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 the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A45160 REVISED
NC CIP: 51.0999
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POS Approved: Fall 2019

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 4 2 0 5
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 2 0 4
PHY 110 Conceptual Physics REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 0 0 3
PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 0 2 0 1
___ ___ English 3 0 0 3
___ ___ 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 REVISED REQUISITE Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
PSY 150 General Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 19
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 25

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 160 CVS Clinical Ed I 0 4 9 5
CVS 163 Echo I 3 2 0 4
SON 111 Sonographic Physics Requisite 3 3 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 9
Clinical/WBL Hours: 9
Credit Hours: 13

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 161 CVS Clinical Ed II Requisite 0 0 24 8
CVS 164 Echo II Requisite 3 2 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 3
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 24
Credit Hours: 12

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 162 CVS Clinical Ed III Requisite 0 0 15 5
Totals

Class Hours: 0
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 15
Credit Hours: 5

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CVS 260 CVS Clinical Ed IV Requisite 0 0 24 8
SON 250 Vascular Sonography Requisite 1 3 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 1
Lab/Shop Hours: 3
Clinical/WBL Hours: 24
Credit Hours: 10

Spring Semester

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

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

Total Credit Hours: 75

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

English – Select one: COM 231 or ENG 115 (Prerequisite courses must be completed where applicable.)

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.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

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.

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.

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 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 171 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.

May 16, 2019 - Administrative adjustments; accrediting agency requirements.
Cheri Silverman, Program Development and Audit

A45160 REVISED