HDMC Announces New Cardiac Sonography AAS Degree Program

High Desert Medical College (HDMC) has announced a new Cardiac Sonography Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program. The new Cardiac Sonography AAS program will be offered at all three HDMC campus locations: Lancaster, Bakersfield, and Temecula, California, beginning 3/17/22 (morning/afternoon classes) and 3/29/22 (evening classes).

High Desert Medical College (HDMC) has announced a new Cardiac Sonography Associate of Applied Science program, beginning 3/17/22 for morning/afternoon classes and 3/29/22 for evening classes at all three HDMC locations: Lancaster, Bakersfield, and Temecula, California. The new Cardiac Sonography AAS degree program will add to HDMC’s profile of programs that cater to students motivated to enter the healthcare field.


Dr. Ragheb Milad, Chief Academic Officer at HIgh Desert Medical College announced the new program, saying, “High Desert Medical College is proud to offer our communities the new Cardiac Sonography AAS program and extend our catalog of career training. This exciting expansion provides our students and future students with even more exceptional opportunities to start on their path to purpose in their chosen healthcare field.”


HDMC’s new Cardiac Sonography AAS program is designed to prepare graduates for employment as Cardiac Sonographers. The Cardiac Sonographer plays a key role in today’s modern diagnosis and treatment team of Cardiac disorders. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increasing growth in this field as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiological procedures. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm), overall employment of cardiovascular technicians is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.


HDMC’s Cardiac Sonography AAS program prepares students to enter the field through a combination of classroom theory, lab procedures, an externship, and online learning for general education requirements. The Cardiac Sonography AAS degree program is offered in a hybrid format. General Education and introductory courses take place primarily online, using Interactive Distance Learning (IDL). The core Cardiac Sonography principles and subjects are taught in a hybrid format, with theory conducted online and labs held on campus for hands-on skills building under the supervision of professional instructional staff. Cardiac Sonography AAS courses Include Intro to Ultrasound Physics, Medical Terminology, Law & Ethics, Pharmacology, Patient Care & EKG, Cardiac Sonography, and General Education courses.


The Cardiac Sonography AAS degree program is achievable in 115 weeks (morning / afternoon classes) or 130 weeks (evening classes). The program also includes 900 clinical externship hours, enabling students to build real-world experience. Graduates of the program will receive their Associate of Applied Science, Cardiac Sonography degree, and will be prepared to pursue positions in imaging centers, physician’s offices, clinics, mobile units, and hospitals that do not require a certification to be employed.


High Desert Medical College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. HDMC is also licensed by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), demonstrating HDMC is in compliance with the state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, Ed. Code §94897. Accreditation and approval is recognition that HDMC maintains a level of educational standards.


High Desert Medical College offers hybrid, hands-on, and online classes to train students for healthcare careers in a short amount of time. Real world training from industry professional faculty prepares students for success in their chosen healthcare careers upon graduation. To learn more about the new Cardiac Sonography Associate of Applied Science program at HDMC, please visit the program page. To learn more about High Desert Medical College, visit the website at https://www.hdmc.edu/.

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