Be at the forefront of healthcare.

Prepare to become a skilled specialist.

Cardiac sonographers are highly skilled specialists, who work closely with patients under the supervision of a doctor of cardiology. These sonographers use advanced diagnostic ultrasound to perform cardiac echo testing to examine a patient’s heart chambers, valves, and vessels. They analyze the images for quality, and then discuss image results with the doctor.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Cardiographic Sonography Associate Degree from Baker College

Cardiographic SonographyAssociate of Applied Science

Be at the forefront of healthcare.

Prepare to become a skilled specialist.

Cardiac sonographers are highly skilled specialists, who work closely with patients under the supervision of a doctor of cardiology. These sonographers use advanced diagnostic ultrasound to perform cardiac echo testing to examine a patient’s heart chambers, valves, and vessels. They analyze the images for quality, and then discuss image results with the doctor.

Discover Your Future Cardiographic Sonography Career

Career Facts

$60,350

Median salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

39%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$84,390

Median salary for Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

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Overview

Baker’s Cardiographic Sonography associate degree program provides both academic and hands-on training through a curriculum developed by industry practitioners and taught by cardiac sonographers with years of experience. 

Your classroom studies are complemented by lab work where you gain skills and learn the latest techniques using advanced cardiographic sonography  equipment. Your coursework also provides you with real-world experience through extensive clinical work.

As a graduate, you’ll have the insight, knowledge, clinical skills, and experience to confidently begin a successful career as a cardiac sonographer.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Enrollment is limited.

Course Information
Echocardiographic Technology Major Requirements92 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAS 105
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of EKG technology including the use of the EKG machine and patient hook-up. This course focuses on understanding and interpreting basic cardiac arrhythmias including sinus, atrial, junctional, and ventricular. An introduction to infarction and the 12-lead EKG is also covered.

Corequisite(s):
MED 103.
EKG Technology4
CAS 121A
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3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on an introduction to cardiac ultrasound, including m-mode, 2D and cardiac Doppler, basic machine controls, image acquisition, and some basic physics principles. These items will be discussed and demonstrated.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 105, B- or better in MED 103.
Introduction to Echocardiography3
CAS 141
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on various cardiovascular non-invasive and invasive testing, and the physical and interpretive skills required. Introduction to testing equipment and the situations in which testing is performed.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program, Student background check.
Cardiovascular Procedures2
CAS 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview of the field of diagnostic cardiac sonography with a focus on basic cardiac diseases. Students will be introduced to basic sonographic techniques, including normal physiological processes and imaging planes, and an introduction to echo modes.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 220A, ECT 202.
Fundamentals of Sonography4
CAS 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents information to students relative to both the normal body structure and the pathologic changes  seen in the cardiac ultrasound imaging planes. This class will utilize textbook material, slides, scan planes, and various echo modes specific to the echocardiographic exam.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 201, ECT 220A.
Cross-Sectional Sonography4
CAS 210A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology as it relates to cardiovascular disease in this lecture course. The first pathology course will focus on valvular disease.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 201, B- or better in ECT 202.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 211A, ECT 221B.
Advanced Sonography - Valve Disease4
CAS 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of human physiology as it relates to cardiovascular disease in this lecture course. This second pathology course will focus on pericardial and ventricular disease.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 201, B- or better in ECT 202.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 210A, ECT 221B.
Advanced Sonography - Ventricular Disease4
CAS 212
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides further understanding of normal and abnormal cardiac and circulatory physiology in more advanced disease states.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 210A, B- or better in ECT 211A.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 231B.
Advanced Sonography - Advanced Disease4
CAS 220
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides on-site clinical observation in testing procedures covered in ECT105 and 141. Students will observe testing practices and obtain hands-on practice whenever possible. 120 clinical hours and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 201, ECT 202.
Cardiovascular Clinical5
CAS 221
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7 Quarter Hours

Provides an opportunity for learning basic skills and the application of previous coursework within the cardiac echo setting. Requires students to observe and practice while under supervision. Additional class time is required for students to share clinical experiences and perform hands-on skills with other students. This is the second of three structured clinical rotations and the first echo rotation. 180 hours of clinical and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 201, B- or better in ECT 202, B- or better in ECT 220A.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 210A, ECT 211A.
ECT Clinical Affiliation #17
CAS 231B
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7 Quarter Hours

Provides a continued opportunity to enhance basic skills and application of ongoing coursework within the cardiac echo setting. Requires students to observe and practice while under supervision. Additional class time is required for students to share clinical experiences and perform hands-on skills with other students. This is the third of three structured clinical rotations and the second echo rotation. This second echo rotation will focus on advanced skills and performing complete echo studies. 180 hours of clinical and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 210A, B- or better in ECT 211A, B- or better in ECT 221B.
Corequisite(s):
ECT 212A.
ECT Clinical Affiliation #27
CAS 260
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on advanced cardiac ultrasound procedures, Doppler calculations, and provides an introduction to new technologies in the profession, including 3D echo and tissue Doppler advancements.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in ECT 210A.
Advanced Echocardiographic Procedures4
HSC 105C
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4 Quarter Hours

Exposes allied health students to basic concepts of patient care that will confront them in the medical setting. Theory and practice will include such areas as medical ethics, legal concepts, infection control, microbiology, history taking, vital signs, dealing with emergencies, and patient positioning and transfer methods. Emphasis on the total patient is presented with regards to the patient's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. This course is comprised of 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Patient Care for the Imaging Professional4
HSC 151
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101, WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Introduction to Electronic Health Records2
HSC 181A
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5 Quarter Hours

Presents the fundamental principles of acoustical physics. This course will cover acoustical properties, instrumentation, transducer types and characteristics, Doppler principles, and biological effects.

