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Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography (DCVS)

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All concentrations offered by the DCVS Program at ACC including Adult Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography are officially accredited by CAAHEP.

Program Description

Sonography is the use of high-frequency sound waves, also known as ultrasound, to observe the internal world of the human body. ACC offers a two year program which prepares individuals for a health career in either Adult Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography, and Vascular Sonography which are branches of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Upon graduation, students will possess the skills necessary to perform ultrasound and related diagnostic exams of the heart or blood vessels.

The Advanced Technical Certificate program is a condensed version of the A.A.S. option available to students that already have a degree in an allied healthcare related field.

Graduates of these programs may also earn their credentials by taking the national registry exam offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Both programs are accredited through the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) which is under the umbrella of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

DCVS Program Goals

There are three (3) important goals of Alvin Community College DCVS program which define minimum expectations in concordance with the JRC- DMS:

  • To prepare competent entry-level adult cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 
  • To prepare competent entry-level pediatric cardiac sonographers in the cognitive  knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 
  • To prepare competent entry-level vascular sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Learn More About the DCVS Program:

DCVS Curriculum Guide Adult Echocardiography Curriculum Guide
Vascular Technology Curriculum Guide
Pediatric Echocardiography Curriculum Guide

 Program InformationAdobe PDF

Curriculum OutlineAdobe PDF


For more information, call 281-756-5625 or email - Fall 2017


CAAHEP Communique'

Career Opportunities

Sonographers typically work in hospitals, but they may also work in physician offices, diagnostic centers, ultrasound equipment vendors as sales or application specialists, mobile services, and contract agencies. Career opportunities in the Houston-Galveston area and nationally remain strong. Recruiters contact ACC regularly about qualified graduates to fill job openings. Starting salary for a new graduate is generally around $55,000. Median salary for all Sonographers $34.00/hr or $62,540 annually.


Associate of Applied Science Degree
DCVS – Adult Echocardiography............65 credit hours
DCVS – Vascular Sonography....................65 credit hours
DCVS – Pediatric Echocardiography......65 credit hours

Advanced Technical Certificate – Allied Healthcare Providers
DCVS – Adult Echocardiography ..................37 credit hours
DCVS – Vascular Sonography..........................37 credit hours
DCVS – Pediatric Echocardiography.............23 credit hours

Program Investment

The Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Associate Degree program current cost breakdown is listed above. This amount is based on a pre-set curriculum sequence and in-district tuition. It includes tuition, fees, textbooks, scrubs, supplies, seminars, parking at clinical sites and malpractice insurance.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

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Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road • Alvin, TX 77511

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DCVS Deadlines

  • The AAS application deadline is February 15th every year.
  • The ATC application deadline is October 15th every year.