CFCC to start new cardiovascular sonography program

July 22nd, 2014 by admin

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Cape Fear Community College has just been approved to offer a new health care training program starting this fall. This one-year program is called cardiovascular sonography and will prepare students to become certified in echocardiography.

The program is expected to be a good fit for local health care employers and students and will add to the growing list of job training programs offered at the college. According to CFCC’s lead sonography instructor Kellee Stacks, the college chose to develop the program based on input from various health care providers in our region and employment data from national sources.

Stacks said that the need for more qualified echocardiographers is being driven in a major way by the growth of the aging population, which typically requires increased medical services of all types.

She added that the program will allow graduates of the college’s existing general sonography program to specialize in echocardiography, which will help them become more marketable to employers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations in sonography are among the fastest growing jobs, with a projected 39% increase between 2012 and 2022.

An echocardiographer is a trained technologist who employs sonogram technology to provide diagnostic imaging of the heart. Using waves of sound via a transducer. Technologists gather information about the heart’s structure, function, pressures and rhythm. Work involves close contact with cardiologists or echocardiologists, who view initial findings of the echocardiographer and diagnose or suggest treatment to patients afterwards.

The deadline to apply for the program is July 28. Classes start on August 15.

Classes will be held at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington Campus in the Union Station building. Please visit for additional details. Contact Pam Aubry at 910-362-7558 or Kellee Stacks at or 910-362-7482.