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Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program (Minnesota)

Advanced cardiovascular sonographers reading a patient's results

Advanced cardiovascular sonographer training at Mayo Clinic

The Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a comprehensive 16-month program to train experienced sonographers who are ready to take the next step in their careers.

The advanced cardiovascular sonographer (ACS) profession was developed to create a career track for sonographers who practice at an advanced level in the echocardiography laboratory.

Mayo Clinic's large, diverse patient population provides experience with a broad range of cardiac conditions, including many rare and complex disorders. Because of this, you experience an exceptional education through high-quality didactic and clinical experiences required to develop a competent advanced cardiovascular sonographer. 

Program highlights:

  • A curriculum that includes an online didactic program
  • Clinical training at the Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Laboratory in Rochester, at one of the largest laboratories in the world
  • A program that gives you the technical skills and competence necessary to advance your sonography career

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Graduates are eligible to take the Cardiovascular Credentialing International ACS credentialing examination.

Donna Ly

Student stories

Being surrounded by some of the most highly skilled techs and doctors, taught me to put my best effort in everything I do. The courses offered within ACS curriculum have helped me be a more well-versed sonographer, from learning patient assessments, to pharmacology, to hemodynamics, to physiology, to cross modalities, and to quality assurance within the Echo Lab.

Donna Ly
Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography program student

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

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Explore what an advanced cardiovascular sonographer does

An advanced cardiovascular sonographer (ACS) is a sonographer who practices at a higher level in the echocardiography laboratory. An ACS is a health care professional specially trained to use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose heart problems in patients. An ACS prepares preliminary echo assessments and performs advanced echocardiograms, often taking on mentoring and educational roles and coordinating cardiac ultrasound research.

Accreditation information

The Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program at Mayo Clinic is an accredited training program.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350

For further details, see the accreditation information for Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.