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Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography — Echocardiography Fast Track

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

This program is designed for transfer students and bachelor degree holders. As a cardiac sonographer, the images you capture have the power to change lives. This program builds on your previous college studies and covers a comprehensive curriculum including fetal, pediatric, and adult echocardiography, as well as vascular medical imaging. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for your new career assisting physicians in the accurate detection and diagnosis of medical conditions.

During the fast tracked time frame of 24 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious New England medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for national registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) as well as the Cardiac Credentialing International exam (CCI). And you’ll be fully prepared to grow as a leader in healthcare.

Is fast track right for me? Learn the difference between our accelerated and fast track bachelor degree programs.

Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

Required courses for all applicants:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

Additional courses required for students without a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Basic Chemistry II with lab (4 credits)
  • Expository Writing II (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)*
  • Behavioral Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)*
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)*

*Can be transferred in or completed at MCPHS


Year I-Fall

DMS 200 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2
DMS 208 Sonographic Physics and Instruments I 3
DMS 235 Cardiac Ultrasound I: Cardiovascular Principles 3
DMS 236L Cardiac Ultrasound Imaging Lab I 4

Year I-Spring

DMS 218 Sonographic Physics and Instruments II 3
DMS 245 Cardiac Ultrasound II: Introduction to Heart Disease 4
DMS 246L Cardiac Ultrasound Imaging Lab II 5

Year I-Summer

DMS 304 Problem Solving in Physics and Instruments  3
DMS 305 Cardiac Ultrasound III: Pediatric and Adult  3
DMS 307L Cardiac Ultrasound Imaging Lab III 2
DMS 320 Introduction to Vascular Sonography (w/ Lab) 5

Year II-Fall

DMS 325 Cardiac Ultrasound IV: Advanced Echocardiography 3
DMS 330C Cardiac Ultrasound Practicum I 8
LIB 220O Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3

Year II-Spring

DMS 401 Cardiac Ultrasound V: Critical Thinking in Echocardiography 4
DMS 415C Cardiac Ultrasound Practicum II 8
DMS 446 Cardiac Ultrasound Capstone I 1

Year II-Summer

DMS 425C Cardiovascular Clinical Sonography III 8
DMS 431 Cardiac Ultrasound Registry Review 3
DMS 443 Advanced Problem Solving in Vascular Sonography* (1)
LIB 512O Healthcare Ethics  3
DMS 456 Cardiac Ultrasound Capstone II  1
TOTAL 15 (16)

Total credits to complete degree requirements 79
*If the elective DMS 443 Advanced Problem Solving in Vascular Sonography is taken, total semester credits come to 14, and Program Credits to 80.

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Diagnostic Medical Sonography faculty

Boston Echocardiography Program Outcomes

Class of 2019

  • Start date: Fall 2017
  • Students Enrolled (Start): 16
  • Retention rate: 87.5% (14/16)
  • Graduation rate: 100% (14/14)
  • Registry exam pass rate: 100% (14/14)
  • Job placement rate: 100% (14/14)

Class of 2020

  • Start Date: Fall 2018
  • Students Enrolled (Start): 12
  • Retention Rate: 91.66% (11/12)
  • Graduation Rate: 100% (11/11)
  • Registry Exam pass Rate: 100% (11/11)
  • Job Placement Rate: 100% (11/11)

Class of 2021

  • Start Date: Fall 2019
  • Students Enrolled (Start): 9
  • Retention Rate: 88.88% (8/9)
  • Graduation Rate: 100% (8/8)
  • Registry Exam pass Rate: 85.71 (6/7)
  • Job Placement Rate: TBD  

Class of 2022

  • Start Date: Fall 2020
  • Students Enrolled (Start): 9
  • Students in Progress: 7
  • Retention Rate: 77.77% (7/9)*
  • Graduation Rate: TBD
  • Registry Exam pass Rate: TBD
  • Job Placement Rate: TBD

*As of 11/3/2021


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