Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography

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Mary Carmody

(919) 465-9020

2530 Meridian Parkway, Ste. 450
Durham, NC 27713

About Us

The Committee on Accreditation for Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography serves, under the auspices of the CAAHEP, to promote and advance the quality of educational programs for advanced cardiovascular sonographers.

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Important Information

Attention Program Directors:

Are you interested in establishing a CAAHEP accredited Advanced Cardiac Sonography (ACS) program, but don’t know what is involved or how to get started? The Committee on Accreditation for Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography (CoA-ACS), has created an ACS Toolkit to get you started.

In this toolkit you will find step-by-step instructions on what is required, how to go about creating an accredited ACS program, links to resources, a template job description, and a template of course descriptions. Please contact for a toolkit PDF.

The CoA-ACS is always ready to assist you.  Please feel free to email or phone with any questions.

Board Members

Smadar Kort, MD, FASE, Chair

Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Vice Chair, ACS Employee Representative

Cynthia Taub, MD, FASE, Treasurer

Kelly Thorson, DHSc, MSRC, ACS, RDCS, RCCS, CIIP, FASE, Secretary

Joy Guthrie, PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, FASE, Immediate Past Chair

S. Allen Luis, MBBS, PhD, Medical Director Representative

Michelle Bierig, PhD, ACS, RCS, RDCS, FASE, Historian & Educator Representative

Teresa Daniele, MD, CAAHEP Experience Representative (Physician)

Ken Horton, ACS, RCS, FASE, SDMS Representative

Lissa Sugeng, MD, MPH, FASE, ASE Physician Representative

Elizabeth McIlwain, MHS, ACS, RCS, FASE, ACS Employer Representative

Marsha Neumyer, BS, RVT, FSDMS, FSVU, FAIUM, Vascular Representative

Theresa Sisneros, CAAHEP Liaison

Accreditation Documents

Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography

Request for Accreditation Services for Educational Programs for Advanced Cardiovascular Sonographers

CoA-ACS Fees

ACS Sample Job Description Templates
Programs Seeking Initial Accreditation

For programs wishing to apply for initial accreditation for advanced cardiovascular sonography, please contact the CoA-ACS headquarters to receive a copy of the Self-Study for Initial Accreditation and form templates. Phone: 919/465-9020 Email:

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Additional Resources

Editorial published May 2022:  Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography - The Advanced Cardiac Sonographer - A Decade of Impact!

Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography: A review of the Development of the Profession, published in ASE ECHO Magazine, Vol. 10, Issue 1.

Advanced Cardiovascular Sonographer: A Proposal of the American Society of Echocardiography Advanced Practice Sonographer Task Force, Journalof American Society of Echocardiography, Volume 22, Issue 12, P1409-1413,December 01, 2009.

Learn more about the Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Profession. For more detailed information on the development of the Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography profession, please click here to review the white paper published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Recorded Webinar - "How to Start an Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Program"
This webinar presented in November 2020 was designed to provide information on the concept and role of an Advanced Cardiovascular Sonographer (ACS), why and how to start a program at your institution, and to answer questions about advanced cardiovascular education and training. Program Directors from two CAAHEP accredited ACS programs participated in the discussion to talk about their experiences with this professional career ladder pathway for sonographers. Review the recorded webinar here.

If you have additional questions about starting an ACS program, please feel free to contact the CoA-ACS.