Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
68 Hours

Cardiac Sonography Major

53 Hours
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CAS 1010
Noninvasive Cardiology
4

Provides an overview of non-invasive cardiac testing including EKG technology, use of the EKG machine and patient hook-up. EKG focus is on understanding and interpreting basic cardiac arrhythmias including sinus, atrial, junctional, and ventricular with an introduction to infarction and the 12-lead EKG. Additional topics include stress testing, blood pressure, auscultation, cardiac embryology, pacemakers and basic hemodynamics. Must complete with a B- or better.

CAS 1210
Introduction to Echocardiography
4

Provides an introduction to cardiac diseases, the field and history of cardiac sonography, including m-mode, 2D and cardiac Doppler. Basic machine controls, image acquisition, and basic physics principles will be covered. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
CAS 1010

CAS 2010
Cross Sectional Sonography
3

Presents information to students relative to both the normal body structure and the pathologic changes seen in the cardiac ultrasound imaging planes. This course will utilize textbook material, slides, scan planes, and various echo modes specific to the echocardiographic exam. Must complete with a B- or better.

CAS 2050
Clinical Affiliation I
6

Provides an opportunity for learning basic skills and the application of previous coursework within the cardiac echo setting. This rotation will focus on non-invasive testing procedures and the performance of a basic echo protocol. This course will require students to observe and practice while under supervision. Additional lab time is required for students to share clinical experiences and perform hands-on skills with other students. This is a 16 week clinical experience. 355 hours of clinical experience and 75 lab hours are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

CAS 2110
Cardiac Valve Disease in Sonography
3

Provides an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology as it related to ultrasound and cardiovascular disease with a focus on valvular disease and the aorta. Must complete with a B- or better.

CAS 2210
Cardiac Ventricular Disease in Sonography
3

Provides an in-depth study of human physiology as it related to ultrasound cardiovascular disease with a focus on pericardial and ventricular disease. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
CAS 2110

Concurrent requisite(s):
CAS 2310, CAS 2310L, CAS 2610

CAS 2310
Clinical Affiliation II
6

Provides a continued opportunity to enhance basic scanning skills and application of ongoing coursework within the cardiac echo setting. Requires students to observe and practice while under supervision. Additional lab time is required for students to share clinical experiences and perform hands-on skills with other students. This second echo rotation will focus on advanced skills and performing complete echo studies, including pathology protocols. This 16 week clinical experience. 355 hours of clinical experience and 75 lab hours are required. Students must achieve 80% or better in all coursework and 80% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
CAS 2050

Concurrent requisite(s):
CAS 2310, CAS 2310L, CAS 2610

CAS 2610
Advanced Disease and Technologies
3

Focuses on advanced cardiac ultrasound, congenital heart disease and provides an introduction to new technologies in the profession, including 3D ultrasound, contrast, stress echo and tissue Doppler technology. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
CAS 2210

Concurrent requisite(s):
CAS 2210, CAS 2310, CAS 2310L

HSC 1010
Introduction to Health Professions
2

Provides students with a foundation for college success, as well as the exploration of various health professions and tools for career planning. Emphasizes concepts of professionalism, health care ethics and confidentiality as well as an introduction to electronic health records (EHR) and relevant medical terminology.

HSC 1210
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3

Focuses on the essential study of the body and associated terminology with a view toward the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1211

HSC 1211
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform minimal dissections and explorations of main anatomical structures using models and virtual explorations to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relation to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

HSC 1250
Introduction to Disease
3

Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the study of diseases. Emphasis will be on the definition, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of specific diseases. This course will concentrate on clinical abstracting from the medical record.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210

HSC 1810
Acoustical Physics
4

Presents the fundamental principles of acoustical physics. This course will cover acoustical properties, instrumentation, transducer types and characteristics, Doppler principles, and biological effects. Must complete with a B- or better.

HSC 1850
Introduction to Sonography and Patient Care
3

Exposes allied health students to basic concepts of patient care that will confront them in the medical setting. Theory and practice will include such areas as medical ethics, legal concepts, infection control, microbiology, history taking, vital signs, dealing with emergencies, and patient positioning and transfer methods. Emphasis on the total patient is presented with regards to the patient's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Must complete with a B- or better.

HSC 2650
Cardiovascular Pharmacology
1

Provides theoretical foundation for the fundamental principles and concepts of pharmacotherapies and drug classifications. This course will focus on the drugs the sonographer will most likely encounter in the cardiovascular patient population. Must complete with a B- or better.

MTH 1120
College Algebra II
3

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points. The combination of MTH 1110 and MTH 1120 satisfy the MTA College Algebra Pathway.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

SCI 1210
Physics Concepts
1

Introduces various topics in physics. Motion, energy, and the dynamics of particles are investigated. The physical concepts of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion are explored as well as selected topics in atomic and nuclear physics.

General Education Requirements

15 Hours
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