Cardiovascular Sonography –
Program Detail


Program Mission/Overview

The Cardiovascular Sonography Program meets the need for Cardiac and Vascular Sonographers, through didactic, clinical education, advanced technology, and competency measures.


Program Goals

The primary goal of the Cardiovascular Sonography Program is to provide high-quality education in both the didactic and clinical areas with the goal of providing students with a high level of technical competency as well as adequate interpersonal skills.

To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.


Program Outcomes

  • 2021 Attrition Rate AAS 0% (4 of 4), Diploma 0% (4 of 4)
  • 2021 Job Placement AAS 100% (4 of 4), Diploma 100% (4 of 4)
  • 2021 Registry combined pass rate 100% (8 of 8)
  • 2020 Attrition Rate AAS 0% (4 of 4), Diploma 0% (4 of 4)
  • 2020 Job Placement AAS 50% (2 of 4), Diploma 100% (4 of 4)
  • 2020 Registry combined pass rate 100% (8 of 8)
  • 2019 Attrition Rate AAS 0% (4 of 4), Diploma 0% (4 of 4)
  • 2019 Job Placement AAS 100% (4 of 4), Diploma 75% (3 of 4)
  • 2019 Registry combined pass rate 88% (7 of 8)
  • 2018 Attrition Rate AAS 0% (0 of 4), Diploma 50% (2 of 4)
  • 2018 Job Placement AAS 100% (4 of 4), Diploma 50% (1 of 2)
  • 2018 Registry combined pass rate 83% (5 of 6) (one did not take within year)
  • 2017 Attrition Rate AAS 0% (4 of 4), Diploma 0% (4 of 4)
  • 2017 Job Placement AAS 75% (3 of 4), Diploma 50% (2 of 4)
  • 2017 Registry combined pass rate 100% (6 of 6)
  • 2016 Attrition Rate AAS 50% (2 of 4) (one transferred to Diploma), Diploma 0% (0 of 4)
  • 2016 Job Placement AAS 100% (2 of 2) Diploma 75% (3 of 4)
  • 2016 Registry combined pass rate: 50% (2 of 4)



  • Number of Students Accepted into the Cardiovascular Sonography Diploma Program: 4
  • Number of Students Accepted into the Cardiovascular Sonography Associates Degree Program: 4
  • Deadline for Completion of Application: Check current application packet.  Usually, end of March for current year’s application


Job Placement

Graduates from this program may find employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, mobile units, educational institutions, sales, and applications.



Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, High Point Regional Hospital, Cone Health, Rowan Regional Hospital (Salisbury), Lexington Memorial Hospital


Sample Schedule – AAS Students (Subject to change)

If general courses are not complete they should be added to this schedule.  (General education classes not included in this schedule)

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year1 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2
Monday Lab 10-12p Class 8-1p Off Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p
Tuesday Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Class 8-1p Class 10-12p Lab times will vary Class 8-10a
Wednesday Class 8-11a Class 8-2p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p
Thursday Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Off Off
Friday Open Lab 8-12p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p


Sample Schedule – Diploma Students (Subject to change)

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1
Monday Lab (sec. 1) 12-4p Class 8-1p Off
Tuesday Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Class 10-2p
Wednesday Class 8-11a
Lab (sec. 2) 12-4p
Class 8-2p Clinical 8-4:30p
Thursday Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p
Friday Lab (sec. 3) 8-12p Clinical 8-4:30p Clinical 8-4:30p



