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B.S. in Cardiovascular Sonography

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography of NSU's College of Health Care Sciences is a Tampa, Florida based undergraduate degree program. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level career positions in the field of Cardiovascular Sonography. Students receive education as a combined curriculum in two of the most sought-after specialties of diagnostic medical ultrasound: adult echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) and vascular sonography, (non-invasive vascular technology). 

Graduates of the NSU Tampa Cardiovascular Sonography Program are eligible to apply for both the Adult Echocardiography and the non-invasive Vascular Technology professional registry exams offered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), and/or the corresponding credentials offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

The Cardiovascular Sonography program at NSU Tampa is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Program Quick Facts

Location: NSU's Tampa Bay Regional Campus in West-Central Florida.

Class size and start: Admissions are limited to 24 students. Classes begin every May.

Program Length: 27 months; 15 months didactic and 12 months clinical externship.

Tuition: For the entering class of 2018-2019 annual tuition will be $21,500 for the BS-CVS program; any subsequent changes will be posted.

Prerequisites (total 30 credit hours)
Arts & Humanities 6
Mathematics (at or above MATH 1040) 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
Written Composition (at or above COMP1500) 6
Science* 6

* Program-specific Science requirements are for 3 credits of Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits general Physics (with or without lab.)

Program Outcomes

All CVS Program Students to-date*:
First-time ARDMS SPI examination pass rate = 92%

CVS Program Graduates, 3-year running statistics**:
    Passed either ARDMS RVT or RDCS registry =
    Passed both ARDMS RVT and RDCS registries = 15%
    Employment rate = 89%
    Continuing education =
    Military service =
    Retention rate = 87%

*Data is for all six class cadres to-date
**Data is for the graduating classes of 2015, 2016, & 2017 

Application Questions

Anastasia Russell
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: (800) 338-4723
Direct: (954) 262-7539

Program Questions

Francine Leonard
Program Academic Coordinator
Phone: (813) 574-5370

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