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This program prepares students by academic and clinical training to provide patient services using diagnostic ultrasound to perform cardiac echo testing under the supervision of a doctor of cardiology. This program will prepare students to perform these skills in a variety of healthcare settings.

Essential Functions/Technical Requirements

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team.
  • Accurately provide patient education.
  • Utilize electronic equipment and medical record software.
  • Distinguish blood flow characteristics represented on color flow and Doppler.
  • Observe variations in skin color, integrity, pulsations, and auscultate heart sounds and blood pressure.
  • Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Respond appropriately to changes in the patients status before, during, and after therapy and/or procedures.
  • Operate equipment requiring fine-tuning and adjustment of controls to obtain quality images and flow patterns.
  • Obtain quality visual images (may require prolonged arm and body positions).
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the patient.
  • Transport heavy, wheeled equipment and patients in wheelchairs and/or stretchers.
  • Customize examination showing integration of diagnostic ultrasound images, laboratory results, patient history, and medical records.
  • Evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
  • Recognize and correct performance deviations in diagnostic imaging.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to provide patient care in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. unstable patient condition, patient in an altered mental state), emergent demands (i.e. stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, complex visual stimuli).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing, and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct guidelines, and clinical sites' policies and procedures.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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