Cardiac sonographer training at Mayo Clinic

The Echocardiography Program at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Minnesota and Arizona offers one of the best training options in the country. Within just 21 months, your training will fully prepare you with the skills needed to be an effective cardiac sonographer.

Program highlights include:

  • A unique curriculum that provides the opportunity to put what you learn in lectures to practice right away in clinical experiences and scan labs.
  • A focus on clinical experience where you'll start working with patients after just four weeks!
  • Training in a variety of echocardiography situations next to cardiologists, nurses, and other members of the care team.

You'll also benefit from training at one of the most advanced institutions in the world. Mayo Clinic's large, diverse patient population provides experience with a broad range of cardiac problems, furthering your experience with patient care before you even graduate.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition and fees

Tuition: Arizona State University (ASU), St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN), University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) or in the certificate option enrollment

Students enrolled in Arizona State University (ASU), St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN), University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) or in the certificate option will pay tuition through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Tuition — 66 credits at $521/credit (2019-2020) $34,386
Books $600
Uniforms $120
Lab supplies $135
Clinical fee $150
Minnesota Society of Diagnostic Ultrasound annual spring seminar registration $200
Total estimated cost of attendance* $35,591

*Program tuition rates, fees, and related expenses are subject to change. These estimated expenses represent a good faith effort to disclose true costs of attendance.

Living expenses are not paid to the school. However, these expenses are considered for purposes of processing financial aid where applicable.

Tuition: University of Minnesota (UMR) enrollment

Students enrolled in this program will pay tuition through UMR. Information about tuition, fees, and financial aid is available on the UMR website.

Financial aid

Financial aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Registrar can provide more details about financial aid or incentives offered for the Echocardiography Program, including bachelor's degrees offered through SMUMN, UWRF and ASU.

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How to apply

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Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

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Rochester, MN

A day in the life

Cardiac sonographer

A day in the life

Explore what a cardiac sonographer does

Cardiac sonographers are trained in echocardiography to understand the in-depth nature of the heart and how it translates to health. During their day-to-day work, they prepare patients for echocardiogram exams, use specific imaging tools to take 2-D and/or 3-D images of the heart, and Doppler blood flow imaging to assess the heart’s function to help the care team make an accurate diagnosis.

Accreditation information

The Echocardiography Program (Arizona and Minnesota) is an accredited program.


The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Gainful employment disclosure report

The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.

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