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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 Clearwater, 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 Bay 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 Bay 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).  In their review meeting of January 16, 2019, CAAHEP granted continuing accreditation to the NSU Cardiovascular Sonography program in both Adult Echocardiography and Noninvasive Vascular Study through the year 2024.  The Bachelor of Science - Cardiovascular Sonography Program at NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure and/or professional registration in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.

Program Quick Facts

Accreditation: CAAHEP accredited through 2024 in Adult Echocardiography & Noninvasive Vascular Study

Location: NSU's Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, located in the Tampa Bay Region in West-Central Florida.

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

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

Tuition: For the entering class of 2020-2021 annual tuition will be $22,000 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:

  • EITHER 3 credits of Human Anatomy I, or Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits Human Anatomy II, or Anatomy & Physiology II (with or without lab) 
  • OR  3 credits of Human Anatomy I, or Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits General Physics (with or without lab.)

Program Outcomes

Program Graduates, 3-year running statistics*:
First-time pass rate ARDMS SPI (Sonography Principles & Instrumentation) exam = 96%
ARDMS RVT (Registered Vascular Technologist) exam = 83%
ARDMS RDCS - AE (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer - Adult Echocardiography) exam = 93%
Employment rate = 91%
Continuing education = 0%
Continuing/returning to Military Service = 0%
Retention rate = 77%


 *Data is for the graduating classes of 2017, 2018, & 2019 

Application Questions

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

Program Questions

Phone: (813) 574-5371

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