certificate program will be implemented
in a hybrid format with online lectures (via Blackboard) and lab sessions as
well as final assessments on-campus (Davie) before graduation. The certificate will
start in May 2014 and follow an annual
three-semester calendar over a period of one year.
The didactic material will be delivered online
using different formats including power point presentations, video-clips, case
studies, as well as discussions. Assessment will be based on quizzes, exams,
The on-campus portion of this hybrid format
will be based on evening lab sessions through the week and/or weekend hours in
order to accommodate the target population of already working sonographers
expected for this program. Assessments will include one-to-one evaluations done
by qualified faculty members.
It is expected that for each hybrid course,
students would spend a minimum of two hours in the lab per week and 5 hours
studying the material online. For a 16week course this amounts to 80 hours of
online work and 32 hours in the lab. Please note additional lab sessions will
be available on a voluntary basis.
During the clinical externship, the students
will attend a cardiac ultrasound clinical site approved by the program.
Assessment of this segment of the certificate will be based on recording of
clinical hours via Chronotek or system in place, submission of case study logs,
clinical mentor evaluations, and one week/weekend of on-campus lab sessions and
evaluations. These evaluations will be proctored by program faculty who will
make sure learning objectives and required skills are obtained and mastered.
All clinical mentors
credentials will be verified with the ARDMS, or CCI and all clinical sites will
be vested by faculty as well.
This three-term program is integrated into a
lock-step format and must be completed sequentially during a period of one year
and following the rules as determined in the Student Handbook for the College
of Health Care Sciences.
hybrid certificate program is offered to Florida
students. Special consideration will be given to alumni from the NSU Vascular
Sonography who may be interested in pursuing the Adult Echocardiography
credential whenever the requirements above mentioned are fulfilled and at the
discretion of the Program Director.
Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology - Hemodynamics
Ultrasound Physics in Echocardiography
Introduction to Adult Echocardiography I/Lab
TOTAL CREDITS (9)
Adult Echocardiography II/Lab
Pharmacology and ECG
Clinical Applications I
Clinical Externship I
TOTAL CREDITS (18)
Adult Echocardiography III/Lab
Clinical Applications II
Clinical Externship II
TOTAL CREDITS (15)
Total credits: 42
Curriculum Description - General and Vascular Sonography Core Courses
Anatomy and Physiology - Hemodynamics
This course is designed to review the cardiovascular
thoracic anatomy and physiology, as well as the main concepts of hemodynamic.
This course will focus in embryology and the cardiac development, normal
anatomy, physiology, and main hemodynamic concepts.
Physics in Echocardiography
This course will focus on the main principles
and instrumentation of Ultrasound Physics as it applies to the practice of
echocardiographic studies. The students will have the opportunity to become
proficient in 2D, M-Mode, Pulse Doppler, Continuous Doppler, Color Doppler,
Tissue Doppler, etc as it pertains to the evaluation of the heart and great
blood vessels. The students will also review concepts about artifacts, safety,
and bioeffects in echocardiography.
to Adult Echocardiography I/Lab
This course is designed to introduce students
into the scanning techniques in adult echocardiography, developing proficiency
in the performance of M-Mode, Two-dimensional, and Doppler (pulsed wave,
continuous wave, color flow and power) echocardiographic studies. The students
will learn, understand, and work on developing proficiency in the use of
quantification principles applied to echocardiographic images. The course will
be primarily taught in the ultrasound laboratory in small groups, supplemented by
This course is designed to give the students
in depth knowledge and understanding of cardiac pathology, Pathophysiology, and
hemodynamics in different in different types of cardiac disease. The course
will be primarily delivered online, hands-on in the cardiac laboratory
on-campus and by direct observation during the clinical externship or clinical
sites where students are completing their clinical hours.
course is designed to be a progression of AE I and AEII and will introduce the
students into the more clinical aspects of the practice of echocardiography.
Students will learn and be able to understand the relationship of
echocardiography to history and medical examination, differential diagnosis
related to the echocardiographic examination, cardiovascular surgery, and
interventional cardiology. Besides, this course will give knowledge and promote
understanding of the indications, utility, limitations, and technical
procedures for related studies: Stress echocardiography, Intraoperative
echocardiography, Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), Contrast
echocardiography, Three-dimensional echocardiography, and Echo-guided
procedures. This course will be based on lectures and educational material
online while the students are attending the clinical externship or clinical
sites where students are completing their clinical hours.
and Electrocardiography (ECG)
course is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and understanding
of clinical pharmacology as it relates to echocardiography and provocative
maneuvers. The students will obtain knowledge and practice skills on how to
obtain, read, and interpret an electrocardiographic tracing (ECG) recognizing
normal from abnormal. This course will be delivered online and will have
training periods during the lab sessions on campus. Students will develop skills
by performing multiple ECG reading exercises.
course is oriented to train students to recognize critical elements in the
echocardiographic study and to interpret /relate them properly to further the
echocardiographic study in search for other potential findings that may
contribute to confirm, rule out, or expand a cardiac condition. This course
will be based on clinical cases, video-clips, article review, etc., and board
course will further the development of critical thinking applied to clinical
cardiology and the echocardiographic findings and the relationship with other
diagnostic, therapeutic modalities. This course will be based on clinical
cases, video-clips, article review, etc., and board discussions.
externship I (16 weeks)
students will be assigned to a clinical site with a high volume of
echocardiographic exams where they will be able to observe and begin performing
a number of echocardiographic studies under the direct supervision of a
qualified cardiac sonographer or physician. Students will attend their clinical
externship completing twenty-four hours per week for the length of the term (16
weeks) (384 clinical hours).
Externship II (18 weeks)
This is a continuation of the Clinical
Externship II and it is designed to provide the students with further clinical
experience in their assigned clinical settings. By the end of this course
students will complete 432 clinical hours.