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Academic Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography

Clock Hours: 2194 Quarter Credit Hours: 114

Credential Awarded: Academic Associate of Science Degree in Cardiovascular Sonography


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Graduates of the Cardiovascular Sonography program will:

Demonstrate a commitment to the field of Cardiovascular Sonography, including:
  • Vascular sonography
  • Diseases of the heart
  • Preventative and screening protocols
  • Effectively express oneself in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving techniques in the basic concepts and principles of physical science.
  • Demonstrate entry level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing cardiac ultrasound procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and professionalism.
  • Be prepared to sit for registry exams.
  • Obtain an entry level position as an ultrasound technologist.
  • Develop skills for lifelong learning.


  • GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK

    Clock Hours: 250 Quarter Credit Hours: 25

    2 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses:

    Written Communication - WCOM101

    This course is designed to empower students to write effectively. Students will learn to evaluate their audience, choose topics and organize their ideas and materials. They will practice writing a first draft, editing and proof reading their work for errors. Additionally, students will undertake a research project following a systematic process.

    Oral Communication - OCOM101

    This course is designed to empower students to speak effectively in a public forum.  Students will learn public speaking contexts, topic selection, audience analysis and ethical communication. Students will practice organizing and outlining ideas, constructing introductions and conclusions, and utilizing presentational aids. Students will deliver three speeches in this class; to include one demonstration speech, one informative speech, and one persuasive speech.

    Anatomy and Physiology I - AP I 104

    In this course, students will learn the chemical basis of life, cellular metabolism, and the different types of tissues that comprise the human body. The structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems of the human body will be taught.

    Anatomy and Physiology II - AP II 204

    In this course, students will learn the structure and function of the nervous, endocrine, blood, cardiovascular, Immune and lymphatic systems of the human body. Electrical and chemical reactions, transport of substances, and defense mechanisms of the human body will be studied.

    Anatomy and Physiology III - AP III 304

    In this course, students will learn the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. Nutrition and metabolism, water, electrolyte, and acid base balance will be discussed. Pregnancy, growth, and development will be studied. Students will also be introduced to the study of genetics and genomics.

    Introduction to General Physics - PHY301

    In this course, students will discuss the concepts of physics. Particular emphasis will be placed on measurements and standards in length, mass, and time. Physics of motion in both one and two dimensions will be covered. The laws of motion, energy, momentum and collisions are explained. We will cover states of matter and thermodynamics, and will study waves considering sound, reflection and refraction of light.

    TECHNICAL COURSEWORK

    Clock hours: 984 Quarter Credit Hours: 57

    4 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses: 


    Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Lecture - PHY200

    Through discussion, the properties of sound physics and machine instrumentation will be addressed. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the interactions of ultrasound within the human body and the proper use of ultrasound applications. Emphasis will be placed on ultrasound theory, parts of the machine, transducer construction/ function and Doppler principles.

    Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation Laboratory - PHY200L

    Students will learn “knobology” by scanning predetermined protocols that afford manipulation of specific knobs and machine function. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of scanning and the application of the principles of physics.

    Vascular Sonography Lecture - VAS201

    Students are engaged with this challenging series on vascular anatomy, physiology, hemodynamics and disease of the vascular system. Emphasis is placed on intra/extra-cranial vessels as well as vessels of the upper and lower extremity arterial and venous systems. Doppler, Bernoulli’s Principle, Poiseuille’s Law and relative statistics complete this course of study.

    Vascular Sonography Laboratory - VAS201L

    Students learn with a hands-on approach to perform ultrasound on cerebral carotids and vessels of the upper and lower extremity both arterial and venous.  Doppler waveforms and spectral analysis, as well as initial impressions are taught. ABI’s, blood pressure, and intima medial thickness are explained.

    Cardiovascular Sonography A Lecture - CAR202

    In lecture students will explore the anatomy, physiology, embryology and pathology of the cardiovascular system. Doppler principles including color flow mapping, color M-mode and tissue Doppler will also be emphasized.

    Cardiovascular Sonography A Laboratory - CAR202L

    This laboratory course is an introduction to Doppler principles, velocities, pathology and basic ultrasound physics. Emphasis will be placed on normal anatomy and disease state conditions. M-mode and measurements of valve area will be demonstrated. Students will receive hands on training in the laboratory performing echocardiograms on fellow students by utilizing scanning protocol standards. Students will learn probe manipulation for optimal visualization of anatomy.

    Cardiovascular Sonography B Lecture – CAR203

    Students will explore the pathophysiology of the heart focusing on diastolic and systolic dysfunction. They will also explore congenital heart defects, transesophageal echo and stress echo testing. They will learn to incorporate velocity measurements and implement calculation to document overall mechanical function of the heart. Case studies will be discussed and technical reports prepared.

    Cardiovascular Sonography B Laboratory – CAR203L

    This laboratory course will continue with Doppler Principles and explore pathophysiology of the heart. Extensive focus will be put on diastolic and systolic function as well as the hemodynamics of echocardiography. Students will recognize congenital heart defects, murmurs and equations to determine severity. They will learn to incorporate velocity measurements and implement calculation to document overall mechanical function. This modality will provide hands on training in the laboratory. Students will perform echocardiograms on fellow students by utilizing scanning protocol standards.

    Externship Preparation Laboratory – EPL210

    This class prepares seniors for Externship. It is designed to provide seniors time to practice and complete all ultrasound protocols.  Seniors must successfully complete all protocols prior to externship.

    EXTERNSHIP

    Clock hours: 960 Quarter Credit Hours: 32

    2 quarters of enrollment consisting of the following courses:

      Prerequisites: Successful completion and passing of all didactic and clinical/laboratory coursework, including all protocol competencies.  

    Externship A - EXT300A

    Externship involves the direct interaction of the student within a specific medical environment. The student is assigned to a hospital, imaging center, clinic, or other environment in which ultrasound is performed on patients. Students observe and, when allowed by a supervisor, may perform a portion of the exam. This module serves to assist the student in making a successful transition from the school environment to a clinical setting. Students will write reports, present findings, and further explore pathologies.

    Externship B - EXT300B

    Externship involves the direct interaction of the student within a specific medical environment. The student is assigned to a hospital, imaging center, clinic, or other environment in which ultrasound is performed on patients. Students observe and, when allowed by a supervisor, may perform a portion of the exam. This module serves to assist the student in making a successful transition from the school environment to a clinical setting. Students will write reports, present findings, and further explore pathologies.

    SCHEDULE

    Morning Schedule
    Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

    Evening Schedule
    Monday – Thursday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

    Weekend Schedule
    Saturday – Sunday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

    (not all schedules/programs available at all locations)

    CLASSROOM RATIOS

    Lecture: 35:1
    Laboratory: 7:1


    FEDERAL PROGRAM DISCLOSURES
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