Prerequisite(s):
Echocardiographic majors: MTH 108 or MTH 112, B- or better in ECT 121A., Vascular majors: MTH 108 or MTH 112,
Corequisite(s):
VAS 101A.
Acoustical Physics5
HSC 208
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides theoretical foundation for the fundamental principles and concepts of pharmacotherapies and drug classifications. This course will focus on the drugs the sonographer will most likely encounter in the cardiovascular patient population.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MED 103.
Cardiovascular Pharmacology2
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
MTH 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra including rational functions, quadratic equations, radical expressions, complex numbers, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
Intermediate Algebra4
MTH 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to data analysis, data-driven decision making, and various statistical methods including their applications. Methods covered include measures of central tendency, probability distributions, sampling, and regression analysis.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 109 or MTH 112.
Statistical Methods4
SCI 101C
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5 Quarter Hours

Deals with the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy and Physiology I5
SCI 102C
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5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Anatomy and Physiology II5
SCI 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
General Education Requirements30 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 120A
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4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List - Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 122

Program Description

This program prepares students by academic and clinical training to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound to perform cardiac echo testing under the supervision of a doctor of cardiology. This program will prepare students to perform these skills in a variety of healthcare settings. Program Status: Limited Enrollment 

Essential Functions/Technical Requirements

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.                                                         

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.
  • Accurately provide patient education.
  • Utilize electronic equipment and medical record software.
  • Distinguish blood flow characteristics represented on color flow and Doppler.
  • Observe variations in skin color, integrity, pulsations, and auscultate heart sounds and blood pressure.
  • Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Respond appropriately to changes in the patients status before, during, and after therapy and/or procedures.
  • Operate equipment requiring fine-tuning and adjustment of controls to obtain quality images and flow patterns.
  • Obtain quality visual images (may require prolonged arm and body positions).
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the patient.
  • Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and patients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Customize examination showing integration of diagnostic ultrasound images, laboratory results, patient history, and medical records.
  • Evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
  • Recognize and correct performance deviations in diagnostic imaging.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to provide patient care in a timely manner.           
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. unstable patient condition, patient in an altered mental state), emergent demands (i.e. stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, complex visual stimuli).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing, and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct guidelines, and clinical sites' policies and procedures.
Mission

The mission of the Cardiographic Sonography Program is to provide each student with quality educational experiences, which will prepare them to readily make the transition from student to competent entry level Cardiac Sonographer.  

Goals & Objectives

Essential in this mission is recognition of the following goals and objectives:

  • Each student will receive a quality general education and will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills which will allow them to communicate effectively in written and verbal formats.
  • Each student will be provided with experiences which will assist them with developing critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Each student is encouraged to become an active participant in society, demonstrating ethical integrity while providing leadership and team work skills within their national, community, and profession standards. 
  • Each student will be prepared to use technology (ie. computers, ultrasound equipment) in the ever changing world of science and technology.
  • Each student will be encouraged to develop interpersonal skills which will assist them with understanding how to be effective in administrative structures as well as with peers and with patients.
  • Diversity among individuals is respected. Each student will be encouraged to appreciate the influence of culture, gender, race/ethnicity, religion, disabling conditions, and sexual orientation on behavior and needs.
  • Each student will be prepared to integrate Cardiac Physiology, Anatomy & Pathology with clinical skills to provide the best testing situation as entry level Echo Technologists.
  • Each student will be prepared to apply current frames of references and theoretical perspectives in echocardiography as entry level technologists.
  • Each student will be encouraged to take responsibility for continuing their education. Students will also be encouraged to change as the health care delivery system and the practice of echocardiography evolves.
  • To satisfy prospective employers with the quality of the echocardiography student/graduate.
  • To maintain competent faculty and staff with appropriate clinical work experience, to ensure quality education to the student, and to provide exceptional role models for the students.
  • To maintain an active Advisory Board.
  • To maintain current curriculum which is up to date and evolving with technology.
Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Cardiographic Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; phone: (727) 210-2350; fax: (727) 210-2354; on the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), 2025 Woodlane Drive St. Paul, MN 55125-2998 (651) 731-1582; e-mail jrc-dms@jcahpo.org.

Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Applications must be complete and submitted by 5pm on Friday of Week 10 of the Spring Quarter.  No late applications will be accepted.  Students must submit a copy of a current certification card for Healthcare Provider Level Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association with their application.  Students may only submit an application to one campus during any application period.

Download the Application for the Cardiographic Sonography program.

Limited Enrollment

Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

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1500 University Dr. Auburn Hills, MI. 48326
Office:  (248)276-8243
Fax:  (248)276-8270

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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