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Cardiac Sonography Training Program

General Information

Welcome to Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Cardiac Sonography, Echocardiography Program. The program is a 14-month full-time accredited program beginning July of the enrollment year and running continuously through August of the following year.

This program is designed to provide clinical training, including hands-on practice, for echocardiographic sonography and an academic curriculum in echocardiographic principles, technology, physics and instrumentation. We are dedicated to training sonographers who exemplify this standard and degree of excellence. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS and/or CCI Registry Exams. Johns Hopkins graduates have a 100% pass rate.

One of the many advantages of the Johns Hopkins program is that all clinical training is performed at one location. There is a strong collaboration with the didactic and clinical instructors to ensure harmony throughout the program.

The Johns Hopkins Echocardiography Lab offers a variety of educational offerings in conjunction with the school didactic sessions. This includes weekly staff education sessions, weekly Cardiology Fellowship Echocardiogram case review, the Legend in Echo Series and Cardiology Grand Rounds.


The hours will be eight hours per day and five days per week.

Class Size

The student to faculty ratio for didactic training is up to 10:1 and for all clinical training is 1:1.


This program takes advantage of the wide range of imaging resources available at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Johns Hopkins Hospital is consistently recognized as one of the premier health care organizations in the United States and globally.


Tuition for the 2013-2014 class is $15,000.

JHH Cardiac Sonography program reserves the right to make such changes without previous announcement.


The Cardiac Sonographer Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It is also accredited by the Maryland Higher Education Commission application.

Applications and Admissions

For consideration to the School of Cardiac Sonography, the application and other required documents must be submitted by the deadline of February 15 of the matriculation year.  Applications received after that date will be considered on a space available basis. 

Complete applications include: 
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40
  • A completed application form
  • A letter of intent
  • Two letters of reference
  • Transcripts documenting all post-high school education

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the agencies in the United States that performs academic credential evaluations.  Applicants with academic degrees from international institutions are required to take both the TOEFL and TSE examinations within twelve (12) months of the application deadline.

Please send completed applications to:

Johns Hopkins School of Cardiac Sonography
Echocardiography Program
Adult Echocardiography Laboratory
1800 Orleans Street
Zayed 4 #4052
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Admission Requirements

Individuals must present a strong academic background, especially in the supporting sciences. They need to demonstrate responsibility, a character of high moral integrity, good interpersonal skills and compassion. 

Applicants must have a minimum of a two year associate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or be a graduate of a two year clinically related accredited school in Allied Health (RN, RT, RDMS, Respiratory Therapy, etc.) with appropriate certification in that clinical specialty.


  • College Algebra: A minimum of one semester of college algebra is required; a higher-level math course will also satisfy this requirement.
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab: A minimum of two semesters of college-level anatomy and physiology with a lab are required.
  • Medical Terminology: One medical terminology course is required; it must be an official academic course resulting in a grade on a school transcript; courses are available from community and technical colleges, or on-line.
  • Physics with lab: A minimum of one semester of college-level introductory physics with a lab is required.
  • Speech composition

The prerequisite courses are required for all applicants and must be completed with a grade of C or better.

If you have any questions regarding the application or the application process, please contact Sue Phillip, RCS, FASE at (410) 502-6646 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept federal aid or financial assistance?

We will accept federal aid, but at this time we do not offer any federal aid or financial assistance.

Are there scholarships available?

Johns Hopkins does not offer any scholarships, but we do encourage our students to apply for any available scholarships in the field of sonography. One scholarship in particular our students in the past have been recognized for is the The Alan D. Waggoner, MHS, RDCS Sonographer Student Scholarship. This is offered by the American Society of Echocardiography, each year the ASEF chooses 10 students to receive the scholarship grant.

When does the program start and how long does it last?

This is a 14 month program beginning in July each year.

What are the additional costs beyond tuition?

$1500 (Books, Uniform, Lab Fee)

What are the hours of the program?

40/week, typical hours are 8:00 – 4:30

Are there any evening or weekend classes?


What certification do I receive upon completion of the program?

Upon completion students will receive a certificate in Cardiac Sonography; students will then be eligible to sit for boards to become a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, this program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, CAAHEP since 2008.

What is the Holiday or vacation schedule for students?

Students have all nationally recognized holidays off as well as 10 personal days to use as needed.

Can I continue to work while I am in the program?

Yes, but all students are expected to be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Does the program have a dress code?

Yes, students are expected to wear scrubs (gray tops and black pants).

Are applicants required to complete prerequisite courses?

Yes, a complete list of the prerequisites is listed above. Please note that physical science does not count for the required physics coursework.

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