Adult & Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Frequently Asked Questions

This updated program is scheduled to start in Fall Term 2023.


Question 1:  What is Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Sonography?

Cardiac sonographers perform echocardiograms to evaluate the heart’s chamber sizes, valvular functions, and physiology. 

Ultrasonography, commonly called Sonography, is a Diagnostic Medical Procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce dynamic visual images or organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, heart and blood vessels.

The process involves placing a small device called a transducer against the patient’s skin near the body part to be imaged. The transducer works like a loudspeaker and microphone because it can both transmit and receive sound. The transducer sends a stream of high frequency sound waves into the body that bounces off the internal structures. Different structures of the body reflect these sound waves differently, with the sounds detected by the transducer. These sounds are analyzed by a computer to make an image of the structure(s) on a television screen or that can be recorded on videotape.

Question 2:  Is there a waiting list and how many students are admitted each year?

We do not have a wait list for admission into the adult and pediatric cardiac sonography program. We use the program Selection Criteria as a guide to accept students when there are more applicants than seats available. Currently we can allow up to 12 - 14 students in the program for each cohort. 

Question 3:  What is the schedule for the program and where is it located?

This advanced technical certificate is offered on the Melbourne Campus and begins each Fall term and runs continuously through to the end of the next Summer term.

Clinical sites are utilized for the Practicum experience and it will be the student's responsibility to secure transportation to and from the assigned site. Students will follow a set course sequence within the program.

Question 4:  When will I know if I've been selected for admission to the program?

After the application deadline, all complete application folders will be submitted to the Selection Committee. All applicants will be notified by phone of their acceptance status approximately two weeks after the deadline. 

Question 5:  What are the career opportunities?

Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Sonographers can choose to work in clinics, hospitals, private practice physician offices, public health facilities, laboratories and other medical settings performing examinations in their areas of specialization. Career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, research and in commercial companies as education/application specialists, sales representatives, technical advisors, etc.

Question 6:  Does the program have state approval?

Yes. The Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Advanced Technical Certificate program curriculum has been approved by the Florida Department of Education. Eastern Florida State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).