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Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program (Minnesota)


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The challenging, high-quality curriculum for the Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program is designed with courses in a specific sequence to progressively build expertise as students advance through the program. Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical rotations to optimize the learning experience.

Course sequence

There are a total of 20 credits in the program.

An asterisk (*) indicates that the course is provided in an online distance education format.

Fall semester — 5 credits
ACS 3501 Clinical Practicum I 1
ACS 3100* Patient Care/Assessment 1
ACS 3102* Advanced Cardiovascular Hemodynamics/Pathophysiology 2
ACS 3101* Cardiovascular Pharmacology 1
  No courses scheduled (winter break)  


Spring semester — 5 credits
ACS 3502 Clinical Practicum II
ACS 4200* Acquired Cardiovascular Disease 2
ACS 4201* Medical and Surgical Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease 1
ACS 4202* Interventional Imaging in Structural Heart Disease 1
  No courses scheduled (spring break)  
Summer semester — 5 credits
ACS 3501 Clinical Practicum III 1
ACS 3300* Electrocardiography 1
ACS 4300* Advanced Echocardiography Modalities 1
ACS 3200* Comparative Imaging Analysis 1
ACS 4301* Congenital Cardiovascular Disease
  No courses scheduled (summer break)  
Fall semester — 5 credits
ACS 4502 Clinical Practicum IV 1
ACS 4400* Research Methods and Biostatistics 1
ACS 4401* Quality Improvement 1
ACS 4403* Instructional Techniques for the Adult Learner 1
ACS 4404* Mock ACS Boards 1

Clinical rotations

During clinical rotations, students gain experience in Mayo Clinic's echocardiography laboratories, focusing on the role of the advanced cardiovascular sonographer (ACS). During all clinical rotations, students work under the supervision of highly qualified cardiologists and credentialed advanced cardiovascular sonographers.

Grading or evaluation

Academic and clinical coursework is graded on a 4.0 scale. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.