Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Cardiovascular Technology – Echocardiography (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster
 

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-521-1.B

 

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — 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.

Successful completion of this program fulfills necessary prerequisites to take the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (CCI) or Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (ARDMS) exam.

Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; www.caahep.org; 727-210-2350. Accreditation is based upon a recommendation by the Joint Review Committee (JRC-CVT). Both invasive and echocardiography portions are accredited.


Career Pathway — You can earn the EKG Technician certificate on your way to completing this associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

 

Career Outlook — The continuing demand for CVTs indicates exceptional employment possibilities. 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.

For more information regarding echocardiography, visit www.asecho.org.


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

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

Joint Review Committee On Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) Outcomes
View/Print Program Outcomes data (pdf)

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 

Learn more about the petition process

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.


The following are also required for admission:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level algebra, biology and chemistry (grade of C or higher)
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Required Natural Science (NATSCI) and Mathematics (MATH) courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or higher in each course. These courses are NATSCI-197 and MATH-260.

 

Possible Careers
Echocardiographer
EKG Technician

 

Related Programs
Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive
EKG Technician
 

Start Date: January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.


Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

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

TECHNICAL STUDIES

 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-102

Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology ‡ ^

2

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-110

EKG Analysis ‡ ^

2

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-115

Essentials of Cardiovascular Care 1 ‡ ^

4

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-117

Invasive CVT Fundamentals 1 ‡

4

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-118

Introduction to Echocardiography ‡

3

 

(S)

 

CVTECH-121

Echocardiography Clinical Procedures ‡

2

 
(3)
 
CVTECH-142 Echocardiography Case Review ‡ 3  

(3)

 

CVTECH-140

Echocardiography Instrumentation ‡

4

 

(3)

 

CVTECH-145

Echocardiography Fundamentals ‡

4

 

(3)

 

CVTECH-149

Echocardiography Clinical Experience 1 ‡

2

 

(3)

 

CVTECH-144

Advanced Echocardiography Practicum ‡

3

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-143

Ultrasound Principles and Physics ‡

3

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-195

Echocardiography Clinical Seminar ‡

2

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-196

Echocardiography Clinical Experience 2 ‡

4

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-197

Echocardiography Clinical Experience 3 ‡

4

 

GENERAL STUDIES 

 

 

   

ECON-195

Economics

3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

   
 

 


ENG-151


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

(or) ENG-201‡ and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

           
 

 

MATH-189

Introductory Statistics

3
 

 

      (or) MATH-260 Basic Statistics ‡
 
 
 

 


NATSCI-197


Microbiology ‡ * ^


4

 

           

 

 

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

 

 

(or) SOCSCI-210 Death and Dying

 

 

 

 


Suggested Electives:


Two Credits Needed

     
      2

 

    HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology    
    HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare    
    PHYED-210 An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness    


TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 


(S) = Summer

‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the EKG Technician certificate.

* CVT students are not required to take NATSCI-177/179 or 201/202 as prerequisite to NATSCI-197; go to INFOnline and submit a waiver indicating you are a CVT student.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.


For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

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

 

Page updated October 2017.