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Cardiovascular Sonography

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.

Associate in Applied Science

A45160
NC CIP: 51.0999
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 4 2 0 5
PHY 110 Conceptual Physics Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 0 2 0 1
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 115
OR
Mathematical Models 2 2 0 3
MAT 140
OR
Survey of Mathematics Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (3) (0) (0) (3)
MAT 161 College Algebra Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (3) (0) (0) (3)
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 160 CVS Clinical Ed I 0 0 15 5
CVS 163 Echo I 3 2 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 12
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 21

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 161 CVS Clinical Ed II 0 0 24 8
CVS 164 Echo II 3 2 0 4
ENG 111 Expository Writing Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
SON 111 Sonographic Physics 3 3 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 9
Lab/Shop Hours: 5
Clinical/WBL Hours: 24
Credit Hours: 19

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 162 CVS Clinical Ed III 0 0 15 5
___ ___ English Option 3 0 0 3
SON 271 Doppler Sonography Topics 1 3 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 3
Clinical/WBL Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 10

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 260 CVS Clinical Ed IV 0 0 24 8
SON 250 Vascular Sonography 1 3 0 2
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (3) (0) (0) (3)
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 3
Clinical/WBL Hours: 24
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 261 CVS Clinical Ed V 0 0 24 8
CVS 277 Cardiovascular Topics 2 0 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 2
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 24
Credit Hours: 10

Total Credit Hours: 76

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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Additional admissions requirements:

  1. Biology, algebra, and physics recommended.
  2. A grade of C or better in all required related and program specific courses is mandatory for admission and progression in the Cardiovascular Sonography program.
  3. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form.

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.

The Cardiovascular Sonography Associates in Applied Science program is intended for students who have no previous degree.

English – Select one: COM 120*, COM 231*, ENG 112*, ENG 113*, ENG 114*, or ENG 115

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 160, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110, or REL 221. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

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.

General Education Courses

Written Communication:

COM 120, ENG 111, ENG 112, ENG 113, ENG 114

Oral Communication

COM 231, ENG 115

Behavioral and Social Science:

PSY 118, PSY 150

Humanities and Fine Arts:

ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 160, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 221

Mathematics:

MAT 115, MAT 140, MAT 161

Sciences:

BIO 163, PHY 110/110A, PHY 125

Technology:

CVS 163

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