Cardiovascular Technology Program

Program Outline

Put yourself on the path to a rewarding career with EIC’s Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) A.A.S. degree program. At Eastern International College, our instructors prepare you for a career in cardiovascular technology through hands-on instruction and essential theoretical education, helping you compete for entry-level positions in the field. Since the Associate Degree in Cardiovascular Technology program at EIC is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon successful graduation, you’ll enter the workforce equipped with the knowledge, experience and highly sought-after qualifications needed to prosper in your future profession.

Program Details

Under the direction of a physician in Adult Echocardiography, cardiovascular technologists who successfully fulfill the requirements of our program will be equipped to perform noninvasive examinations of cardiac and peripheral vascular ailments. From courses that focus extensively on building theoretical knowledge to the cardiovascular technology externship – where you’ll gain hands-on experience in a hospital laboratory, imaging facility or private office setting – the EIC Cardiovascular Technology Program gives students the education and training they need to succeed in their fields directly following graduation.

Program Requirements

Entrance into the EIC Cardiovascular Technology program includes being interviewed by your assigned admissions representative in order to see if you’re a good fit for our program. Applicants must also take the Accuplacer Exam, which is designed to test your reading, sentence skills and mathematics abilities, unless otherwise specified as exempt. Learn more about EIC’s admission requirements and technical standards for the Cardiovascular Technology degree program.

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The curriculum outline is below:

General Education Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

BIO 101

Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIO 102

Anatomy & Physiology II

4

ENG 101

English Composition

3

PSY 101

General Psychology

3

SPC 101

Interpersonal Communications

3

MAT 204

Fundamentals of Statistics

3

TOTAL

20

Program Major Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credits

CVT 101

Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology

2

CVT 102

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

2

CVT 103

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1

CVT 104

Patient Assessment and Basic Patient Care

2

CVT 105

Pharmacology

2

CVT 106

Physics and Instrumentation I

3

CVT 107

Physics and Instrumentation II

3

CVT 108

Medical Instrumentation

3

CVT 200

EKG and Interpretation

4

CVT 201

Cardiac Dysrhythmias

2

CVT 202

Pathophysiology

3

CVT 203

Vascular

4

CVT 204

Echocardiography I

4

CVT 205

Echocardiography II

4

CVT 210

Cardiovascular Technology Externship

14

TOTAL

53

Total Program Credits: 73 Credits

Length of Program: 2 Years

ENG 101 English Composition

3 Semester Credits

This course further introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, group analysis, formal essays, and research projects. Proper paragraph and essay structure is emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099 or passing of placement exams

SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications

3 Semester Credits

This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.

BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 Semester Credits

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system.

Prerequisite: BIO 101

MAT 204 Fundamentals of Statistics

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to basic statistical concepts. It focuses on frequency distributions of empirical data, calculations of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi square, regression, and correlation.

Prerequisite: MAT 099 or Placement exam

PSY 101 General Psychology

3 Semester Credits

This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well- being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.

CVT 101 Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology

2 Semester Credits

This course provides students an understanding of the basic concepts of the Cardiovascular Technology profession. Topics include discussions on invasive and non-invasive cardiology, basic cardiovascular terminology, cardiovascular patient assessment and diagnostic tools, and non-invasive cardiovascular procedures. The course also includes discussions on medical law and ethics with focus on cardiovascular and other related professions.

Prerequisite: None

CVT 102 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology

2 Semester Credits

This course provides the student with the understanding of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology. Topics include normal cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, embryology, ventilation, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, fetal development and the cardiopulmonary system, blood composition, pulmonary and systemic vascular systems, the effects of aging on the respiratory and cardiovascular system, and other topics required in cardiopulmonary physiology.

Prerequisite: BIO 102

CVT 103 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1 Semester Credit

This course presents the techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) management. It presents information about the American Heart Association Adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. It also includes infant and child Chain of Survival, signs of choking in infants and children, how to reduce risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and prevention of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children. Upon successful completion of written and skills evaluations, the student is issued an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider card.

Prerequisite: None

CVT 104 Patient Assessments and Basic Patient Care

2 Semester Credits

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of patient assessment and patient care. The student will demonstrate proficiency in proper body mechanics, transfer techniques, medical asepsis, measuring vital signs, medical emergencies, and taking a complete patient medical history. Principle of barrier protection for blood and body fluid exposures, isolation precautions, and discussions on OSHA and HIPAA are also included.

Prerequisite: None

CVT 105 Pharmacology

2 Semester Credits

This course is an introduction to the principles of pharmacology. Topics include general classification of drugs, types of administration of drugs, adverse effects and drug interactions, and dos-age computation. Emphasis is given on cardiovascular pharmacology.

