FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS DIACF-AD Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Echocardiography

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Overview

  • 13.5 month Advanced Diploma
  • August entry date 
  • Final CASPer test sitting: For Fall 2022 start date - April 5, 2022
  • Final CASPer Snapshot sitting: For Fall 2022 start date – April 15, 2022
  • Annual application deadline: April 15
  • Clinical work experience
  • Notre Dame Campus
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from Non-Manitoba residents for this program, will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Admission Requirements for more info.
  • For more information about admission requirements and how to apply,  please review FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Description
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, also known as Echocardiography, is a technology involving the application of high-frequency sound waves on patients to aid in cardiac diagnoses. As part of the patient care team, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers assess patients and provide information to Cardiologists for diagnoses and monitoring patients' health statuses.

The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program prepares students, through theoretical and clinical training, to conduct Echocardiography examinations, focusing on the heart. This content is cross-referenced to the national competency profile set up by Sonography Canada.

This is a specialized profession requiring a high degree of technical skills and hand eye coordination, and exceptional interpersonal skills.

As part of training, students will perform scans on each other therefore all students must be agreeable to participate in scanning procedures. 

Sonography Canada administers the Canadian credentials. To be eligible for the Canadian credential, graduates must successfully complete both the Sonography Canada's Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA) and the Sonography Canada written exams, including

  1. The Core Sonographic Examination 
  2. The Cardiac Sonographer Examination

All the costs for the Canadian credentials are the responsibility of the graduate (approximately $825 CDN).

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

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Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

Before applying:

  • Carefully review the admission requirements 
  • Successfully complete admission requirements 1 through 5 to ensure you can submit proof of completion within 30 days of applying.
    • Your application will be cancelled without a refund of the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee if you cannot submit proof within 30 days of applying.
    • We require verification of your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institutions you have attended.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 4 for more information.
Apply:
After applying:
  • Submit proof of meeting admission requirements 1 to 5
  • Submit an Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form (admission requirement 6)
  • Complete the mandatory CASPer Test (admission requirement 7)
  • Complete the mandatory CASPer Snapshot (admission requirement 7).

This is a special selection program. Offers of admittance will be made based on CASPer results in descending order until all available seats are filled. Therefore, not all applicants who meet admission requirements will be offered a seat. Applicants who meet admission requirements but do not receive an offer of admittance may reapply for a future academic year by submitting a new application and application fee.

Annual application deadline: April 15

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Post-Secondary Education
    • Submit proof of having successfully completed 18 or more credits of degree-level (1000 level or higher) post-secondary education including:
      • 12 or more credits of Science
      • A maximum of 6 credits of Arts and Humanities may be applied towards the required 18 credits
    • A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
    • Degree-level (1000 level or higher) courses approved by the degree granting institution as meeting Science or Arts and Humanities requirements will be accepted.  However, Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-credits) and Medical Terminology (3-credits) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement
      and
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-credits)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 6-credits of acceptable Human Anatomy and Physiology courses.  For a list of recommended courses, click here
    • Courses must include a lab component
    • A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
    • You must have completed the course(s) within five years of your application date. For example:
      • If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2022 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2017
        and
  3. Medical Terminology (3-credits)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 3-credits of Medical Terminology
    • View RRC's list of recommended Medical Terminology courses
    • A minimum grade of C+ is required. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
    • You must have completed the course(s) within five years of your application date. For example:
      • If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2022 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2017
        and
  4. English Language Assessment or Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
    • ALL applicants must complete either an English Language Assessment or the Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
    • We strongly advise you complete the assessment before submitting your application to ensure you meet required levels
    • Assessment results must be dated no more than two years prior to your application date
    • Before applying, determine which assessment is appropriate for your situation by answering this question: 
      Have I successfully completed three years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an English language requirement (ELR) exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES:
        • Before applying, register for and successfully complete the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) assessment. The minimum DRP level required for this program is 71.
        • After applying, submit your transcripts* for review
          or
      • If NO:
        • Before applying, successfully complete an approved English language assessment (ELA) at the required levels
        • After applying, submit your ELA results. Once we confirm you meet this program's English language requirements, we will request submission of your transcripts* for review.
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.
      and
    • First Aid Course
      • Submit proof of current certification in the appropriate First Aid course.  To confirm which course you need to complete for this program click here
        and
    • Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • CASPer Assessment
      • Successfully complete each of the following:
        • CASPer Test - an online situational judgement test that assesses personal competencies including non-academic attributes and people skills
        • CASPer Snapshot - a short video response tool  
      • Visit RRC's CASPer webpage for additional information and a list of CASPer assessment dates
      • Results will be used to select applicants with the highest potential for success
      • You may complete the CASPer assessment once per admission cycle (April to March annually)
      • Your results will be valid for all applicable RRC programs applied to during the admissions cycle
      • You are responsible for the cost of both the Test and Snapshot
      • Your CASPer results will be submitted directly to RRC (you do no need to submit your results)
      • Recommended assessment preparation:

    Program Progression Requirements
    Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.

    • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
      • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
        • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
        • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
        • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
      • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
      • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program
      • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
      • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained prior to timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
      • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
      • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
        and
    • Immunizations and Testing

    All Allied Health programs have CASPer® as part of their admissions process.

    WHAT IS CASPer?

    CASPer® is a selection tool used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills. The CASPer test is completed online.

    CASPer is a form of situational judgement test. Situational judgement tests are a type of psychological test which presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and may ask the individual what they would do in the dilemma and why they would do it. Situational judgement tests tend to determine behavioral tendencies, assessing how an individual will behave in a certain situation, and knowledge instruction, which evaluates the effectiveness of possible responses.

    Red River College Polytechnic’s CASPer is made up of two parts:

    CASPer Test: The CASPer online test is approximately 90 minutes in length and is comprised of 12 sections. Test takers have 5 minutes to type their responses to questions.

    CASPer Snapshot: The CASPer Snapshot is 3 video questions. During the video questions, you have 2 minutes to answer the question verbally and record yourself on video. The CASPer Snapshot can be done at any time before or after your CASPer test. Instructions on how to complete this will be on your account on the CASPer website after you register for the CASPer.

    Once completed, the applicant is rated in predetermined areas using a rubric and rating scale. In the end, the scores from all questions are totaled for an overall score for each applicant. Your scores are sent to Red River College Polytechnic by CASPer. Applicants are then ranked accordingly and offered a seat in the program. Applicants who have applied to more than one AHS program will only participate in one CASPer test. Applicants are responsible for the cost of the CASPer test.

    The dates for the CASPer test in 2021-22 are (subject to change):

    Sep 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
    Oct 7, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
    Oct 14, 2021 - 8:00 PM EDT
    Oct 19, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
    Nov 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
    Dec 9, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
    Jan 5, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
    Jan 27, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
    Feb 17, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
    Mar 6, 2022 - 1:00 PM EST
    Apr 5, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST

    For more information and to register for the CASPer test, please visit takealtus.com.

    Please note:

    An applicant requiring accommodation for a documented disability for the CASPer may apply through CASPer for accommodations.

    Red River College Polytechnic’s Assessment Services will offer optional Workshops / Information Sessions for CASPer. Please check their website for dates: https://www.rrc.ca/assessment/casper/

    NON-COGNITIVE QUALITIES OF A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER

    Being a healthcare practitioner is a moral undertaking, and our admission process aims to admit students:

    Who will in their behaviors reflect the following attributes

    • Responsibility
    • Empathy
    • Integrity

    Who will in their professional relationships

    • Take responsibility for their actions
    • Act ethically
    • Act in a collegial and collaborative manner
    • Be reflective
    • Be reliable
    • Be trustworthy and honest
    • Demonstrate respect for others
    • Maintain confidences

    We aim to admit students who will

    • Be self-directed learners
    • Be an integral part of an interprofessional healthcare team
    • Be willing to self-assess
    • Be willing to work hard
    • Communicate effectively
    • Demonstrate ability to manage time
    • Demonstrate ability to tolerate stress
    • Demonstrate good judgement
    • Recognize and respect the roles of other healthcare disciplines

    English Language Assessments

    English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
    L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
    CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
    70707070
    CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
    As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
    4.54.54.54.5
    Communication for Health Professions (RRC Pathway)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    8888
    Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    8888
    Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)

    * MINIMUM OVERAL SCORE OF 115 REQUIRED.

    There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

    Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

    Red River College will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 30, 2021. Beginning December 31, 2021 we will no longer accept Duolingo assessments to meet English language requirements.

    0*0*0*0*
    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    7.07.07.07.0
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    65656565
    TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
    To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.
    24232427

    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

    Locations, Dates and Fees

    Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

    Location Start Date Apply Link
    Notre Dame Campus Aug 29, 2022 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    $7,188.001
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1
    $1,125.002
    Other Fees
    Year 1
    $825.003
    1Includes three clinical terms
    2Books $825 and Uniforms $300 Approximately
    3Sonography Canada Certification Exam Fee Approximately $825

    Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

    Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

    Program Outline

    • Program consists of nine (9) courses taken over two (2) academic terms.
    • Beginning in Term 3 and ending in Term 5, students will complete three (3) Work- integrated learning - clinical placement courses.
    • Full-time students will receive an advanced diploma in thirteen and a half (13.5) months if all program requirements are met in consecutive terms.
    • This program meets the standards of Sonography Canada and The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to write the national credentialing examinations for the Core Sonographic Examination as well as the Cardiac Sonographer Examination.
    • This program is in compliance with the requirements as set out by Accreditation Canada EQual™.

