DIACF-AD Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Echocardiography

Who Should Enrol?

You may be interested in a career in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography if you:

  • Desire to work in a medical environment
  • Are compassionate and motivated to help the sick and injured
  • Have a strong academic background, especially in science
  • Have an aptitude for effective communication
  • Are able to cope with constant changes in technology and in your work environment
  • Have an eye for detail, excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, and good spatial reasoning
  • Have excellent hand eye coordination
  • Have excellent people skills
  • Understand the responsibility of your role within the diagnostic medical team
  • Have good computer skills

When working in the health care profession, there are many physical and emotional demands.  As a Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, you must:

  • Be in good physical and mental health, and be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time without resting
  • Have the ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Be able to push and pull, and bend and stoop routinely
  • Have full use of both hands, wrists, arms and shoulders
  • Have the ability to operate the scanner controls and the transducer simultaneously and effectively
  • Be able to distinguish audible sounds
  • Have the ability to identify colour distinctions in order to adequately view sonograms
  • Demonstrate the use of safe and effective body mechanics while working with patients
  • Be able to safely lift, transfer, and position patients, some of whom may be in a state of unconsciousness or who may be large and heavy and have limited or no weight bearing capabilities
  • Be able to interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and injured
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals
  • Have the ability to organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a sonographic procedure in the proper sequence

Additionally, you may:

  • Experience repetitive strain injuries
  • Be exposed to extreme patient injuries
  • Be required to work extended hours
  • Be exposed to infectious diseases, blood and bodily fluids, toxic materials, noise, allergens, and physical and emotional stress
  • Encounter aggressive and agitated patients, visitors, and staff
  • Experience physical and compassion fatigue 
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