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Cardiovascular Technology

Program Advisor Contact Information

Pat Thomas
Phone: (706) 774-5044
Email: pthomas@uh.org

Purpose Statement: To provide quality education opportunities to meet the health care needs as they relate to Cardiovascular Technology and to upgrade the technical and professional standards of Cardiovascular Technology through education and personal growth. The curriculum is designed to educate persons toward certification as entry level Cardiovascular Technologist.

Goals: Students will be clinically competent in performing cardiovascular procedures with proficiency, passing the national certification exam and become an entry level technologist

  1. Students will have skills needed to problem solve in their work environment and careers
  2. Student will communicate effectively by demonstrating effective verbal and written skills with patients, healthcare employees and physicians.
  3. Student will exhibit professionalism, and have acceptable work habits to fill the needs of the healthcare community and become independent, productive cardiovascular technologist during the final semester and upon graduating from the cardiovascular program.
Prgram Description: The Cardiovascular Technology Program is an Associate Degree program of Augusta Technical College and University Health Care System’s Harry T. Harper, Jr., M.D., School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology. The off-campus site is centered at the Heart and Vascular Institute at University Health Care System. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program.

The Cardiovascular Technology program provides learning opportunities to develop academic, technical, professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition and retention. The CVT program provides direct patient care and is responsible for accurately preforming quality diagnostic and interventional procedures. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary to become a Cardiovascular Technologist. In order to begin the clinical requirements, which occurs in the spring semester, students must complete a yearly tuberculosis skin test, supply proof of immunization, undergo a yearly flu shot, undergo background check and submit to a drug screen test. All clinical assignments are within a 35-mile radius of the campus.

In the initial stages the program student well attend academic classes. Early on, the student selects one of the three specialties-Invasive Cardiac Catheterization, Adult Echocardiography or Non-invasive Vascular Technology - and spends the remainder of the 4 semesters completing academic and clinical phases of the specialty.
PROGRAM TRACKS:

Cardiac Catheterization technologist works with physicians in the cardiac catheterization laboratory to diagnose and treat heart patients. Cardiac Catheterization refers to the method of inserting small catheters through a needle to the blood vessels and into the heart so that x-rays, and angiograms and other recordings can be taken to determine the heart’s structure and function. As a member of the team the technologist serves as a surgical scrub assistant, monitors, the patient’s hemodynamics and physiologic conditions, circulates and administers mediation, lifesaving procedures as necessary and operates additional laboratory equipment.

Adult Echocardiography technologist diagnosis and treat patients with cardiac disease requiring skills and expertise to gain information with the use of high-energy sound waves (ultrasound). The technologist makes adjustments using imaging equipment to bring out the structure of the heart. The two and three dimensional real-time imaging may be performed so that the heart may be viewed and evaluate by visualizing actual blood flow through the chambers of the heart. Knowledge of the cardiac structures, physiology and pathophysiology is important if useful information is to be collected for diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

Non-Invasive Vascular technologist uses high-energy sound waves (ultrasound) to diagnose vascular diseases. The technologist are required to have in-depth knowledge of vascular anatomy, diseases and treatments. The veins and arteries of the extremities, cranium and abdomen images of obtained to evaluate for chronic atherosclerosis or sudden blockage caused by trauma or embolism. The scope of exams performed by vascular technologist is varied due to the many vessels and situations they are qualified to examine.
Accreditation: The program is accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs—Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology. Students take the National Certification in Cardiac or Vascular Technology before graduation.
Admission: Cardiovascular Technology is a competitive progression program. Students must complete all prerequisite courses (ENGL 1101, Humanities/Fine Arts Area Four [refer to page 126 for options] MATH 1111 or 1101, MATH 1127, PSYC 1101, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, PHYS 1110, and PHYS 1110L) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale by the designated deadline (page 15) to be evaluated for program progression. The program progression processes determines the academic/ranking order for selection of students for progression to the courses with the CAVT, VAST, and ECHO prefixes. Students who are not selected for progression should consider a program change or resubmit an application by the designated deadline for the next progression term. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions Office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to page 14 for program related deadlines.
Employment Opportunities: Cardiovascular Technologists may pursue career opportunities within hospitals, physician offices, medical clinics, mobile outreach companies, cardiac equipment companies, or research groups.
Cardiovascular Program Outcomes (Invasive Cardiac Catheterization, Adult Echocardiography, Non-Invasive Vascular)

Invasive Cardiac Catheterization Outcomes
Years (2012, 2013, 2014) Graduates Benchmark > 70% retention (3-year average) Certification Exam ≥ 60% of total number of individuals attempting the examination pass (3-year average) CCI Exam Job Placement ≥ 70% positive placement (3-year average)
3 Year Average       83.33%       85.71%       100%


Adult Echocardiology Outcomes
Years (2012, 2013, 2014) Graduates Benchmark > 70% retention (3-year average) Certification Exam ≥ 60% of total number of individuals attempting the examination pass (3-year average) ARDMS-RDCS Exam Job Placement ≥ 70% positive placement (3-year average)
3 Year Average       81.25%       100%       92.31%


