Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option

Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Program Description
The Cardiovascular Technology program Non-Invasive Option provides the general education core, program specific courses, and the clinical practicum for a career as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer. The knowledge and skills acquired within the classroom and laboratory setting enhances the learning opportunities for the cardiovascular non-invasive student. Following the successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the registry examination to become a Registered Cardiac Sonographer through Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

The Cardiovascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

Application Procedure (General)
A student desiring to pursue the associate of applied science degree in Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option must:
1. Apply, meet the general admission requirements and be accepted by Northeast State Technical Community College.
2.  Indicate Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
3. See a faculty advisor from the Health-Related Professions Division area prior to registering for classes and obtain faculty approval to register.

Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option Program Requirements
The Cardiovascular Technology program has specific admission criteria, and admission to Northeast State does not guarantee admission to this program.  A student desiring admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option must complete all required general education courses listed in the typical program of study with a grade of "C" or higher.  A student must have attained an overall 2.0 grade point average.  Biological science courses previously taken must have been completed within the last 10 years.  A student desiring admission in the Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Option should contact the Health-Related Professions Division office at 423.323.0238.

Typical Program of Study
General Education Courses
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Course No.                   Course Title                                                            
BIOL 2010                       Anatomy and Physiology I  (credits-4)                                                          
BIOL 2020                       Anatomy and Physiology II (credits-4)                                                        
CHEM 1030                      Introduction to Chemistry  (credits-4)                                                      
ENGL 1010                      Composition I (credits-3)                                                                          
HRPR 1000                      Introduction to Health-Related Professions (credits-3)                               
MATH 1530                      Probability & Statistics  (credits-3)                                                     
PSYC 1310                      General Psychology (credits-3)                                                            
SPCH 1300                      Speech Communication  (credits-3)                                                     
                                         Elective Humanities/Fine Arts  (credits-3)                                                            

Semester I-Summer

CVTE 1002                      Hospital Policies, Safety, and Procedures (credits-1)                             
CVTE 2990                      Special Topics in Cardiovascular Technology (credits-2)                         
EMTP 1015                      Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (credits-1)                                            
HRPR 1100                      Medical Terminology for Health-Related Professions (credits-3)           

Semester II- Fall

CVTE 1000                      Physical Principles of Medicine (credits-2)                                            
CVTE 1010                      Cardiovascular Physiology I (credits-3)                                                
CVTE 1030                      Non-Invasive Instrumentation (credits-3)                                            
CVTE 1260                      Clinical Practicum I (credits-2)                                                             
CVTE 2030                      Cardiovascular Diagnostic Principles (credits-3)                                   

Semester III - Spring
CVTE 1040                       Cardiovascular Physiology II  (credits-3)                                              
CVTE 1110                       Cardiovascular Physiology III  (credits-3)                                             
CVTE 2040                       Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures (credits-3)                                           
CVTE 2050                       Vascular Diagnostic Procedures (credits-3)                                          
CVTE 2060                       Clinical Practicum II (credits-3)                                                           

Semester IV- Summer 
CVTE 2160                       Clinical Practicum III (credits-4)                                                          

Total Credit Hours - 69                                                                            

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics and reading.

Typical Job Opportunities
Non-Invasive/Echocardiography Technologists may be employed in physician's offices, diagnostic clinics, hospitals, medical centers, and will assist in exercise and stress testing laboratories.  Special emphasis for work in echocardiography labs, and vascular labs. Non-Invasive/Echocardiography Technology is specifically concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.

Five-Year Projected Job Increase Rate

Beginning Salary Range*

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For Further Information Contact:
Cynthia D. Norris, R.C.S.
Cardiovascular Technology Non-Invasive Instructor
Telephone:  423.354.2569
Fax:            423.245.5930
E-mail: cdnorris@NortheastState.edu

Connie Marshall, R.T. (R), R.C.I.S.
Program Director/Associate Professor
Telephone:  423.279.3680
Fax:            423.245.5930
E-mail: cmarshall@NortheastState.edu

Donald S. Coleman, Dean
Health-Related Professions
Telephone:  423.323.0238
Fax:            423.245.5930
E-mail: dscoleman@NortheastState.edu