The Community Regional Medical Center Advanced Cardiac Sonography Program is a hybrid program designed for working adults. It was developed to create a career track for sonographers who practice at an advanced level in the echocardiography laboratory. The program’s goal is to provide a formal educational pathway to create opportunities for clinical and administrative advancement of the echocardiographer in their respective echocardiographic laboratories.
This educational program prepares graduates who are committed to improving lab quality and efficiency through preparing preliminary echocardiogram assessments, performing advanced echocardiograms, mentoring fellows, students, residents, and staff, developing and implementing educational plans, facilitating continuous quality improvement, and coordinating cardiac ultrasound research.
The didactic portion of the 18 month program is delivered online with minimal SKYPE instruction. There are only six total weeks (240 hours) of required onsite clinical internship. Three separate weeks synchronous (with other students,) and three asynchronous weeks scheduled and arranged between the faculty and student.
At Community Regional we also offer one of California’s few hospital-based Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs. We're affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School. Community Regional is accredited by The Joint Commission and holds an Intersocietal Accreditation Commission echocardiography laboratory accreditation in adult, pediatric, and fetal echocardiography.
Joy Guthrie, PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF-Fresno
Teresa Daniele, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
For detailed program information on the Community Medical Center's Advanced Cardiac Sonography Program, use these links:
2016 School Performance Fact Sheet
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2016 B.P.P.E. Annual Report
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