization is needed to apply for licensure so the individual may legally work in that state.

  • Freshman Year

    Fall

    Course Name Credits
    MATH 105 College Algebra* 3
    CHEM 101 College Chemistry I or CHEM 111 General Chemistry* 4
    ENGL 101 College Writing* 3
    Fine Arts Requirement 3
    SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
    Total Credits 16

    Spring

    Course Name Credits
    CHEM 102 College Chemistry II or CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
    HIST 196/197/198 3
    Dimensions of Wellness 3
    Free Elective 3
    PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
    Total Credits
    16
    Sophomore Year

    Fall

    Course Name Credits
    PHYS 111 Physics I Lecture* 3
    PHYS 121 Physics I Lab 1
    Free Elective 3
    COSC/IFMG 101 Micro-Based Computer Literacy 3
    ENGL 202 Composition II 3
    Free Elective 3
    Total Credits 16

    Spring

    Course Name Credits
    PHYS 112 Physics II Lecture 3
    PHYS 122 Physics II Lab 1
    ENGL 310 Public Speaking or BCOM 321 Business and Interpersonal Communications* 3
    BIOL 150 Human Anatomy* 4
    Free Elective 3
    Total Credits
    14
    Junior Year

    Fall

    Course Name Credits
    BIOL 240 Human Physiology 4
    Global and Multicultural Awareness 3
    Free Elective 3
    Free Elective 3
    Total Credits 13

    Spring

    Course Name Credits
    Philosophy/Religious Studies Requirement 3
    ENGL 121 Humanities Literature 3
    Free Elective 3
    BIOL 241 Introductory Medical Microbiology 4
    Total Credits
    13
  • *The University of Findlay Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs require C or higher grades in these courses. For the most favorable review of the application, students are encouraged to have completed all of these courses before the application deadline. They also require a C or higher grade in a Humanities and Social Sciences course.

    **Courses are taught off-campus for one calendar year at the University of Findlay or the Community College of Allegheny County. Students will not need to register for these courses. Thirty-two (32) credits of articulated courses in the track will be transferred from the affiliation agreement and posted to the official Indiana University of Pennsylvania transcript.

    IUP is affiliated with the University of Findlay Diagnostic Sonography Programs. In this program, students spend one semester at the University of Findlay, 35 weeks in clinical training at one of the approved clinical sites and return to Findlay for a final examination.