Our Program
Middle Tennessee Cardiovascular Institute utilizes a curriculum that prepares students for a career in cardiac sonography by applying the experience, knowledge and general skills of accomplished sonographers, educators, and advisors. MTCVI faculty and staff are committed to the success of students by adopting a dual learning curriculum with didactic instruction and clinical experience.

Middle Tennessee Cardiovascular Institute offers a thirteen (13) month Program that consists of 35 hours per week for 45 weeks resulting in a total of 1,110 clock hours and is scheduled to officially begin July 9, 2018.The Program excluding holidays, 10 excused student absences, and breaks will span across approximately 13 months. This allows for students to complete required clinical hours for Program completion and for students to obtain registry status within the 13th month. The Program is designed to aid students in mastering Cardiac Sonography. MTCVI teaches students with dual learning through hands-on classroom instruction and clinical training. Time on-campus is spent in the classroom with powerpoint lectures and professional ultrasound equipment learning quality, diagnostic echocardiology alongside our experienced Instructors. Students will also utilize MTCVI Clinical Affiliates to gain experience in clinical settings and patient scanning. Middle Tennessee Cardiovascular Institute Adult Echocardiography Program is held on campus. The clinical portion of the Program is held off campus. Details on location can be found in “Clinical Affiliates.”

Middle Tennessee Cardiovascular Institute faculty and staff are committed to preparing quality and professional cardiac sonographers that will be successful in passing their Registry Exam for Certification, and thrive in an entry level position in Adult Echocardiography. The MTCVI curriculum allows students to have guided, hands-on training in patient care, anatomy, physiology, pathology, scanning, and all necessary career skills.


Middle Tennessee Cardiovascular Institute
Adult Echocardiography Program (13 Months)


Course #

Course Name

Didactic Clock Hours

Clinical Clock Hours


ECH 210

Basics in Echocardiography




ECH 220

Basic Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology




ECH 230

Intro to Echocardiography Techniques




ECH 250

Physics and Instrumentation I




ECH 240C

Clinical Education I




ECH 211

Advanced Echocardiography




ECH 231

Advanced Echocardiography Techniques




ECH 241C

Clinical Education II




ECH 251

Physics and Instrumentation II




ECH 242C

Clinical Education III




ECH 260

Registry Exam Review





Program Hour Totals








* Denotes Lab activity hours are included in didactic portion of clock hours

Certificate of Completion
After completing the program, graduating students will receive a certificate. This document verifies the successful completion of academic and clinical aspects of the Program at MTCVI. All didactic and clinical hours, academic coursework, and scanning tests must be completed and deemed satisfactory before a student can apply for graduation.

MTCVI graduates that complete 1,110 clock hours in classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction in the Adult Echocardiography Program will be eligible and encouraged to take the national certification examinations. Although credentialing is not required for employment, it is highly recommended and encouraged for students to meet a majority of employer requirements. Students qualify for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

The ARDMS offers a Registered DIagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential with an Adult Echocardiography (AE) speciality. This organization registers all ultrasound sonographers. At the completion of the MTCVI Program, students will be qualified to take the ARDMS RDCS exams under Prerequisite 1 or Prerequisite 3A. Students must pass the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) examination first and then the Adult Echocardiography (AE) examination to complete credentialing. The SPI examination fee is $200, this includes a $100 non-refundable processing fee. The AE examination fee is $250, this include a $100 non-refundable processing fee. For more information on the exam, students can contact Middle Tennessee Cardiovascular Institute or visit www.ardms.com.

The CCI offers a credentialing examination for Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS). The examination is for professionals working in the area of Non-Invasive Echocardiography and requires a speciality examination fee of $350. Graduating students will qualify for these exams following completion of the Program Prerequisite of RC S5. Students can find more information at www.cci-online.org.