Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography


  • The diploma program in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography at Pharma-Medical Science College is designed to develop competency-based objectives and implements learning activities to ensure that all the competencies in the competency profile for the profession are taught. The program's objective is to develop theoretical and clinical competency in the field of cardiac sonography/ultrasound. Students will gain extensive on-site laboratory experience utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and participate in clinical training with affiliated clinical agencies. The program aims to ensure students gain the knowledge, skills and behaviors defined in National Competency profile (NCP5.1)  to successfully enter the sonography/ultrasound field. 

    The program standards include:

    • National Competency Profiles NCP 5.1, Version Feb, 2018 by Sonography Canada;
    • Principles described in the Sonography Canada, Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, The Scope of Practice for Sonographers;
    • The regulation Board CMRTO requirements;
    • Other health care related regulation and policy 

    Upon successful completion of this diploma program, students will be eligible to write the Sonography Canada certificate examination. To qualify for certification as a cardiac sonographer, graduates are required to complete both the core sonographic examination and the cardiac sonographer examination. Upon obtaining a Sonography Canada (SC) certificate, graduates will be able to registered with College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) and practice as a cardiac sonographer in a particular field. Pharma-Medical's students have consistently achieved high pass ratio in Sonography Canada exams, click here see May 2019 results.

    The Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography at Pharma-Medical Science College is in compliance with all the accreditation requirements by Accreditation Canada


    Next class starts in June 2020 for questions and registration, please call  416 821 4876 / 647 996 5876.

  • This program is 78 weeks long. There are 56 weeks instructor-led full-time training, lecture, practice on campus, and there are 22 weeks co-op placement in clinics or hospitals to obtain real-world experience.  

    • Applicant must hold a minimum secondary diploma with Grade 12 biology and math course completed
    • Prefer hold a 2-year or higher allied healthcare degree in a patient care related area. This includes, but is not limited to, medical radiography, registered nurse, respiratory technologist, occupational therapist, and emergency medical technologist, or 
    • Prefer hold a bachelor’s degree in any major or foreign degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or Canada


    Additional Requirements

    • Medical Certificate (Immunization Form) is required indicating that the student has up-to-date immunization 
    • CPR & First Aid Certificates – it is preferred to have completed STANDARD FIRST AID and BASIC RESCUER CPR prior to clinical placement
    • A police check of Criminal Record
    International students must have a demonstrated competency in English.
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)  50 marks
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT)   550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) 80  (20 min. in writing and speaking, 20 min. in reading and listening)
    • IELTS  5.5 (min. 5.0 in each band)
    • MELAB 75 (min. score)


    * Program has PLAR (Prior learning Assessment and Recognition) policy. Transcript transfer is available. Please ask college for details.


  • The college will arrange your co-op practice in clinics or hospitals for 22 weeks to get real-world experience. This will help you in your future job search. 

  • Graduates with a registered license can work on a position in any of these fields:

    • Hospitals
    • Medical clinics
    • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
    • Medical Cardiac Sonographer
    • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Instructor
    • Medical Cardiac Sonographer Supervisor
  • Ultrasound technologist NOC code is 3216; this is an occupation under Skills Matrix B in the NOC code.

    • Operate ultrasound imaging equipment to produce images of those parts of the body requiring examination;
    • Monitor examination by viewing images on video screen, to evaluate quality and consistency of diagnostic images, and make adjustments to equipment as required;
    • Record, store, and process scanned images;
    • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure patient safety and comfort;
    • Prepare examination reports for physicians to aid in the diagnosis of cardiac, vascular and other disorders;
    • Perform quality control checks on ultrasound equipment to ensure proper operation and perform minor repairs and adjustments as required
  • You can view the program video by clicking here.

    Pharma-Medical Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program video