CVT/Echocardiography Technician

What will I learn in this program?

The Cardiovascular Technology Program is a two-year, full time program with a start time every two years.  The next class will start Fall 2010 and then Fall 2012.  The courses include; Cardiac anatomy and pathology, cardiac ultrasound, physics of ultrasound, ECG interpretation, stress testing, stress echo, pacemaker interpretation, stress echo, cardiac pharmacology.

Echo Internships are arranged with regional echocardiography departments. The ultrasound field is a sophisticated health care field that combines technology, independent analysis, patient and professional interaction.  Those entering the ultrasound field should have a high level of competency skills with computers and technology.

The CVT/Echo Program is an impacted program.  There are only twenty students accepted into each class.  Like most health care programs, the restricted class size is necessary to insure that students receive the appropriate number of clinical hours of training.

After graduation, students will be able to work in a hospital Echo Department or a cardiology office performing cardiac ultrasound exams, stress echoes. Responsibilities may also include assisting with treadmill exercise tests, performing ECGs and analyzing 24 hour ambulatory ECGs.

In the current job market, many of the 2010 graduates will begin their echo careers in part-time positions and advance to full time positions when the economy improves.  Previous graduating classes have had an 85% employment record upon completion of the program

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?

The demand for cardiac sonographers will remain steady.  Cardiac ultrasound sonographers are an important part of the diagnostic process for patients.  In some medical centers there is an opportunity for cardiac sonographers to cross-train into other ultrasound modalities: pediatric, vascular or general ultrasound.


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Cardiac Sonographer


Average Growth

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers


Average Growth


Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

  • Completion of college level anatomy (Ana 25 or 14) with a “C” or better, completed within last 5 years
  • Placement into 96 or eligible to enter English IA
  • Attend one of the orientation meetings in April, 2012: Location: John Adams Campus (, SF CA 94117 )  Gym Building Room 103      
  • Highly recommended courses and experience: work or volunteer experience in a health care facility/ Physiology, algebra, physics, medical terminology
  • Complete individual orientation after the general orientation meeting

Does this program have any special costs?

  • Tuition  $26/unit ( resident). Subject to change
  • Health fee (mandatory/not optional) $17/semester
  • Fall semester books: $250-300 (subject to change)
  • Background check (mandatory) $80
  • Lab jacket for clinical $30
  • Scrub top $20
  • Student ID card (each year) $6
  • Educational CDs $50

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Associates Degree (by 2012)

2 years

Certificate of Achievement in CVT/Echocardiography Technician

2 Years


*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program? Health_CareTechnology
City College of San Francisco, John Adams Campus
1860 Hayes Street, Gym Room 113
John Adams Campus, San Francisco, CA 94117                     
Lisa Caul, CVT/Echo Program Director