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  • Do you have a catalog with all the details of the program?
    Yes, you can download the full catalog here.
  • What are the prerequisites for the Arizona Heart Foundation School of Ultrasound Program?
    You must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
  • How long does the program take to complete? What are the start dates for each program?
    The Arizona Heart Foundation School of Ultrasound offers two ultrasound programs. Both of our ultrasound programs are 12-months long. The AHF Cardiac Ultrasound Program starts every January (two day slots offered: Day 7am-2pm or Evening 1pm-7:30pm), April, July, and October. The AHF Vascular Ultrasound Program starts every January and July. Please see individual program pages for next start dates.
  • What is the average class size?
    Our average class size is 18-22 students, with the except of the Cardiac Night Program which limits its class size to 10 – 12 students.
  • What are the hours? How many hours per week am I in class?
    Classroom sessions and clinical rotations average 35-40 hours per week. Hours vary, but typically the Cardiac and Vascular day time programs run 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM Monday-Friday, while the Cardiac Night Program runs 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM Monday – Friday. When your clinical rotation begins, the schedule is built around 8-10 hour clinical days and start times can vary based on your assigned facility; however, almost all clinical rotations (including those for the Cardiac Night Program) happen between 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
  • How many clinical hours are needed to complete the course?
    Every student is required to complete a minimum of 800 clinic hours to be eligible to sit for their appropriate registry.
  • Where are the clinical sites?
    We are proud to offer clinical rotations at hospitals, acute care facilities and outpatient facilities throughout the Continental U.S.; however, given that we are located in Arizona, and that the majority of our students are from the greater Phoenix and Tucson area, our main focus is on obtaining clinical sites in the greater Phoenix area and the state of Arizona. Sites can vary from year to year.
  • Am I assured a clinical site in the greater Phoenix or Tucson areas?
    While we try to accommodate all Phoenix area students with a clinical site in the greater Phoenix area and Tucson area students with a clinical site in the greater Tucson area, there are only so many clinical sites available every rotation; so, students must be prepared to go wherever they are assigned within the Continental U.S. to complete their clinical rotation.
  • What is your job placement rate?
    We historically place over 90% of our students!
  • Will you help me find a job in the sonography field after I graduate?
    We work with all graduates to help them secure a job in the sonography field by posting job listings, networking and helping to construct resumes showcasing applicable skills.
  • After passing my Boards, will I be qualified to work at any hospital nationwide? Do I need to complete any other degrees to work as a sonographer?
    One of the main objectives of either program is to prepare our students to pass their boards with CCI which, once obtained, will be all that's required to work nationwide. The cost of the exam is included with your tuition; but if you do not pass the first time, you will be financially responsible for any subsequent attempts. You have one year from your job hire date to become a Registered Cardiac or Vascular Sonographer.
  • What are the credentialing agencies continuing education requirements and cost of credentialing exams?
    Please follow the links to the two credentialing agencies for information on their policies: CCI, ARDMS.
  • Are you accredited?
    Yes! We are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Do you have a catalog with all the details of the program?
    Yes, you can download the full catalog here.
  • What are the prerequisites for the Arizona Heart Foundation School of Ultrasound Program?
    You must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
  • Do any of my classes/credits I took for another program count? Can I transfer credits?
    No, we do not accept credits from other programs. Regardless of your background you must complete the Ultrasound Program in its entirety.
  • How much does this program cost?
    Cardiac Program fee: $29,900. Plus, one-time registration fee of $200. Vascular Program fee: $29,900. Plus, one-time registration fee of $200. Program fee includes tuition, textbooks, equipment, supplies, and a one-time national certification exam fee. If you are outside the Phoenix metro area, you may need to find housing for a few months. However, most clinical rotations can be done in your hometown. Additional Expenses Fingerprint clearance card Background check 12-panel drug screening Current BLS or ACLS card Medical Insurance Any additional testing or documentation that may be required by a clinical site If you are outside the Phoenix metro area, you may need to find housing for a few months. However, most clinical rotations can be done in your hometown.
  • Can I use federal financial aid to pay for the program?
    Currently, we do not qualify for federal financial aid. But we do offer competitive student loans through Meritize, who offers multiple payback plans as well as the ability to defer any payments up to 3 months after graduation. For more information please visit this link: Meritize
  • Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
    We do not offer Title IV, federally-funded aid. But we do offer competitive and customizable student loans through our financing partner, Meritize, including loan payment deferral while in school and up to 3 months post-graduation. We also offer a $3,000 discount off the cost of the program if tuition is paid in-full before the start of the program.
  • How do I apply?
    We make the application process easy by allowing you complete your application on-line.
  • The Program I applied for doesn’t start for several months; how long will it take before I hear something?
    The next step in the enrollment process after submitting your application is a one-on-one interview with the Program instructor. Our instructors review every application and, then, schedule their interviews accordingly. However, this process does not typically begin until March for the program starting in July and not until September for the programs starting in January.
  • Is there anything else I can do to be better prepared for your Sonography program?
    If you are in a position to take anatomy/physiology, and/or medical terminology at your local community college it would certainly give you a head start. If you are not in a position to take the above mentioned classes, do your own independent internet study ahead of your start date. Try to set up times to shadow someone in the ultrasound field to make sure it is a good fit for you. If you cannot shadow someone in the field, contact us to schedule a time to observe a scan lab.
  • What information or documents do I need to complete the online application?
    Along with basic contact information including name, address, phone number, and email, you should have the following information available: High School Information: Name & Location Years Attended Major (if appropriate) Graduation Date GPA High School Transcript you must have a copy of your transcript that you can include with your application. College Information (if appropriate): Name & Location Years Attended Major (if appropriate) Graduation Date GPA College Transcript (if appropriate) – you must have a copy of your transcript that you can include with your application. Medical Training (if appropriate): Name & Location Years Attended Major (if appropriate) Graduation Date GPA Ultrasound Training (if appropriate): Name & Location Years Attended Major (if appropriate) Graduation Date GPA References At least 3 people not related to you who you have known for at least one year. Letters of Recommendation At least 2 letters of recommendation that can be submitted with your application.
  • Are you accredited?
    Yes! We are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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