Curriculum

The curriculum is identical for all students, whether enrolled in the certificate program or the bachelor's degree option and regardless of the campus location. Students at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, participate in all didactic courses via ITV with Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

The challenging, high-quality curriculum for the program is designed with courses in a specific sequence, progressively building expertise as students advance through the program. Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical rotations to optimize the learning experience.

Course sequence

There are a total of 66 credits in the program.

Fall semester — total of 14 credits

Number Course Credits
HP 3021 Patient Care Techniques 1
ECHO 3011 Foundations of Echocardiography (with lab) 4
ECHO 3301 Clinical Practicum I (with lab) 9

Spring semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
ECHO 3202 Adult Echocardiography 6
ECHO 3302 Clinical Practicum II (with lab) 7

Summer semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
ECHO 3403 Echocardiographic Application 3
ECHO 3503 Stress Echocardiography 2
ECHO 4460 Special Procedures 2
ECHO 4303 Clinical Practicum III (with lab) 6

Fall semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
ECHO 4111 Ultrasound Physics I 2
ECHO 4211 Congenital Heart Disease I 3
ECHO 4401 Clinical Practicum IV 8

Spring semester — total of 13 credits

Number Course Credits
ECHO 4112 Ultrasound Physics II 2
ECHO 4501 Research Project and Publication I 1
ECHO 4540 Professional Growth and Development 1
ECHO 4402 Clinical Practicum V 9

Clinical rotations

During clinical rotations in echocardiography, students gain experience in Mayo Clinic's echocardiography laboratories, focusing on cardiovascular hemodynamics. During all of the clinical rotations, students work under the supervision of highly qualified cardiologists, cardiac sonographers and registered nurses.

Students in the Echocardiography Program have the opportunity to observe or train in the specialty areas of congenital echocardiography, stress, strain and 3-D echocardiography. Students also participate in the Mayo Clinic echocardiography outreach program to experience the unique patient referral base of various outreach sites.

Grading or evaluation

Academic and clinical coursework is graded on a 4.0 scale. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Feb. 08, 2017