Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography — Certificate

The cardiac RDCS certificate is a 12-month curriculum leading to proficiency in diagnostic imaging of cardiac function and disease processes. Graduates are eligible to take the adult Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (RDCS) board examination. 

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

Fulfill one of the following four requirements:

  • Hold an ARRT-registered radiologic technologist certification
  • Have graduated from an accredited allied health program, including nursing (two years minimum training), licensed vocational nurse, or registered nurse
  • Hold an associate degree (science preferred not required)
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (science preferred not required)

and must have completed credits in the following:*

  • Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete two-semester sequence
  • College algebra
  • Medical terminology
  • Introduction to physics
  • Patient-care methods (will be completed at LLU after being accepted into the program) OR complete a Certified Nursing Assistant course, approved by the Program Director
RELE 457Christian Ethics and Health Care2
RTMS 339Echocardiography I4
RTMS 347Echocardiography II4
RTMS 379Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation I2
RTMS 384Topics in Medical Sonography1
RTMS 385Board Review Echocardiography2
RTMS 387Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation II2
RTMS 965Cardiac Ultrasound Clinical Affiliation8
RTMS 966Cardiac Ultrasound Clinical Affiliation8
RTMS 967Cardiac Ultrasound Clinical Affiliation8
RTMS 968Cardiac Ultrasound Clinical Affiliation8
Total Units49

Normal time to complete the program

47 weeks (four [4] academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required