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Cardiovascular Technology Program with Adult Echocardiography Specialty (ECHO)

Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) consists of multiple specialties within the profession; invasive cardiovascular technology, adult echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, non-invasive vascular technology and cardiac electrophysiology. Members in the Cardiovascular Technology profession work with physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Adult Echocardiographer performs cardiac ultrasounds, exercise and pharmacologic stress testing, and assists with transesophageal, intra-cardiac and intra-operative procedures to provide physicians with the analytical information needed for diagnosis and treatment. 

The Riverside Cardiovascular Technology Program was established in 2021 as a one-year certificate program. At least 60 college-level credits and a recent licensure or certification in a health related field is prerequisite. The program curriculum includes a thorough study of ultrasound physics, Echocardiography Technology, skills laboratory time, and over 800 hours of clinical practice.

Students are required to challenge the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam and the Adult Echocardiography (AE) exam with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to graduation. 

Apply for Cardiovascular Technology with Adult Echocardiography Specialty Program. 


Riverside is proud to offer:

  • Full-time Day option consisting of two 16-week semesters and one 8-week summer semester (40 total weeks - 1 academic year) in addition to specified College-level prerequisite preadmission courses
  • Theoretical instruction integrated with laboratory simulations and clinical experience
  • Hands-on clinical experience in our modern medical centers
  • Financial aid for students who qualify
  • Associated with Riverside Health System career planning services for current students and alumni
  • Low Instructor-Student ratio

Prerequisite College Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
  • English Composition
  • College Math (any 100-level or higher)
  • Psychology: Gen, Intro, or Developmental
  • General or Conceptual Physics
  • Medical Terminology

*All prerequisite courses must be completed before a formal application can be submitted and reviewed.

Preadmission Testing Requirements

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited U.S. high school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or have earned a high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
  • Cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 or higher is recommended.
  • Associate’s Degree or 60 semester credit hours/90 quarter hours, including required prerequisite courses.
  • Completion of a Healthcare Certification Program with evidence of certification or licensure as applicable that is current within the last five years.
  • Prospective students for the Cardiovascular Technology – Adult Echocardiography Specialty with prior criminal offenses are urged to review the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) Compliance Policies and/or contact ARDMS to verify eligibility for obtaining credentials.

*Students currently enrolled in a health-related program may submit an application provided they are in good standing and expected to graduate before the first scheduled day of the Cardiovascular Program

Class Times

Day Division

  • Approximately 12 months (40 total weeks - 1 academic year)
  • Hours vary Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional evening & weekend hours may be required

Cardiovascular Technology Program with Adult Echocardiography Specialty Education

  • Program Hours —Theory —210 hours
  • Program Hours — Skills Lab — 90 hours
  • Program Hours — Clinical — 855 hours
  • Total Program Hours — 1155 hours


The Cardiovascular Technology – Adult Echocardiography Specialty is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    9355 113th St N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775


Students are required to challenge the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) Examination and the Adult Echocardiography (AE) Examination with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) prior to graduation. Further information may be obtained from: 

  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
    1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD  20852
    800-541-9754 FAX 301-738-0312, 


  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building Richmond, VA 23219


  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N. Falls Church, VA 22043


Tuition Breakdown for Cardiovascular Technology Program with Adult Echocardiography Specialty (ECHO)

Clock-hour Based Flat Rate per payment period:

  • Payment Period 1: $6,125
  • Payment Period 2: $6,125

Total Tuition: $12,250

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $350
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $50
  • Credentialing Estimate: included in tuition (1st attempt)


1. Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will perform echocardiograms and accurately complete preliminary report.
  • Students will recognize normal from abnormal echocardiograms.
  • Students will appropriately respond to emergent situations.

2. Students will demonstrate communication skills.

  • Students will identify the diversity of patients and communicate appropriately.
  • Students will demonstrate respectful written and oral communication with patients, members of the care team, and their peers. 

3. Students will implement critical thinking skills.

  • Students will integrate the individual needs of each patient based on their medical history and physician’s order into the study being performed.
  • Students will incorporate their knowledge of ultrasound and cardiac pathology by modifying study being performed as required by protocol.  

4. Students will model professionalism. 

  • Students will participate in the care of the patient as a member of a collaborative healthcare team.
  • Students will display professionalism in relationships with physicians, team members, and the public. 
  • Students will display ethical behavior and comply with patient privacy laws.