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Cardiovascular Sonography -
Adult Echocardiography

Curriculum Description

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.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Diploma

D45160AE REVISED
NC CIP: 51.0999
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology 4 2 0 5
CVS 160 CVS Clinical Ed I NEW Version 2013FA 0 4 9 5
CVS 163 Echo I 3 2 0 4
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Mathematics Core ** ** 0 3
   
    10 8 9 20

Spring Semester
CVS 161 CVS Clinical Ed II 0 0 24 8
CVS 164 Echo II 3 2 0 4
SON 111 Sonographic Physics NEW Version 2013FA 3 3 0 4
   
    6 5 24 16

Summer Term
CVS 162 CVS Clinical Ed III 0 0 15 5
CVS 277 Cardiovascular Topics 2 0 0 2
SON 271 Doppler Sonography Topics 1 3 0 2
___ ___ English Option 3 0 0 3
   
    6 3 15 12

Total Credit Hours: 48

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology, chemistry, and algebra. Successful completion of a physics course prior to the first semester of program enrollment is recommended.
  2. A grade of C or better in all required related and program specific courses is mandatory for admission and progression in Cardiovascular Sonography – Adult Echocardiography.
  3. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.
  4. Associates of Allied Health or a Bachelor’s degree is required.

Program Information
This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process based on grades earned in required related courses (i.e. biology, English, psychology, etc.) and completion of any training such as certified nurse assistant I and II, emergency medical technician, paramedic, or any diploma or degree in a health or non-health field. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college.

English Option – Select one: COM 120*, COM 231,* or ENG 115

Mathematics Core – Select one: MAT 161, MAT 162, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 263, MAT 271, MAT 272, MAT 273, MAT 280, or MAT 285

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Advisor Alert: Blanket course substitutions are not allowed for this Program of Study in the General Education, Required Subject Area: English. Students must take COM 120, COM 231 or ENG 115 or have written permission from the program coordinator on file in the Records office with the Registrar to accept transfer-in credit for courses previously completed.

Advisor Alert: Blanket course substitutions are not allowed for this Program of Study in the General Education, Required Subject Area: Natural Science/Mathematics. Students must take MAT 161 or one of the higher level Mathematics courses in the Required Subject Area: Natural Science/Mathematics list or have written permission from the program coordinator on file in the Records office with the Registrar to accept transfer-in credit for courses previously completed.

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