Cardiovascular Technology - Echocardiography

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-521-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: January

About the Cardiovascular Technology - Echocardiography Degree

Description

Learn to perform echocardiograms, a widely used diagnostic test for heart disease. Echocardiography technologists perform the tests in hospitals and outpatient facilities, utilizing ultrasound equipment to gather data about the cardiac chambers, valves and vessels leading to and from the heart. Completing this program fulfills prerequisites to take the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (CCI) or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (ARDMS) exam.

You can earn the EKG Technician certificate on the way to completing this degree.

Additional program details: The continuing demand for echocardiography technologists indicates strong employment opportunities. The echocardiogram is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for heart disease. These tests are performed by an echocardiography technologist (Echo Tech). An echocardiogram is performed in a one-on-one setting in a hospital or outpatient facility.

To perform the test, the Echo Tech utilizes ultrasound equipment to gather data about the structure and function of the cardiac chambers, valves and vessels leading to and from the heart. There are multiple types of tests that can be performed by an Echo Tech. These include transthoracic echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram and a stress echocardiogram. For more information regarding echocardiography, visit  www.asecho.org.

 


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Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1)  ENG-195 Written Communication 
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
3
(1) NATSCI-197 Microbiology * ^ 4
(1) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
3
(1) SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level SOSCI course
3
(2) CVTECH-102 Introduction to CVT ‡ ^ 2
(2) CVTECH-110 EKG Analysis ‡ ^ 2
(2) CVTECH-115 Essentials of Cardiac Care 1 ‡ ^ 4
(2) CVTECH-118 Echocardiography Basics ‡ 3
(2) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
3
(2) CVTECH-121 Echo Clinical Procedures ‡ 2
(3) CVTECH-140 Echo Instrumentation ‡ 4
(3) CVTECH-142 Echo Case Review ‡ 3
(3) CVTECH-144 Advanced Echo Practicum ‡ 3
(3) CVTECH-145 Echocardiography Fundamentals ‡ 4
(4) CVTECH-143 Ultrasound Principles and Physics ‡ 3
(4) CVTECH-149 Echocardiography Clinical Experience 1 ‡ 2
(4) CVTECH-195 Echocardiography Clinical Seminar ‡ 2
(4) CVTECH-196 Echocardiography Clinical Experience 2 ‡ 4
(4) CVTECH-197 Echocardiography Clinical Experience 3 ‡ 4
(4) ELECTIVES (Two 100-level credits) 2

TOTAL CREDITS

60

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the EKG Technician certificate.
Cardiovascular Technology students are not required to take NATSCI-177/179 or 201/202 as prerequisites to NATSCI-197; go to Selfservice.matc.edu and submit a waiver indicating you are a CVT student.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Spring start: Register for classes in November, petition window is September (only one time a year)

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Program Outcomes

  • Explain diagnostic procedures and provide support to patients
  • Work independently to perform echocardiographic scans
  • Demonstrate professionalism and exhibit patient care skills
  • Ability to perform diagnostic imaging including transthoracic echocardiogram, transesophageal echocardiogram and a stress echocardiogram

Joint Review Committee On Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) Outcomes

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Career Outlook

The continuing demand for echocardiography technologists indicates strong employment opportunities. The projected growth is attributed to an increase in cardiovascular disease and the aging population. Opportunities include hospital departments and with experience, physicians’ offices and sales.

Possible Careers

Echocardiographer
EKG Technician

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are required for admission:

  • HP-A2 pre qualifying exam
  • C+ or higher: NATSCI-197* 
  • Spring start: Petition window is September (only one time a year)

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Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763; 727-210-2350caahep.org/Students/Program-Info/Cardiovascular-Technology.aspx.

Accreditation is based upon a recommendation by the Joint Review Committee (JRC-CVT).

QUESTIONS?

Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway
262-238-2281healthpathway@matc.edu

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 11/16/2020