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Hill College Echo

Program Summary

The Hill College Echocardiography Program is a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Echocardiography Technology. It prepares a student to enter the workforce as an echocardiography technician producing echocardiograms.

An echocardiogram is a painless, noninvasive procedure using ultrasound waves to create pictures and take measurements of the inside of a person’s heart.

The Hill College program is comprehensive through the teaching of scanning skills, pathophysiology, cardiovascular pharmacology and all the skills and knowledge necessary to become a registered cardiac sonographer.

The program also includes more than 900 hours of clinical work performed at hospitals and clinics.

Further program information can be found under the About tab below.



Associate of Applied Science
60 hours

Echocardiography Student Handbook

Program Cost

 Echocardiography Program Application

All Prospective students must complete the Echocardiography online application and supporting documents by the posted deadline date.

Applicaiton requirements

Program Location and deadline date
Program Location:  Cleburne.  
Next program entry:
Spring 2021
Application/document submission timeline:  June 1 - November 1, 2020

HESI testing

HESI testing deadline for completion:  
October 31, 2020
HESI test fee:  
HESI minimum passing:  Composite (Cumulative) 60%; Math 60%; Reading 65%

Professional Reference Form
Applicants must submit 2 professional references (Academic preferred)

As part of the application all students need to submit the following immunizations:

       2 MMR’s or positive serological titer
       2 Varicella injection series or positive serological titer
       3 HEP B injection series or positive serological titer
       Tetanus (within last 10 years)
       Tdap (once as an adult)
       Seasonal Influenza

CPR – American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider.  No other CPR card accepted.  No exceptions. 

Criminal Background requirement
Applicants need to complete the Verified Credentials background check by the posted deadline date using the following link: Program Code: BBKPC 26727

For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

AFTER selection the student will be required to submit a physical (on the Health and Community Services approved form) and a negative 2 step TB results. 

Candidates must be aware that clinical facilities may have other requirements than those listed above.

Cardiac Sonographer

Diagnostic cardiac sonographers (also known as an echocardiography technologist) use ultrasound machines, laptops and transducers to create images of the inside of patients' hearts. Additionally, they're responsible for maintaining all of the imaging equipment. Since this imaging is typically non-invasive, cardiac sonographers are one of the first health professionals patients see to determine the source of heart related issues.

Program Coordinator
Darla Whitehead, RCS,
(817) 760-5933

Program Accreditation

CAAHEP accreditation
Pass Rate on National Credentialing Exam
Year Pass Rate Retention Positive Placement
2016 100% 91% 90%
2017 100% 100% 89%
2018 100% 100% 90%
2019 *84% 95% 90%
 * COVID closures created testing difficulties for students.

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