As a Diagnostic Echocardiographer, you'll perform diagnostic examinations using imaging technology, as requested by a physician, that produces high-frequency sound waves that create "moving pictures" of the heart. You'll work with the cardiac care team to assess the overall condition of the heart and help diagnose any existing cardiac abnormalities. The demand for this medical specialty is expected to grow by 10% in the next ten years.
Please note: All courses are face-to-face, in daytime hours only. No online or night classes are offered at this time.
Why Choose a Career in Diagnostic Echocardiography?
The Diagnostic Echocardiography Program at Tyler Junior College is committed to serving the local community and students by providing the training of necessary job skills, and the proper education, needed to fulfill the duties of a diagnostic echocardiographer. The program provides access and equal opportunity to all qualified individuals who apply.
The teaching-learning process is a shared responsibility between the faculty and the students. The faculty facilitates the process by defining content, establishing critical criteria, role modeling, providing opportunities for learning activities and evaluating performance. The process is further facilitated with a movement from general to specific and straightforward to complex. The teaching-learning process utilizes critical thinking, research findings, effective interpersonal communication and various instructional methodologies relevant to a changing society. Learning is a lifelong experiential process involving acquiring and synthesizing knowledge, skills and understanding. The learner must be an active participant to attain success.
Vascular Technology Enhanced Skills Certificate (ESC)
Vascular technologists specialize in imaging blood vessels. The Vascular Technology ESC is completed concurrently with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Diagnostic Echocardiography (A.A.S.) degrees in the last year of both programs.
Diagnostic Echocardiography (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Diagnostic Echocardiography is designed to prepare skilled professionals to use state-of-the-art imaging equipment that produces high-frequency sound waves to create a "moving picture" of the heart.
How to Apply
While TJC is an open admissions college, acceptance into the Diagnostic Echocardiography Program is limited and based on criteria utilizing a point system and an admissions committee's review of the top 16 applicants. Following the interview, the top eight applicants will be offered a place in the program.
Details about how application points are awarded can be found on page 5 of the student application packet.
Students planning to apply for admission to the Diagnostic Echocardiography Program must submit completed Selective Admissions and Diagnostic Echocardiography applications to the Program Director (Rogers NHS Building, Room 240) no later than May 25, 2023.
DE student responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Performing competent echocardiograms
- Independent judgment
- Directing patient interaction
- Provide quality patient care
- Basic clerical skills
- Work standing on your feet 80% of the time
- Physician interaction
- Ability to use both hands, wrists, and shoulders
- Traveling to clinical sites
- Distinguish audible sounds
- A personal commitment
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
Previous Criminal Record
Please be advised that a previous criminal record could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you've ever been convicted of a crime and have a criminal record, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to applying.
They will review your record and be sure you are eligible for the registry upon graduation.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
TJC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Sonographers use state-of-the-art equipment that produces high-frequency soundwaves to form diagnostic images, or ultrasounds, of internal organs of the body.