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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.


Hours

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.


Facilities

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

Tuition for the 2014-2015 class is $15,000.

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


Accreditation

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 1st 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.


Prerequisites

  • College Algebra: A minimum of one semester of college algebra is required; a higher-level math course will also satisfy this requirement. **Statistics will not satisfy the college algebra prerequisite 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. Prerequisite coursework may not be more than 5 years old.

The most competitive candidates will possess:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0
  • Previous experience in patient care
  • Previous experience shadowing a sonographer
  • All prerequisite coursework complete at the time of interview (late February)

If you have any questions regarding the application or the application process, please contact Lindsay Tyson, BA, AAS, RDCS/RCS at (443) 287-9142 or ltyson5@jhmi.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

When is the application deadline?

The application is due February 1st each year.

When are applicants selected for an interview and admission?

Interviews begin mid-February of each year. Acceptance letters are sent out the first week of March.

How competitive is admission to the program?

Each year around 30 applications are received and three to five students are selected for admission

Do you accept federal aid or financial assistance?

The only financial assistance offered at this time is through Sallie Mae. Please visit the Sallie Mae website for more details:

Do you accept the GI Bill as payment for the program?

Johns Hopkins School of Cardiac Sonography is a private career school. We unfortunately cannot accept the GI Bill as payment at this time.

Are 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 our students have been recognized for in the past is the The Alan D. Waggoner, MHS, RDCS Sonographer Student Scholarship. Each year the American Society of Echocardiography chooses 10 students to receive the scholarship grant.

Are any information sessions offered?

Information sessions are offered the first or second week in October and December. Please contact the program director at ltyson5@jhmi.edu if you are interested in attending.

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?

No

What credentials am I elegible to receive through this program?

You will be eligible to sit for your adult echo boards through the ARDMS or CCI 60 days before graduation.

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 and 4:30 pm.

Does the program have a dress code?

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

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 and statistics will not satisfy the college algebra requirement.


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