    Courses and Descriptions

    (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
    In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
    COMM-1173Communication Strategies
    More Information

    Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

    MEDL-1048Foundations in Healthcare 1
    More Information

    Allied Health Professionals are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services. In this course, students will be introduced to critical topics, and skills in which all allied-health professionals must demonstrate competency. Students will explore legal, technical and theoretical topics related to the provision of healthcare. In addition, application type activities will enable students to develop skills such as Infection control techniques, proper use of body mechanics and assessing vital signs.

    MEDL-2048Foundations in Healthcare 2
    More Information

    In this course, students will continue to explore important topics relevant to Allied Health professionals. In addition, students will develop interdisciplinary partnerships and team-building skills through collaboration, consultation and discussions.

    Prerequisites:
    PRAC-3021Cardiac Sonography Practicum 1
    More Information

    The focus in Term 3 is to build on the theoretical knowledge learned in the didactic phase of the program and application in a clinical setting. This term should reinforce the practical skills introduced in Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 1 and 2. The main focus of Term 3 Cardiac Practicum 1 will be the introduction and participation in an Echocardiography departmental setting, while under the supervision of qualified professionals; the student should demonstrate increasing independence and progress from a novice performance level to entry level of competency in the profession of Cardiac Sonography (Term 5). During Term 3 the students will be introduced to scanning of actual patients, while applying and strengthening: theoretical knowledge, recognition of theoretical pathology, patient care skills, patient history taking, the completion of a cardiac technical impression, case presentation to a Cardiologist as required, all while participating in all aspects of an Echocardiography Department.

    Prerequisites:
    COMM-1173, MEDL-1048, ULTR-2006, ULTR-2010 (minimum grade of B required) and ULTR-2007
    PRAC-4021Cardiac Sonography Practicum 2
    More Information

    While participating in Echocardiogram examinations performed in the clinical sites Echocardiography Department (under direct clinical supervision) students will build upon the theoretical knowledge gained from the didactic phase of the program. Skills learned in the first practicum are expanded upon, and an increasing level of independence from novice to entry to practice should be demonstrated. Throughout this course, students will continue to scan patients - gaining hands-on experience, while applying and strengthening: theoretical knowledge, recognition of theoretical pathology, patient care skills, patient history taking, the completion of a cardiac technical impression, case presentation to a Cardiologist as required, all while participating in all aspects of an Echocardiography Department.

    Prerequisites:
    PRAC-5021Cardiac Sonography Practicum 3
    More Information

    In Term 5 (last 8 week duration) of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program, students continue in their clinical practicum with an emphasis on successfully completing their Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA). Term 5 Cardiac focuses on building upon practical skills introduced in terms 3 and 4. Under the supervision of qualified professionals; the student will demonstrate increasing independent practice in echocardiography skills and progression into an entry to practice level of competency.

    Prerequisites:
    ULTR-1006Cardiac Sonography Theory 1
    More Information

    This course introduces cardiac sonography and cardiac scan techniques. It is designed to enable the student to recognize and understand normal anatomy, physiology, and the sonographic appearance of the heart. Cardiac Sonography 1 integrates anatomy and physiology with sonographic principles in the imaging of the heart. The focus of this course is on the assessment and interpretation of patterns in the normal heart as seen with Two Dimensional, M-mode, and Doppler (color, CW, and pulsed wave) imaging. The focus of the course then shifts to the etiology, hemodynamics, signs and symptoms, and sonographic patterns as relevant to the interpretation and quantification of cardiac disease including mitral, aortic, tricuspid, pulmonary, segmental wall anatomy, coronary artery, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hypertension (systemic and pulmonary), cardiac masses, pericardial disease, cardiac masses, prosthetic heart valves, diseases of the aorta, and Diastolic Function (provocative maneuvers). The course will integrate theory and laboratory practices.

    Prerequisites:
    ULTR-1006 and ULTR-1007 are corequisites
    ULTR-1007Cardiac Sonography Laboratory Techniques 1
    More Information

    Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 1, Laboratory Modules, and Practicum Introduction to Health Care Practices introduces students to sonographic imaging of the heart. The course will emphasize the operation of sonographic equipment in the creation and interpretation of 2 Dimensional, M-mode and Cardiac Doppler imaging.