Non-Invasive Vascular Outcomes
Years (2012, 2013, 2014) Graduates Benchmark > 70% retention (3-year average) Certification Exam ≥ 60% of total number of individuals attempting the examination pass (3-year average) ARDMS-RVT Exam Job Placement ≥ 70% positive placement (3-year average)
3 Year Average       62.50%       100%       100%
CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE


Offered at the Augusta Campus
Entrance Dates: Fall
Length of Program: Seven Terms
Credit Hours Required for Graduation:
      •Cardiac Catheterization Specialization 98
      •Echocardiography 99
      •Vascular 100

      Curriculum Outline
            General Core Courses (18 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric       3
MATH 1101 or
MATH 1111
Mathematical Modeling or
College Algebra
      3
MATH 1127 Statistics       3
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts Area IV Options       3
SPCH 1101* Public Speaking       3
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology       3
 
            Occupational Courses (17 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
ALHS 1090* Medical Terminology       2
BIOL 2113 and
BIOL 2113L
Anatomy and Physiology I and
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
      3
      1
BIOL 2114 and
BIOL 2114L
Anatomy and Physiology II and
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
      3
      1
PHYS 1110 and
PHYS 1110L
Conceptual Physics and
Conceptual Physics Lab
      3
      1
COMP 1000* Introduction to Computers       3
 
            Common Occupational Courses (16 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
CAVT 1030 Electrophysiology I & Anatomy       4
ECHO 1550 Professional Development       1
CAVT 1100 Cardiac Catheterization Fundamentals       3
CAVT 1090 Drug Calculations and Administration       2
ECHO 1100 Echocardiography Fundamentals       3
VAST 1100 Vascular Fundamentals       3

*Fall 2016 candidates for progression will not be required to take SPCH 1101, ALHS 1090, and COMP 1000. The occupational courses listed below will be completed by students in all program tracks after acceptance for program progression.

      Specializations
            Cardiac Catheterization (47 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
CAVT 1080 Advanced Hemodynamics & Cardiac Physiology       4
CAVT 1020 Cardiac Catheterization 1       4
CAVT 1021 Cardiac Catheterization Clinical 1       3
CAVT 1002 Medical Physics       2
CAVT 2020 Cardiac Catheterization 2       4
CAVT 2030 Cardiac Cath Clinical 2       6
CAVT 2040 Cardiac Catheterization 3       4
CAVT 2050 Cardiac Cath Clinical 3       7
CAVT 2070 Cardiac Catheterization Registry Review 1       1
CAVT 2060 Cardiac Cath Clinical 4       11
CAVT 2040 Cardiac Catheterization Registry Review 2       1
 
            Echocardiology (50 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
CAVT 1080 Advanced Hemodynamics & Cardiac Physiology       4
ECHO 1310 Echocardiography 1       4
ECHO 1360 Echocardiography Clinical 1       1
DMSO 1040 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation       4
ECHO 1320 Echocardiography 2       4
ECHO 13700 Echocardiography Clinical 1       6
DMSO 1080 Sonographic Physic Registry Review       1
ECHO 2310 Echocardiography 3       4
ECHO 2360 Echocardiography Clinical 3       8
ECHO 2370 Echocardiography Clinical 4       11
ECHO 2400 Echocardiography Registry Review       1
 
            Vascular (49 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
VAST 1040 Vascular 1       4
VAST 1050 Vascular Clinical 1       1
DMSO 1040 Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation       4
DMSO 1020 Sectional Anatomy       5
VAST 2050 Vascular 2       4
VAST 2060 Vascular Clinical 2       6
DMSO 1080 Sonographic Physic Review       1
VAST 2070 Vascular 3       4
VAST 2080 Vascular Clinical 3       8
VAST 2090 Vascular Clinical 4       11
VAST 2100 Vascular Registry Review       1

NOTES:


  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses.
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  • Students must have received a grade of a “C” or less in order to retake a course for ranking purposes. The first grade and the retake grade(s) will be averaged to determine the grade used for ranking purposes.
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  • A student who receives a grade of less than a “C” in two or more prerequisite courses is not eligible for program progression/admission. This includes less than a “C” in the same or a different course. This includes courses taken under any program of study at Augusta Technical College.
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  • If a student makes less than a “C” in a prerequisite course that includes a lab, this will be counted as “one” academic failure or unsuccessful attempt. The student will be required to retake the component (lab or theory) in which a grade of less than a “C” was awarded in order to meet the prerequisite requirement. The theory letter grade will be averaged with the corresponding letter grade in lab to determine the final letter grade for ranking purposes.
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  • Unsuccessful course attempts that led to ineligibility for competitive progression evaluation will expire after five years.
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  • Prior to participation in campus/clinical labs, students are required to submit completed medical and dental examination forms. All required immunizations, including Hepatitis B, must be accompanied by documentation. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
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  • A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in one course with the ALHS, CAVT, DMSO, ECHO, or VAST prefixes will be suspended from the program for one year. A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any two courses with these prefixes will not be allowed to re-enter the Cardiovascular Technology Program.
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  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen may be required by some agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
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  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a cardiovascular technologist.
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  • Natural Science and ALHS prefix courses older than 5 years will not be considered for program progression evaluation. Students will need to retake these courses to become eligible for program progression evaluation.