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Echocardiography Degree

Learn how to use ultrasound to be a part of a life-saving medical team, imaging and analyzing the structure and hemodynamics of the heart.

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Students learn on the same equipment they could find in hospitals, such as 25 brand new Mindray ultrasound machines in 2017.

What you will learn:

When you obtain an Oregon Tech degree in Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) you will be prepared to use the extensive skills learned to obtain ultrasound images of the heart for diagnosis of cardiac related issues in adults and children.

Oregon Tech maintains high-performance ultrasound machines to ensure that students are learning on the same equipment they will come across within their careers. While many schools use second-hand systems, partnerships with medical technology suppliers allow Oregon Tech to provide equipment that matches that found in the best healthcare settings. These machines are located in on-campus labs to provide students with on-site training and additional availability for practice.

With the combined technical and communication skills taught at Oregon Tech in this exciting field, graduates have had a 99% pass rate on the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certification board exams for the past 10 years.

“Unquestionably, our source for the best educated and trained Sonographers, and highest caliber people, is OIT.”

Peter Schork
President of Medical Testing NOW

Oregon Tech offers:

  • Only Bachelor of Science in Echocardiography offered in Oregon
  • Full time clinical practice during student’s senior year
  • Extensive hands-on training utilizing all new ultrasound machines
  • Low student-faculty ratio means high engagement in hands-on imaging/learning opportunities 


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) qualify students for applying for awards and travel grants through the professional organizations (ASE – American Society of Echocardiography, WVSE – Willamette Valley Society of Echocardiography).

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Echocardiography


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Frequently Asked Questions

For Questions, Contact

Tara Guthrie

Tara Guthrie, Assistant Professor, Program Director of Echocardiography

 DOW E206
Barry Canaday

Barry Canaday, Associate Professor

 DOW E208


Oregon Tech gives students the highest quality experiences, supervision, education and industry practice to be competitive in the in-demand field of medical imaging. Oregon Tech graduates have excellent opportunities for employment in hospitals, clinics, private practice and state and federal agencies. By 2024 this field is expected to employ 24% more people than currently in the workforce, which is much faster than average growth. (bls.gov, June 2017)

Student externship locations:

  • Oregon
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Washington
  • Nevada
  • Illinois
  • Montana
  • Texas

Graduates' top employers:

  • Providence System Hospitals
  • OHSU
  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics
  • Salem Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital
  • St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
  • Medical Testing NOW

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2017-2019

Employed: 90%
Continuing Education: 6%
Success Rate: 96%
Starting Median Salary: $60,000
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Echocardiography is a degree within the Medical Imaging Technology (MIT) department. Each degree under MIT requires prerequisite courses before admittance into the degree program. During this time, students are listed as Pre-Medical Imaging Technology (Pre-MIT) students. Admittance to the Oregon Tech Pre-MIT Program does not mean the student has been accepted into a specific MIT program. After the prerequisites are finished, students can apply for the program.

Echo Core curriculum includes:

  • Full-year freshman/sophomore classes with labs in General Chemistry and Echocardiography that are foundations for everything else.
  • General math to increase your quantitative skills.
  • Classes in communication and humanities to complement your scientific education.
  • Classes in social sciences including psychology and healthcare that are increasingly needed to understand the needs of today’s diverse populations.
  • Full-year, upper-division classes in Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, including hands-on training with an electrocardiogram machine, and in Pathophysiology to understand dynamic aspects of the disease process.
  • Full-year, upper-division classes in Echocardiography.