    The focus of observations in allied health and cardiac clinic areas is to expose the student to a dynamic, fast paced clinical environment. Students will build on professional behaviors such as patient care, communication, safety practices, increased understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various health care professionals and enhance knowledge of cardiac diagnostic and associated therapeutics.

    These topics will be reinforced in Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 2, as well as the clinical practicum.

    Prerequisites:
    ULTR-1006 and ULTR-1007 are corequisites
    ULTR-1010Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics 1
    More Information

    In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts and principles of the physics and instrumentation relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography.

    ULTR-2006Cardiac Sonography Theory 2
    More Information

    Cardiac Sonography 2 is a continuation of Cardiac Sonography 1. The focus of this course has shifted to the etiology, hemodynamics, signs and symptoms and sonographic patterns as relevant to the interpretation and quantification of cardiac disease processes, including, Diastolic Function, Cardiac Embryology and Fetal Circulation, and Congenital Heart Disease. Sonographic techniques and modalities such as Transesophageal Echocardiography, Stress Echocardiography, Contrast Echocardiography and Provocative Maneuvers, and 3D/RT3D (4D) Echocardiography will also be covered in this term. Students will be challenged throughout this course to fully appreciate the many variables and factors in the accurate assessment and documentation of cardiac pathology.

    Prerequisites:
    ULTR-2007Cardiac Sonography Laboratory Techniques 2
    More Information

    In this course, using appropriate safety techniques, students will complete final preparations for clinical practicum by transitioning to complete independent cardiac sonography examinations (routine/protocol).


    The focus of observations in allied health, echocardiography, and cardiac clinic areas is to expose the student to a dynamic, fast paced clinical environment. Students will build on professional behaviors such as patient care, communication, safety practices, increased understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various health care professionals and enhance knowledge of cardiac diagnostic and associated therapeutics.

    Prerequisites:
    ULTR-1006 and ULTR-1010 (minimum grade of B required) and ULTR-1007
    ULTR-2006 and uLTR are corequisites
    ULTR-2010Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics 2
    More Information

    This course builds upon the concepts that were previously introduced in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics 1. Students will further examine the physics and instrumentation, relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography.

    Prerequisites:

    CO-OP/Practicum Information

    The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program arranges clinical practicum placements for each student. Clinical practicum placements are located in a variety of accredited facilities throughout Manitoba. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation arrangements and costs to, during and from their clinical experience. Students continue with their didactic studies thru on-line learning while on their clinical placement and reliable internet access is required.  

    Note: For clinical site assignment, students work with the program for clinical placements and rotations, however; there is no guarantee that a student will receive a clinical assignment from their preferred sites. Students must be prepared to attend their assigned placement at any of the clinical sites in the province. 

    The following facilities are potential sites for the clinical education. 

    Winnipeg clinical sites: 

    • Children's Hospital, Winnipeg
    • Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg
    • St. Boniface General Hospital

    Clinical sites outside of Winnipeg: 

    • Brandon Regional Health Centre (Brandon)

    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

    1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

    2.  A high speed internet connection

    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
    • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
    • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.


    Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

    Recent Changes

    Red River College’s programs are routinely monitored for educational quality and improvements. Allied Health programs are also accredited by EQual™, Accreditation Canada and provincial regulatory bodies to ensure educational standard for health programs are achieved. The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program has undergone recent changes to provide students with an enriched educational experience that exceeds required standards.  

    Details of these changes include:

    • Program redesign to support course-based registration
    • Revisions to courses  
    • Enhanced curriculum changes
    • Increased interprofessional education experiences
    • Increased emphasis on research

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

    Graduate Employment Report

    Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

    Graduation Requirements

    Successful completion of all courses within Terms 1 – 5

    Employment Potential

    Echocardiography is practiced in major urban hospitals in Manitoba. In other provinces, there are also private clinics.

    Some graduates are working in related teaching, management, and research positions. Others are employed as application specialists, technical advisors, or representatives for diagnostic imaging equipment and supply manufacturers.

    In 2017, an entry level technologist in Manitoba could expect to make approximately $35.72 per hour as a starting wage.

    Contact Information

    For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

    For detailed program information, contact:

    Shaun Lysak
    Academic Coordinator
    Red River College
    Room A325-E - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
    204-631-3417
    E-mail: slysak@rrc.ca

    Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents by mail to the above individual.

    College Support Services

    Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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