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CVT 2113: HOSPITAL POLICIES AND PATIENT CARE

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Hospital Policies and Patient Care is an in-depth study of hospital departmental policies, procedures, and protocol. The course covers topics such as taking a patient's vital signs, safety considerations for the patient and echocardiographer, body mechanics, patient transfer, infection control, and emergency procedures. Informed consent, patient communication, and patient confidentiality are also discussed as well as ergonomically performing procedures, historical overview of ultrasound technology and medical terminology common to the echocardiographer. Ethical and legal principles are also introduced.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2123: SONOGRAPHY PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENTATION I

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program

Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I includes physics of ultrasonic wave generation and propagation, transducer design, color flow imaging methodology, Doppler effect and Doppler instrumentation components, signal processing, basic equipment types, interactive properties of ultrasound with human tissues, possible biologic effects, information storage, contrast agents, quality control and image artifacts.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2132: ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY I LABORATORY

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CVT program.

Co-requisite: CVT 2133 Echocardiography I.

Lab skills practice to apply concepts presented in Echocardiography I.

4 hours laboratory; Allied Health Fee: $40.

CVT 2133: ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY I

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the CVT program.

Co-requisite: CVT 2132 Echocardiography I Lab.

Echocardiography I is an introduction to echocardiography terminology and symbols, cardiac anatomy, cardiac embryology, intracardiac pressure gradients, hemodynamics, heart murmurs and scan planes. Sonographic protocol for normal echocardiogram studies will be introduced.

3 hours lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2144: CLINICAL PRACTICUM I

Prerequisite: Admission to the CVT program.

Clinical Practicum I students are assigned to local hospitals and medical centers with direct supervision of a registered echocardiographer. This course demarcates the professional role of the echocardiographer, the patient-technologist relationship, and the interaction between the physical and allied health services. It also provides hands-on practice in a patient care setting.

12 hours clinical; Allied Health Fee: $80.

CVT 2211: PRINCIPLES OF ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY

Prerequisites: Admission to the CVT program.

Principles of electrophysiology features the electrophysiology of the heart, basic waves, complexes and 12 lead EKG. The course emphasizes interpretation of normal sinus rhythm and advanced arrhythmias. The heart's electrical conduction system is explained. The course also introduces concepts essential to the performance and interpretation of exercise physiology, stress testing and Holter monitoring.

1 hour lecture; Allied Health Fee: $20.

CVT 2213: CARDIAC PATHOLOGY STUDIES

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

An emphasis on adult cardiac pathologies with diagnosis, techniques, differential diagnoses, caveats, and epidemiology. Recognition of the sonographic appearance of cardiovascular disease in emphasized. This is achieved by focusing primarily on specific case studies. Basic pharmacology will be introduced. Laboratory values, signs, and symptoms of cardiac disease will be discussed.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2223: SONOGRAPHY PHYSICS AND INSTRUMENTATION II

Prerequisite: CVT 2123 Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I and Acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Continuation of Sonography Physics and Instrumentation I including physics of ultrasonic wave generation and propagation, transducer design, color flow imaging methodology, Doppler effect and Doppler instrumentation components, signal processing, basic equipment types, interactive properties of ultrasound with human tissues, possible biologic effects, information storage, contrast agents, quality control and image artifacts.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2231: ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY II LAB

Prerequisite: CVT 2132 Echocardiography I Lab and acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Co-requisite: CVT 2233 Echocardiography II.

Lab skills practice to apply concepts presented in CVT 2233 Echocardiography II.

2 Hours Laboratory; Allied Health Fee: $20.

CVT 2233: ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY II

Prerequisite: CVT 2133 Echocardiography I.

Co-requisites: CVT 2231 Echocardiography II Lab and acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Echocardiography II includes advanced echocardiographic procedures. Sonographic protocol for abnormal studies will be presented. Areas of studies will include abnormal echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms, exercise stress echocardiograms, pharmacologic stress echocardiograms, 3D transthoracic echocardiograms, 3d transesophageal echocardiograms and contrast echocardiograms. Common congenital abnormalities, postoperative anatomy, cardiac diseases, interventional procedures, emergency procedures, abnormal perfusion and function, and evaluation of pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases are all discussed.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2244: CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

Prerequisite: CVT 2144 Clinical Practicum I and acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Clinical Practicum II students are assigned to supervised clinical experience in local hospitals and medical centers by sub-specialty areas with emphasis on set-up, calibration and operation of medical instrumentation. Patient history and physical exam techniques, performance of cardiovascular testing as well as analysis and interpretation of cardiovascular diagnostic tests and data are reviewed.

12 Hours Clinical; Allied Health Fee: $80.

CVT 2311: INTERDISCIPLINARY CARDIAC IMAGING

Prerequisite: Admission into the CVT program.

This course evaluates the major imaging modalities, other than echocardiography, used to evaluate the cardiac system. This course will include the basic study of computerized tomography, cardiac catheterization, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance, and positron emission tomography in relation to echocardiography in the evaluation of the cardiac system. The advantages, disadvantages, technology, and accurate practice of each modality will be discussed.

1 hours lecture; Allied Health Fee: $20.

CVT 2313: ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY CONCEPTS

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

This course will prepare the student for the Cardio section of the ARDMS and CCI registry. Normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology, normal and abnormal perfusion and function, congenital anomalies, postoperative anatomy, protocols, treatments, and managing emergencies are all discussed. Multiple practice exams to better prepare the student for the registries will be given.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2323: PHYSICS CONCEPTS

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

This course will prepare the student for the Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation section of the ARDMS and CCI registry. Ultrasonic wave generation and propagation, transducer design, color flow imaging methodology, Doppler effect and Doppler instrumentation components, signal processing, basic equipment types, interactive properties of ultrasound with human tissues, possible biologic effects, information storage, contrast agents, quality control and image artifacts are all reviewed. Multiple practice exams to better prepare the student for the registries will be given.

3 Hours Lecture; Allied Health Fee: $60.

CVT 2344: CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

Prerequisite: CVT 2244 Clinical Practicum II and acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Special Topics in Cardiovascular Technology is an in-depth examination of selected topics in Cardiovascular Technology.

12 Hours Clinical; Allied Health Fee: $80.