The Echocardiography Certificate Program begins once a year and is a two-semester continuous program which requires online attendance, evening or Saturday didactic lab attendance, and clinical attendance. All prospective students are required to meet the admission criteria. This course is offered to graduates of a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program who are interested in advanced training in echocardiography. In addition, all applicants should be free of illegal drug use, have no felony convictions, and be clear of any misdemeanor convictions other than minor traffic violations. For more information about the application procedures please call (817) 598-6217. Applications for admission will be accepted beginning the first business day in December through the last business day of February each year for the Echocardiograpy Certificate Program.
- Submit Weatherford College application, official transcripts and/or certification, and evidence of Texas Success Initiative or completion to the Office of Student Services
- Complete first Hepatitis B shot, if applicable
- Submit Allied Health Application to Allied Health Office, Office C with the following:
- Official transcripts and/or copy of Certification and Degree or Certificate of Training in Sonography
- Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine (three dose series), proof of positive titer, or Dept. of State Health Services waiver. This is a 4 –6 month process and must be completed prior to the Fall semester.
Failure to meet application requirements will result in denial of application.
Once selected for admission to the program, the student must complete the following prior to the clinical portion of the program:
- Complete a criminal background check
- Obtain a TB screen test, a 10 panel urine drug screen, various titers and immunizations, completion of Hepatitis B series, and a back/spine screen
- Submit proof of major medical health insurance
- Obtain current AHA Health Care Provider CPR-valid through 2 years.
- Information and specifics on obtaining the above criteria will be available to the student upon acceptance to the program. Start-up costs for immunizations, titers, urine drug screen, CPR, back/spine screen, and health insurance varies but could run as much as $400. Criminal history/background check is $20.00.
English Proficiency Requirements
Before being accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program an applicant who's native language is not English, must submit an acceptable score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with application. Additional information may be obtained from the Allied Health Department. “A native language is a language that is acquired naturally during childhood & is usually spoken at home, as opposed to a language that is learned later in life, for example, as a part of a person's formal education.”