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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.

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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:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I with lab (4 credits)
  • Physics I (Algebra-based) with lab (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Precalculus and Calculus)
  • Expository Writing I (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

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 American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • 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 207 Fetal & Pediatric Echocardiography 4
DMS 208 Sonographic Physics and Instruments I 3
DMS 209 Cardiovascular Principles 3
DMS 210L Cardiovascular Laboratory Procedures I 3

Year I-Spring

DMS 217 Cardiac Doppler 2
DMS 218 Sonographic Physics and Instruments II 3
DMS 219 Adult Echocardiography I 3
DMS 220L Cardiovascular Laboratory Procedures II 5

Year I-Summer

DMS 304 Problem Solving in Physics and Instruments  3
DMS 319 Adult Echocardiography II 3
DMS 320 Introduction to Vascular Sonography (w/lab) 5
DMS 230L Cardiovascular Lab Procedures III 1

Year II-Fall

DMS 310 Critical Thinking in Sonography I 2
DMS 306C Cardiovascular Clinical Sonography I 8
DMS 408 Advanced Doppler 1
LIB 220O Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3

Year II-Spring

DMS 316C Cardiovascular Clinical Sonography II 8
DMS 410 Critical Thinking in Sonography II 2
DMS 450 Transesophageal Echocardiography and Invasive Procedures 2

Year II-Summer

DMS 426C Cardiovascular Clinical Sonography III 8
DMS 441 Advanced Problem Solving in Echocardiography 2
LIB 512O Healthcare Ethics 3
DMS 443 Advanced Problem Solving in Vascular Sonography* 1

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