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College for Women | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Interested in playing a key role in the diagnosis and care of patients with heart diseases? Consider a rewarding and satisfying career as a cardiac sonographer. The echocardiography degree program at St. Catherine University focuses on utilizing specialized equipment to assess the anatomy and function of the human heart, compassionately interacting with patients throughout the diagnosis process.

Program Details

Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.

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Gain Lab and Clinical Experiences

Through a combination of lectures, labs, and clinical practical experiences, St. Kate’s echocardiography program will prepare you to start a rewarding career in the field of sonography. You will use advanced ultrasound imaging equipment to evaluate the human heart, perform patient assessments, analyze patient data, and use independent judgment and innovative problem-solving methods to produce high-quality diagnostic information and optimize patient care.

Clinical experiences are an important part of our echocardiography degree at St. Kate’s. The University collaborates with over 900 medical partners in the Twin Cities and out-of-state locations, including Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, M Health Fairview-University of Minnesota Medical Center, and Hennepin County Medical Center. These partnerships allow you to work alongside experts in the field and practice sonography in a wide range of medical settings.

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Career Opportunities

Backed by St. Kate’s reputation in the profession, with more than 100 years of experience in the healthcare field, you'll be prepared to be valued members of healthcare teams in a variety of settings, including

  • Hospitals and health clinics
  • Medical centers and medical service companies
  • Clinical research laboratories
  • Healthcare education
  • Biomedical industry

Upon completion of the program, our graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Echocardiology and are eligible to take the national registry exams in sonography principles and instrumentation (SPI) and Adult Echocardiography.


St. Catherine University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS).

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