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.

Program Highlights

  • Nationally recognized and accredited program (six-year accreditation).
  • You will 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.

Program length

54 weeks (4 semesters)

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

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Competitive Program

Late Release Program

Equal Consideration Fall:  February 1

Academic Requirements

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, 40kb). The résumés must be mailed to Ontario Colleges for submission.

Document Submission 

  • An official original transcript of all postsecondary education
  • Résumé
  • 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)

    Ontario Colleges Mailing Address:

    Ontario Colleges
    60 Corporate Court
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3

Spring 2022 Applicant Document Submission Timelines

For applications for the Spring 2022 start.  All required documents must be received by Ontario Colleges on or before Wednesday, January 12. Documentation received after January 12 will not be reviewed.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Fall 2022 Applicant Document Submission Timelines

For applications for the Fall 2022 start.  All required documents must be received by Ontario Colleges on or before Wednesday, 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)

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Tuition and Fees

2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $781.08 $712.05 $584.34
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $108.00 $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,007.11 $2,007.11 $1,720.37
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,896.19 $2,719.16 $2,304.71
Total 1st Year Fees $7,920.06

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,600.00 $8,600.00 $8,600.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $108.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $9,158.00 $8,975.00 $8,975.00
Total 1st Year Fees $27,108.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

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.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

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.

For more information regarding the 900 hour 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.)

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 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.

Career Opportunities

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

Opportunities for grads


Educational Pathways


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.

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 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.

Skills courses

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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