Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Curriculum

General Education Courses:

25 Total credit hours

credit hours

A study of medical terminology, word origin, structure, and application for Allied Health majors.

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Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

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A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

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In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.

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This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) and BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

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This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of BIOL 2302 Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) and BIOL 2102 Anatomy and Physiology II (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

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This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of PHYS 1301 (lecture) and PHYS 1101 (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

Prerequisites: MATH 1314 College Algebra

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General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

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Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Core Courses:

33 Total credit hours

credit hours

An introductory course to gain knowledge of scanning techniques and procedures with hands-on experience in a lab setting. Emphasis is placed on the sonographic evaluation of the normal adult heart.

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This course will associate the cardiovascular systems of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Students will contrast the cardiac and vascular structural anatomy and relationships, differentiating electrical innervation, embryology, and hemodynamics of the heart and vascular system. This includes pathophysiology, etiology, pathology, signs, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

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Basic acoustical physics and acoustical waves in human tissue. Emphasis on ultrasound transmission in soft tissues, attenuation of sound energy, parameters affecting sound transmission, and resolution of sound beams.
Prerequisite:
Passed all previous sonography courses.

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Continuation of Basic Ultrasound Physics. Includes interaction of ultrasound with tissues, mechanics of ultrasound production and display, various transducer designs and construction, quality assurance, bioeffects and image artifacts. May introduce methods of Doppler flow analysis.
Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

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This course will utilize patient physical assessments and cardiac testing to refine techniques and determine appropriate interpretations. Assessments include electrocardiography, stress testing, Holter monitoring, vital signs, and cardiovascular pharmacology.

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This course will focus on adult acquired cardiac pathologies. Topics include cardiovascular pathophysiology, quantitative measurements, and the application of 2-D, M-Mode, and Doppler. Recognition of the sonography appears of cardiovascular disease is stressed.

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This course is a continuation of Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pathology I emphasis on cardiac disease. Course emphasis is placed on quantitative measurements and application of 2-D, M-Mode, Doppler and recognition of the sonographic appearances of cardiac disease.

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This course will investigate and analyze advanced echocardiographic procedures. Topics include stress echo, related diagnostic imaging, and related noninvasive cardiac testing.

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Introduction to basic non-invasive vascular theories.  Emphasizes image orientation, transducer handling, and identification of anatomic structures.

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Introduction to non-invasive vascular technology modalities. Includes 2D imaging, Doppler, Plethysmography, and segmental pressure. Emphasis on performing basic venous and arterial imaging and non-imaging exams.

Prerequisite: Passed all previous sonography courses.

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Students will formulate knowledge, skills and professional values within legal and ethical context addressing emerging technologies and professional development, as it is related to the field of echocardiography. Ergonomic techniques and equipment applications associated with technological advances in the field of echocardiography will be integrated. Registry review techniques and preparedness will be integrated in this course.

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Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Clinical Courses:

18 Total credit hours

credit hours

Students will recognize, generalize, examine, investigate, validate and incorporate specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Students will recognize, generalize, examine, investigate, validate and incorporate specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Students will recognize, generalize, examine, investigate, validate and incorporate specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Students will recognize, generalize, examine, investigate, validate and incorporate specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Students will recognize, generalize, examine, investigate, validate and incorporate specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Students will recognize, generalize, examine, investigate, validate and incorporate specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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