Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - 717
- Nationally recognized and accredited program through Accreditation Canada EQUAL™.
- Develop field and clinical skills as part of an inter-professional 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).
- The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program at Mohawk College is a College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) approved educational program. Upon successful completion of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program and registration with Sonography Canada, graduates are eligible to register with the CMRITO.
- Learn about the functional requirements of the profession in the Additional Information tab.
What you will 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.
54 weeks (4 semesters)
This is a fast-track program to be completed in 15 months of continuous study. The program includes 2 semesters of didactic courses and labs, followed by 2 semesters of clinical placements.
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
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Equal Consideration Fall: February 1
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).
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).
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.
Mandatory Additional Selection Criteria
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, 23kb). The résumés must be sent to Ontario Colleges for submission.
- An official original transcript of all postsecondary education
- Request of transcripts are to be made via Ontario Colleges
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)
Résumé and professional registrations and licenses can be submitted directly to Ontario Colleges. Please see more information on submitting your documents
Spring Applicant Document Submission Timelines
For applications for the Spring start, all required documents must be received by Ontario Colleges on or before January 31. Documentation received after January 31 will not be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Fall Applicant Document Submission Timelines
For applications for the Fall start, all required documents must be received by Ontario Colleges on or before February 16. Documentation received after February 16 will not be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Mandatory admission requirements for all applicants for whom English is a second language:
*applications without TOEFL/IELTS results will not be scored
- 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)
- IELTS score of 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)
Tuition and Fees
2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$796.51||$727.48||$599.77|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$108.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2911.62||$2734.59||$2320.14|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$7966.35|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,770.00||$8,770.00||$8,770.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$108.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00||$375.00|
|Total International Per Semester||$9,328.00||$9,145.00||$9,145.0000|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$27,618.00|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you'll gain skills
- On-site laboratory experience using high-fidelity simulation and state-of-the-art sonography equipment.
- Through practical, hands-on laboratory experience using state-of-the-art equipment.
- Participate in extensive unpaid clinical placements with affiliated clinical agencies.
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 can be found on MyMohawk once accepted into the program. Please check the Preplacement Services on MyMohawk for details regarding deadlines.
To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offense 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 practice may be completed at a minimum of two clinical agencies that may be located throughout Ontario (e.g. Ottawa, Owen Sound, Windsor). The Program will determine the 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.
For more information regarding the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography clinical placement, please contact christine.portwood [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Clinical%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Christine%2C%0A%0A) (the clinical placement specialist).
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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.
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 and Software Application companies
- Medical Research
Opportunities for grads
- Sonography Canada certification examination. Graduates must also register with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) to be eligible to work in Ontario.
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
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 to be able to function at an acceptable standard. Learn about the functional requirements and physical demands for Medical Sonographers (NOC 3216).
Learn about the profession and role of a sonographer at Sonography Canada.
You may be required to act as simulated patients for your peers in skills course labs and during skills practice sessions.
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