Program description


Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a 21-month Echocardiography Program at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

Academic lectures originate primarily from the Rochester campus and are made available to students in Arizona using interactive video-enabled classrooms. This system goes beyond traditional distance education and allows live face-to-face collaboration between students and faculty.

The Echocardiography Program offers an exceptional educational experience by providing the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a competent entry-level cardiac sonographer in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect.

Students have an opportunity to train or observe in congenital echocardiography and stress echocardiography. Mayo Clinic's large, diverse patient population provides experience with a broad range of cardiac problems.

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The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.


The Echocardiography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Affiliated institutions

For students attending the Rochester campus, this program is also offered as a collaborative bachelor's degree with the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) Bachelor of Science in Health Professions Echocardiography Degree Program. Students may also pursue a Bachelor of Science with a biology pre-echocardiography major from St. Mary's University of Minnesota or a Bachelor of Science in pre-health professions from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.


Minnesota campus

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Education for this program is conducted primarily at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, a 1,265-bed facility that was founded in 1889. Within Saint Marys is the 85-bed Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital.

The Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota, one of the largest echocardiography laboratories in the world, features state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic, educational and research facilities.

More than 30 full-feature scanning stations are located throughout the Mayo Clinic complex. Approximately 90 cardiac sonographers perform more than 250 echocardiographic procedures each day. The Echocardiography Laboratory is also active in clinical research and education.

Arizona campus

Students on the Arizona campus are required to spend a week on the Rochester campus attending various labs and courses near the beginning of the program.

Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

The Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Laboratory in Arizona is one of the most progressive laboratories in the Southwest. By offering advanced echocardiographic analysis, 4-D technology, and comprehensive and detailed testing, the lab is on the cutting edge. The lab performs transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, including pre- and post-heart transplant evaluations, CRT studies, and CIMT assessment.

Pharmacological, supine bike and exercise stress echocardiograms also are performed. The lab administers approximately 70 exams a day and is staffed with nine echocardiologists, 13 cardiac sonographers, two advanced clinical sonographers and three support staff. The lab is active in clinical research and education and is a clinical site for the Echocardiography Program.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Those completing the collaborative bachelor's degree with UMR also receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degree. Those completing a bachelor's degree affiliation with St. Mary's University of Minnesota also receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology pre-echocardiography. Those completing a bachelor's degree affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls also receive a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-health professions.

Graduates are also eligible to take the credentialing exams. Students may take the registry exams offered through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography to become credentialed as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS), or the registry exam through the Cardiovascular Credentialing International to become credentialed as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS). The exams are an additional expense to the student, not included in the tuition.


The Echocardiography Program is a full-time (40 hours a week) program. Your learning schedule includes eight-hour days five days a week.

Class size

The Echocardiography Program admits up to 14 students total between the Rochester, Minnesota, campus and the Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, campus. Therefore, class sizes and clinical groups are small, and one-on-one instruction is provided.

Feb. 01, 2017