The Cardiovascular Sonography curriculum provides the individual with the knowledge and skills necessary to acquire, process, and evaluate the human heart and vascular structures. A cardiovascular sonographer uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the heart and vascular structures.
Course work includes effective communication and patient care skills combined with a knowledge of physics, human anatomy, physiology, and pathology, all of which are essential to obtaining high quality sonographic images.
Graduates may be eligible to apply to the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers for examinations in physics, cardiovascular physics, vascular physics, and adult echocardiography. Graduates may find employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, mobile services, and educational institutions.
CVS Clinical Education I, II, III, IV, and V
Echo I and II
Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
Students will provide basic patient care and comfort following legal, ethical, and professional guidelines.
Students will perform sonographic examinations recognizing and identifying the sonographic appearance of normal anatomic structures.
Students will perform sonographic examinations recognizing, evaluating, and appropriately documenting sonographic appearance of disease processes, pathology, and pathophysiology.
Students will demonstrate proper application of sonographic instrumentation relative to imaging and image quality.
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interaction between ultrasound and tissue and the probability of biological effects in clinical examinations.
Students will identify the fundamental elements for implementing a quality assurance and improvement program, and the policies, protocols, and procedures for the general function of the ultrasound laboratory.
Students will practice safe patient care and ergonomically correct scanning techniques.
Students will understand the role of the sonographer in performing interventional/invasive procedures.
Students will prepare for the SPI and AE credentialing exams.
Associate of Applied Science in Cardiovascular Sonography