Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - 717

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
Through classroom, lab, simulation and clinical experience, apply knowledge and technical skills to deliver critical diagnostic cardiac images and data using sonographic technology.
Overview

Program Highlights

  • One-of-a-kind nationally recognized and accredited program (six-year accreditation).
  • Develop field and clinical skills as part of an interprofessional team in the Centre for Health Care Simulation lab.
  • Outcomes of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program meet the competencies outlined in the Sonography Canada National Competency profile (NCP). Visit Sonography Canada.
  • Learn about the functional requirements in the Additional Information tab.

What you'll learn

  • Develop theoretical and clinical competency in the field of cardiac sonography.
  • Apply sonographic physics principles of safety and quality assurance to ensure the proper use of ultrasound waves for cardiac imaging.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills while imaging complex cardiac anatomy and assessing hemodynamics.
  • Deliver safe and effective patient care and communication through best practice aligning with professional standards, code of ethics and legal requirements.

Program Length

54 weeks

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Ancillary Fees $670.02 $653.92 $533.92
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $101.00 $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,230.13 $2,230.13 $1,911.53
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,001.15 $2,884.05 $2,445.45
Total 1st Year Fees $8,330.65

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,805.47 $7,805.47 $7,805.47
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $101.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,356.47 $8,180.47 $8,180.47
Total 1st Year Fees $24,717.41

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Additional Information

Admission

This is a limited enrolment program. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Applicants must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • A Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • A graduate of a two-year registered health professions diploma program with six credit hours in Human Anatomy and Physiology, or equivalent, and six more health care-related credit hours (i.e., ethics, psychology, patient care, medical research, etc). Such health occupations include but are not limited to Medical Radiation Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, Registered Practical Nurse, Cardiovascular Technologist, Registered Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant
  • A graduate of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a registered health professions program with six credit hours in Human Anatomy and Physiology, or equivalent, and six more health care-related hours (i.e., ethics, psychology, patient care, medical research, etc). Such degrees include but are not limited to BSc Kinesiology, BA Kinesiology, BSc Nursing, Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences, MSc OT and MSc PT
  • Applicants that have not been active in their profession within the past 5 years are not eligible to apply to the program

Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit the following documents to Ontario Colleges:

  • A current résumé detailing duration and level of any patient care experience and names of courses and course codes requested under Admission Requirements section. Please use this resume template (downloads document, 40kb). Résumés must be mailed to Ontario Colleges.
  • An original transcript of all postsecondary education
  • A copy of current registration or license in your profession (not required for applicants who have not yet completed the 'Admission Requirements' that they are applying under)

Degrees from Countries other than Canada and the US:

  • "Course-by-course" Foreign Transcript Evaluation for Canadian Equivalency can be done through:
  • Applicants with landed immigrant status must submit a copy of permanent residence card.

Mandatory admission requirements for all applicants for whom English is a second language:

  • TOEFL iBT score, completed within 2 years of application, of 98 (with a minimum score of 24 in each of reading, listening and writing and 26 in speaking)
    OR
  • IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)

Applications without TOEFL or IELTS results will not be considered.

All required documents must be received by Ontario Colleges on or before February 15th. Applications completed between February 15 to 28 may be considered for a spot on the waiting list. Applications completed after February 28 may not be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • On-site laboratory experience using high-fidelity simulation and state-of-the-art sonography equipment.
  • Collaborate with students in interprofessional health care programs.
  • Participate in extensive clinical training with affiliated clinical agencies.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.

Clinical Placements

Clinical practice may be completed at a minimum of two clinical agencies that may be located throughout Ontario (e.g. Ottawa, Owen Sound). The Program will determine allocation of students to these sites. Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit or may require the student to relocate. Students must prepare financially and personally to relocate and/or commute to their assigned clinical placement. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical placements. Students may be required to attend clinical practice in a site that is not of their choosing.

Opportunities

Opportunities

Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS)
  • Canadian Registered Cardiac Sonographers (CRCS)
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS)
  • Clinical Application Specialist
  • Sonography Educator

Where you could work includes:

  • Community and Teaching Hospitals
  • Private Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres
  • Medical Ultrasound Equipment

Opportunities for grads

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Functional Demands

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography health professions are intellectually, emotionally and physically demanding. It is important that applicants become familiar with the profession(s) before entering the program so that they are able to function at an acceptable standard. Learn about the functional requirements and physical demands for Medical Sonographers: (NOC 3216).

Skills courses

All students will be required to act as simulated patients for their peers in skills course labs and during skills practice sessions.

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