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Class Code: 301P
Category: Health Care


Supervise cardiac sonographers and others; direct the operation of a cardiac ultrasound department; coordinate clinical research and cardiac ultrasound education programs; independently perform, assess, and document results of non-invasive and invasive clinical and research cardiac ultrasound and related physiological procedures to develop provisional working diagnosis of patients referred for evaluation of heart disease.

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants, conduct training, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary action.

Under general direction, participate in developing department’s operating budget and capital budget; plan and administer department services.

Typical Work

Supervise cardiac sonographers and other assigned staff such as registered nurses, student interns and support staff;

Assign work to staff; plan department staffing and equipment needs, assign and approve work schedules for allocation of staff and necessary equipment to maintain adequate resources to meet patient schedule; verify and authorize payroll documents;

Coordinate and oversee clinical and research procedures;

Establish patient schedule; approve requests for changes or additions to schedule in accordance with department staffing and availability of equipment; coordinate department operation with other hospital departments and medical community to assure continuity of patient care;

Develop, maintain, and implement department operating and clinical procedure protocols and policies in conjunction with medical director; maintain department policy and procedures manuals;

Assure staff compliance with medical centers' policies & procedures including respecting patients' cultural diversity and confidentiality rights; assure staff competency with patients' age-related or physical disability needs;

Act as liaison for the department with attending physicians, housestaff, ancillary hospital and health sciences staff, nursing unit staff, other medical community health care specialists; resolve complaints and conflicts;

Participate in the development and monitor the department's operating budget; provide cost analyses as necessary; plan and develop capital equipment budget, provide specifications and justification for equipment purchases; prepare and submit capital equipment budget requests and purchase order forms;

Maintain records of clinical procedures and procedure charge documents including ensuring documentation is obtained for managed care patients; oversee accounting records of hospital and physician procedure billings for department; develop and oversee preparation of statistical reports;

Ensure performance of department equipment and ensure maintenance and operational safety; oversee inventory control of laboratory equipment and supplies; authorize purchase orders for supplies;

Coordinate and conduct regular department staff meetings, maintain documents of meeting agenda and minutes;

Review and approve all requests/applications for laboratory participation in research projects with medical director and manager; oversee and ensure billing of research budgets to reimburse hospital budget for research procedures performed;

Evaluate and select new diagnostic ultrasound and related physiological testing equipment; define new equipment specifications and participate as liaison with relevant equipment manufacturer representatives; oversee evaluation of prototype equipment and/or equipment software; assure confidentiality of manufacturers' proprietary information;

Coordinate and oversee department's participation with medical centers' quality assurance programs; oversee data collection; assure compliance with accreditation requirements; assist with department's participation and compliance with relevant clinical standards and accreditation processes;

Perform the work of Cardiac Sonographer II;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),


Current certification as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) in Adult Echocardiography by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARMDS);


Two years of laboratory experience as Cardiac Sonographer 2 or Cardiac Sonographer Specialist


One year of laboratory experience as a Cardiac Sonographer Lead

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class:6-9-2000
Revised new class code: (formerly 6428) effective July 1, 2007

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.