  1. How long is the waiting list for the cardiovascular
    sonography program?
    There is no waiting list for our programs. The program has a limited capacity due to accreditation and the availability of clinical space. Applicants are chosen by a selective entry process, which is based on a point system. The applicants with the highest number of selective entry points will be selected into the program. This process is renewed every year. This means that all applicants must compete again with selective entry points.
  2. What courses are required prior to entry into the program?
    Please see the admissions packet on the Admission Requirements link.
  3. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Do I qualify to apply for the cardiovascular sonography diploma program?
    Yes, entry into the CVS diploma program requires a Bachelor’s degree in any field or a two-year healthcare degree.
  4. Is there a difference in the pay scale between diploma graduates and A.A.S. degree graduates?
    No. The pay scale is the same.
  5. What are the main differences between the Cardiovascular Sonography diploma program and the A.A.S. Cardiovascular Sonography degree program?
    • The diploma program is three semesters and the A.A.S degree program is five semesters. The A.A.S. program includes more clinical time and an additional vascular class.
    • The Cardiovascular Sonography diploma program does not include vascular training.
  6. Why do the requirements for entry into the program change from one year to the next?
    In order to meet accreditation requirements with CAAHEP, we must be in compliance with their standards. These standards change as we continually seek to provide the highest quality of education possible. Whenever CAAHEP changes a standard the college must make changes in its programs in order to maintain accreditation. Sometimes this requires us to add a new course to the curriculum and sometimes it requires us to either change or drop other courses. In some cases it requires us to revise the requirements for entry into a program.
  7. Do I need to get certified in CPR prior to acceptance into the program?
    No. Only those applicants who are initially accepted into the program are required to get CPR certification.
  8. Once accepted into the program, what type of CPR will I need to get?
    You will need to get certified in Basic CPR at the healthcare provider level.
  9. I have taken all of the related courses in the curriculum. Is there anything else that I can do to increase my chances of being accepted into the program?
    See admissions packet for possible opportunities to acquire additional points.
  10. If I have transfer credits for the required Math and English courses do I still have to take the CPT exams?
    No. If you have college transfer credits for the English and math courses then you do not have to take the CPT exams. Only the applicants who do not have transfer credits for these courses are required to take the CPT exams.
  11. I need to know if the college will accept transfer credit for a course that I took at another college. Who can I contact regarding transfer credits?
    Please call the records office at 336.734.7474 and speak with the college transfer technician regarding questions about transfer credits.
  12. Do the programs only start in the fall?
    Yes, all of the sonography programs at Forsyth Tech begin Fall semester each year.
  13. When are applications due?
    They are usually due around the end of March of the year you are applying for.  The date changes each year so check the application packet for the current date.  Applications that are not complete and/or lack transcripts or any other required documentation will not be considered for the upcoming fall semester. You must be certain that everything is complete and turned in by the due date.
  14. I have applied to the college. Is there a separate application process for the sonography programs?
    The applicant needs only to fill out one application per year. Only one major may be declared at a time. If a student desires to change majors (or program) then a new application should be completed. Applications should be updated annually in order to be considered for the program. Students applying to the sonography program will first be accepted as general occupational technology students. The student may then begin taking classes to earn points to be selected into the sonography program.
  15. How many students apply each year?
    It varies from year to year
  16. How many students are taken into the programs each fall?
    • Cardiovascular Sonography Diploma Program: 4
    • Cardiovascular Sonography AAS Degree: 4
  17. Why can’t more students be taken into these programs? With the number of applicants for these programs, it seems like the college should take in more students.
    Cardiovascular Sonography is a unique learning experience that requires one-on-one instructor training with the students. The faculty can only handle up to a certain number of students. We can only have one student at most of our clinical sites due to our accreditation requirements and we have a limited number of clinical sites. Due to accreditation requirements, all ultrasound labs are not qualified to accept students therefore the number of clinical sites are limited.
  18. Why is it that other programs like the Radiologic Technology or CT/MRI programs can take in more students?
    Each modality has its unique limitations. Sonograms can take up to an hour to perform with a student whereas most x-rays and some CT scans may take only 10-15 minutes to perform. There is also a higher volume of patients in x-ray and CT, which is accommodating for larger classes of students. Patient loads in Ultrasound are much lower because they take much more time to perform. This limits the number of potential patients that students can scan in a typical day and thus limits the number of students that we can send to each clinical site.
  19. What are the prerequisites for applying for the program(s)?
    Prior to acceptance:

    • Competencies in algebra and biology are required.
    • Overall GPA of 2.0 for courses taken at Forsyth Technical Community College.
    • Complete CPT exams or provide transfer credits for English and Math.
    • Attend Health Information Session for each year applying to the program.

    After Acceptance:

    • CPR Certification at the healthcare provider level.
    • Completion of Medical form including required vaccinations.
  20. What is the cost of attending Forsyth Technical Community College?
    • In-state tuition: See Forsyth Tech Tuition and Fees webpage for the current rate
    • Out-of-state tuition: See Forsyth Tech Tuition and Fees webpage for the current rate
    • Textbooks: Approximately $500.00 to $1000.00 [For the entire program] Note: Textbook prices are subject to change so this is an approximate cost.
    • Uniforms: $200.00 – $300.00
  21. When I am accepted into the program, will I get to choose the hospitals where I wish to do my clinical rotations?
    No. The sonography program must provide an equal clinical experience to all of its students. Some hospitals provide exposure to exams that others do not, so we must rotate students to various sites in order to ensure that all students get a well-rounded clinical training experience. This will require driving to long distance sites. We currently use sites in five different counties, so students entering this program will need good, dependable transportation. The college does not provide transportation to or from clinical sites. We cannot take requests from students regarding clinical site rotations. We must operate strictly according to accreditation guidelines and this requires us to rotate students through a variety of locations.
  22. What is the job market?
    According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there is a 22% growth rate (far above average) predicted for the next 10 years.
  23. Can having a past conviction of a felony affect my qualifications?
    If you have ever been convicted of a felony, then you may not be allowed to sit for the ARDMS national certification registries. This means that you can never become registered and thus will not be able to practice sonography. Some clinical sites require a criminal background check and will not let students practice if criminal charges have been found.


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