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Cardiovascular Technician

Credential Awarded, Diploma

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Program Length: Three Quarters/ Nine Months 
Clock Hours: 860
Quarter Credit Hours: 50


GENERAL EDUCATION COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
1 Quarter / 200 Clock Hours / 20 Quarter Credit Hours

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 
AP I 104-Anatomy and Physiology I

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.

AP II 204- Anatomy and Physiology II

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.

AP III 304- Anatomy and Physiology III

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.

Medical Terminology - MT102

This course is a comprehensive review of medical terminology. Word analysis will be explained and demonstrated. Terminology relating to anatomy and physiology as well as pathology will be discussed. The course will explore the completion of medical reports and communication with other medical professionals.


TECHNICAL COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
2 Quarters / 340 Clock Hours /20.5 Quarter Credit Hours

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

MLE101-Medical Law and Ethics

Students will discuss patient confidentiality, HIPAA, Patient’s Bill of rights, Advanced Directives, Professional scope of practice and codes of conduct. Legal and ethical decision making as applicable to the profession will be examined.

EC201-Electrocardiology Lecture

This course introduces the student to details of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, electrophysiology, and pharmacology. Then it explores different types of heart disease, supra ventricular and ventricular dysrhythmia, pacemaker rhythms and malfunction.

The course will then provide the student with detailed instruction on graded, nuclear, and dobutamine cardiac stress test protocols, indications, and steps, as well as the topics of telemetry and latest Holter monitoring and ZIO patches. In the last part, the course provides detailed instruction on 12-Lead EKG interpretation, including cardiac axis, bundle branch and fascicular blocks, different types of myocardial infarction, chamber enlargement, and medication effects on EKG.

The course includes a comprehensive review of all materials studied.  Students will take a comprehensive final theory examination upon completion of the course.  Included will be a review for Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI) registry examination for the Certified Cardiographer Technician (CCT) and the Certified Rhythm Analyst Technician (CRAT) examination.  This will enable students to have a national certification and will increase employability.

EC201L-Electrocardiology Laboratory

Students will perform different types of EKG testing, on volunteers of different ages and in different positions. They will also practice simulated telemetry, Holter monitor application, and stress tests.  Students will recognize the difference between normal and abnormal traces, analyze and interpret rhythm strips and 12-Lead traces, as well as how to prepare and maintain diagnostic equipment.

PC202-Patient Care Lecture

Students will develop communications skills used to interact with patients and other healthcare providers. Students will discuss safety skills and strategies for working with difficult patients including emergency procedures. Students will learn the process of obtaining and recording patient histories and vital signs. Students will discuss procedures for aseptic techniques and universal precautions. Patient transfer, transport and positioning will be covered.

PC202L-Patient Care Laboratory

Students will practice obtaining and recording patient histories and vital signs, patient interventions and communication skills. Students will practice infection control techniques and practice their critical thinking skills through simulated scenarios. Students will practice patient transfer, transport and positioning. Students will demonstrate proper body mechanics techniques. CPR and First Aid.


EXTERNSHIP COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
8 weeks /320 Clock Hours / 10.5 Quarter Credit Hours

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EXT101–Externship

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 EKGs, stress tests, Holter monitors and telemetry are performed on patients. Students observe and when allowed by a supervisor, may perform a portion of the exam. This course 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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Graduates of the Cardiovascular Technician program will:

1.  Relate anatomy and physiology to the field of cardiovascular technology.

2.  Demonstrate entry level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing diagnostic testing. 

3.  Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and professionalism.

4.  Be eligible for an entry level position as cardiovascular technician.

5. Graduates of this program are eligible to to sit for the following 3 registry exams:

- Certified Cardiographer Technician (CCT) through Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI)

- Certified Rhythm Analyst Technician (CRAT) through Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI)

- Nationally Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (NCET) through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)

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