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 from both the Rochester and Scottsdale campuses and are made available to all students 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.

You 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 program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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

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Affiliated institutions

If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree, you must be enrolled at one of these affiliated academic institutions.

If you choose to attend UMR, you will complete the Echocardiography Program at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus. Students attending other affiliates may complete the program at either the Arizona or Minnesota campus.


Minnesota campus

Mayo Clinic's campus in 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. The Phoenix campus includes 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."

Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, 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 pharmacological, supine bike and exercise stress echocardiograms, pre- and post-heart transplant evaluations, CRT studies, and CIMT assessment.

The lab administers approximately 132 exams a day and is staffed with 13 echocardiologists, 23 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

After successfully completing this program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. If you are enrolled in an affiliated bachelor's degree program, you will receive that bachelor's degree when you graduate from your college or university.

Graduates are also eligible to take the credentialing exams. You 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.


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

Class size

The Echocardiography Program admits a total of up to 14 students between Mayo Clinic's Minnesota and Arizona campuses. Therefore, class sizes and clinical groups are small, and one-on-one instruction is provided.

Feb. 23, 2018