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Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography — Echocardiography Fast Track

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

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 adult echocardiography and congenital heart disease. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for your new career assisting physicians in the accurate detection and diagnosis of medical conditions.

During the accelerated time frame of 16 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious New England area 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 board exams through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) as well as the Cardiac Credentialing International exam (CCI). And you’ll be fully prepared to become a leader in healthcare.

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

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship with their application. We have a rolling admission process, and the sooner you submit your application, the more favorably you will be considered both for admission and scholarship.

Admission Requirements

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 students with a Bachelor's Degree:

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

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

  • General Chemistry II with lab (8 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)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • General Electives (6 credits)

Prerequisite courses may be transferred in or completed at MCPHS prior to entering professional DMS courses. Up to six (6) credit hours of general electives may be taken concurrently with professional DMS courses.

Official exam results from CLEP examinations can be used for up to 18 credits of prerequisite requirements.

For admission to the program an applicant must submit:

  • MCPHS application
  • All official college transcripts
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • 60+ credits of transferable college level course work

Year I Fall

DMS 200 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Sonography** 2
DMS 208 Sonographic Physics and Instruments I** 3
DMS 225 Echocardiography I
DMS 225L Echocardiography Lab I


Year I Spring 

DMS 218 Sonographic Physics and Instruments II** 3
DMS 260 Echocardiography and Congenital Heart Disease 3
DMS 265 Echocardiography II 3
DMS 266L Echocardiography Lab II 4

Year I Summer 

DMS 350C Echocardiography Internship I 8
DMS 304 Problem Solving in Physics and Instruments** 3
DMS 355 Advanced Echocardiography 3


Year II Fall

DMS 455C Echocardiography Internship II 10
DMS 460O Seminar in Sonography 2
DMS 452O Sonographic Analysis (Online) 3


Total credits to complete degree program 


**Indicates distance education between the Worcester and Boston campuses.

*Additional 6 elective credits if needed brings total to 62 credits. If elective courses are needed, students may choose from the following:

HSC 3100 Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320 Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
HSC 325 Healthcare Management 3
DHY 425 Educational Theories and Methods 3
HSC 4100 Research Analysis and Methods 3
HSC 427O
Teaching in Clinical Setting 3

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

Worcester Echocardiography Program Outcomes

Class of 2019

  • Start Date: Fall 2018
  • Students Enrolled: 14
  • Retention Rate: 71.42% (10/14)
  • Graduation Rate: 100% (10/10)
  • Registry Exam Pass Rate: 100% (10/10)
  • Job Placement Rate: 100% (10/10)

Class of 2020

  • Program outcomes were not reported due to a delay in graduation from COVID-19. Two cohorts graduated in 2021. See below.

Class of 2021 (May Graduation)*

  • Start Date: Fall 2019
  • Students Enrolled: 14
  • Retention Rate: 92.85% (13/14)
  • Graduation Rate: 92.31% (12/13)
  • Registry Exam Pass Rate: 72.72% (8/11)
  • Job Placement Rate: 100% (12/12)

*Class of 2020 moved to 2021

Class of 2021

  • Start Date: Fall 2020
  • Students Enrolled (Start): 13
  • Retention Rate: 92.85% (13/14)
  • Graduation Rate: TBD
  • Registry Exam Pass Rate: TBD
  • Positive Placement Rate: TBD

Class of 2022

  • Start Date: Fall 2021
  • Students Enrolled (Start): 12
  • Students in Progress: 12*
  • Retention Rate: 100% (12/12)
  • Graduation Rate: TBD
  • Registry Exam pass Rate: TBD
  • Positive Placement Rate: TBD

*As of 11/3/2021


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