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Program overview

Program length: 6 weeks
Class size: 1-2 students (2-6 students a year)
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

This internship prepares students for a career in echocardiography. Mayo Clinic's large, diverse patient population presents a broad range of cardiac cases.

Application process


The internship is only open to students enrolled at Santa Fe College. Contact the program's clinical coordinator to make arrangements for clinical rotations. 

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

How to apply

If you are interested in completing this clinical internship at Mayo Clinic in Florida, contact the clinical coordinator at Santa Fe College.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition is paid to your affiliated college. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences charges no additional fees for the Echocardiography Internship.


You gain clinical experience in Mayo Clinic's echocardiography laboratories in Florida. During your clinical rotations, you work under the supervision of highly qualified cardiologists, cardiac sonographers and registered nurses.


The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography Internship is a full-time (40 hours a week) program. Your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days a week.


The Echocardiography Program is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific and technical staffs of Mayo Clinic. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice or research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in the field of echocardiography.

Sally Miller, BS, RDCS, RT(R), FASE

Program Director

Sally Miller has been the Echocardiography Program Director since December of 2014. She joined the Echocardiography program in 2008 as Clinical Coordinator and was then appointed Associate Program Director in 2013. Sally graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography program in 2003 and began working in Mayo Clinic Rochester Echocardiography Lab as a cardiac sonographer. She then went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in echocardiography from Oregon Institute of Technology. Prior to pursuing a career in echocardiography, Sally was a radiologic technologist.

Ms. Miller’s interests include adult echocardiography, 3-D echocardiography, and education. Sally is very involved with professional societies and has lectured at many national and regional conferences. She was awarded the recognition of Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography in 2011. She has also been involved in authoring educational material in echocardiography.

Ms. Miller is the instructor for the courses: Foundations in Echocardiography, Echocardiographic Applications, Ultrasound Physics I, Ultrasound Physics II, Professional Growth and Development, Research Project and Publication, and a portion of the Adult Echocardiography course. She also helps teach in the scan lab classes.

Abby Biers, RDCS

Clinical Coordinator

Abby Biers has been the clinical coordinator for the Echocardiography Program since 2016. She graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography Program in 2008 and became credentialed as a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer (RDCS) through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Ms. Biers began working in the Mayo Clinic Rochester Echocardiography Lab in 2008 as a cardiac sonographer, becoming clinical instructor a year later. Her interests include 3-Dimensional echocardiography, as well as stress echocardiography. In September of 2017, she was appointed academic rank of Instructor in Medicine by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is the primary instructor of the Clinical Practicum courses and scan labs, and also works with students in the clinical area.

Prior to her career in echocardiography, Ms. Biers attained her Associate of Applied Science degree in X-ray Technology and worked as an X-ray tech for several years. She is currently in progress of completing her bachelor’s degree in human services.

Katie Mancl, BS, RDCS(PE)

Associate Program Director, Academic Coordinator

Katie Mancl has been the current academic coordinator of the Echocardiography Program since the spring of 2015 and was appointed the associate program director in 2017. 

Ms. Mancl completed her Associate in Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography from Argosy University in 2007 and subsequently completed her Bachelor of Science from St. Mary's University in 2013. Following completion of the Echocardiography Program, she accepted a position in the Mayo Clinic Echocardiography lab as an adult cardiac sonographer in February 2008. She has experience as a clinical instructor to both echocardiography students as well as cardiac fellows. She has additional training and expertise in 3-D echocardiography, stress echocardiography, interventional echocardiography, and pediatric/congenital echocardiography. Ms. Mancl is currently registered in both adult and pediatric echocardiography.

Rochelle (Shelly) Tyler BS, RDCS, FASE

Academic and Clinical Coordinator, Arizona Campus

Rochelle (Shelly) Tyler received a certificate in adult echocardiography from Grossmont College, California, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon Tech. She has worked as a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer since 1996. She began working at Mayo Clinic Arizona in 1997 and has served as a faculty member for the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography Program since 2007. Ms. Tyler teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, adult echocardiography and clinical practicum. She also works as a clinical instructor and assists with the training of the cardiology fellows. Ms. Tyler is involved with interprofessional education with the cardiac nurse practitioner fellows, providing instruction and use of focused cardiac ultrasound devices.

Ms. Tyler has participated in research studies, named in peer-reviewed articles in several journals of echocardiography, including the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography the European Journal of Echocardiography and Echocardiography. She has presented at numerous national conferences. Ms. Tyler is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and holds the academic rank of assistant professor of medicine.

David Pacheco, ACS, RDCS (AE, PE), FASE

Clinical Lead Educator, Arizona Campus

David Pacheco has been a cardiac sonographer since 2003 and joined the Echocardiography Program faculty in 2011. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, with a B.A. in kinesiology in 1998. He graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Echocardiography Program in 2003 and the Advanced Cardiovascular Program in 2017.

Mr. Pacheco is responsible for coordinating the student clinical experience and teaching courses related to echocardiography. He is also involved in training cardiology fellows the basics of cardiac ultrasound. He serves as faculty for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine assisting cardiologists with teaching introduction to echo to medical students.

Mr. Pacheco is a registered cardiac sonographer (RDCS) through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography with specialty credentials in pediatric echocardiography. He is also credentialed as an advanced cardiac sonographer (ACS) by Cardiac Credentialing International. He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography and is recognized as Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE).

Rebecca Klug, BS, RDCS(PE), RT(R), FASE

Academic and Clinical Instructor

Rebecca (Becky) Klug joined the Echocardiography Program in 2011 as a Clinical and Scan Lab Instructor. In 2016, Ms. Klug began teaching the Stress Echocardiography course. She graduated from Mayo Clinic School of Health Science’s Echocardiography Program in 2010 and from the Radiography Program in 2003. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2016.

Ms. Klug’s interests include Adult Congenital/ Pediatric Echocardiography, Adult/Pediatric stress Echocardiography, among being active in the education of students and fellows. Becky is an active member of the American Society of Echocardiography and received the award of Fellow in the American Society of Echocardiography in 2016.

Ms. Klug has attained academic rank as Instructor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. She has also been credentialed as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, Advanced Cardiac Sonographer, Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer, and Radiologic Technologist.

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As a student at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to learn from these valuable resources by attending all relevant conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for students, interns, residents, fellows and consulting staff.

Accreditation information

The Mayo Clinic Echocardiography Laboratory in Jacksonville is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

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