Prerequisites: BIO 102

CVT 106 Physics and Instrumentation I

3 Semester Credits

This course presents the basic concepts and principles of ultrasound physics as a foundation for understanding image interpretation. Students learn by way of lecture, solving sample problems, and scanning in the student lab. Students review material and take practice exams in preparation for the ARDMS registry examination.

Prerequisite: MAT 099 or pass the placement exam

CVT 107 Physics and Instrumentation II

3 Semester Credits

This course is a continuation of Physics for Ultrasound I. It reinforces concepts learned and presents more advanced concepts in ultrasound theory and instrumentation, fluid hemodynamics, color-flow Doppler spectral analysis, and 3 and 4-D ultrasound, and safety and bioeffects. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to pass the ARDMS registry examination.

Prerequisite: CVT 106

CVT 108 Medical Instrumentation

3 Semester Credits

This course is designed to give entry- level cardiovascular students an overview of electronic circuits, their components and the manner in which they function and operate medical equipment. Students will have a working knowledge of physiologic recording systems and the various functions they provide, with emphasis placed on electrical safety in the healthcare setting.

Prerequisite: BIO 102 and CVT 101

CVT 200 EKG and Interpretation 4 Semester Credits

This course covers twelve-lead EKG analysis including bundle branch blocks, hypertrophic, infarction patterns, and pediatric EKG interpretation and stress test procedures. The laboratory component of this course focuses on equipment set-up, patient preparation, performance of 12- lead EKGs, preparation and performance of stress testing, and analysis of both normal and abnormal twelve-lead EKG recordings.

Prerequisites: BIO102, CVT101, CVT 102

Co-requisite: CVT 201

CVT 201 Cardiac Dysrhythmias

2 Semester Credits

This course in non-invasive cardiology addresses cardiac electrophysiology, the process of rhythm analysis, heart sounds and ambulatory monitoring techniques. It highlights the theory, rationale, application, performance and interpretation of non-invasive modalities, which include auscultation, normal and abnormal heart sounds, and phonocardiography. The laboratory component of this course will examine the twelve-lead EKG analysis and troubleshooting, patient preparation and instruction and ambulatory monitoring.

Prerequisite: CVT 102

Co-requisite CVT 200

CVT 202 Pathophysiology

3 Semester Credits

This course discusses the aspects of cardiovascular pathophysiology. It includes an in-depth discussion of various cardiac diseases and treatment options. Precedence will be on understanding the etiology and pathogenesis of a given disorder. The function and regulation of the heart and blood vessels, cellular structure and function, electrical activity and cardiovascular integration and adaptation are also discussed.

Prerequisite: CVT 102

CVT 203 Vascular

4 Semester Credits

This course provides an understanding of the use of duplex ultrasound to investigate the extra-cranial circulation of the brain, and arterial and venous circulation of the upper and lower extremities. Normal and pathological conditions are discussed in correlation with physical and clinical findings. Student actively participates in laboratory scanning in the student lab. Lab sessions include experience and competency testing in vascular sonography. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the class.

Prerequisites: CVT 102 and CVT 106

Note: For students starting the CVT program effective Fall 2016, the Prerequisites are: CVT 102, CVT 106, ENG101.

CVT 204 Echocardiography I 4 Semester Credits

This course is designed to introduce Cardiovascular Technology students to the foundations of Echocardiography, and provides discussions on cardiac ultrasound and its use in the evaluation of normal cardiac anatomy and physiology. Students learn and practice echocardiographic scanning protocols. Basic machine mechanics, basic physics as related to ultrasound, two dimensional, M-mode, Doppler, and Color Doppler techniques are covered.

Prerequisites: CVT 102 and CVT 106

CVT 205 Echocardiography II

4 Semester Credits

This course focuses on advanced pathophysiology, including stress echo, trans-esophageal, is- chemic and congenital heart diseases. The student learns to determine the presence of cardiac diseases and pathology as seen during an echocardiographic exam. A review of various medical and surgical treatments used in the care of patients with cardiac disease is included. Basic ma- chine mechanics and physics as related to each Echo examination are also covered. The laboratory component of this course focuses on laboratory experiences covering advanced echocardiography studies with Doppler interpretation.

Prerequisite: CVT 204

CVT 210 Cardiovascular Technology Externship

14 Semester Credits

This course provides clinical experiences which allow the student to perform a noninvasive adult echocardiography exam under the direct supervision of a qualified technologist and/or physician. The clinical site may be a laboratory in a hospital, imaging facility, and/or private office setting. At the start of the semester, the course will meet for a one day classroom orientation session. During the orientation day, students will be instructed on professional behavior expected in a lab, including attendance, and dress code. At the end of the clinical rotation, student prepares and present a case encountered during clinical rotation to current CVT students and/or CVT faculty.

Prerequisite: All CVT courses