PCHCS Handbook 2023-2024

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS)—Department of Health Science 2023–2024 167 Bachelor of Science—Cardiovascular Sonography (B.S.—CVS) This entry-level course of study is designed to prepare students in the field of cardiovascular sonography. The cardiovascular sonography program includes on-campus lectures; extensive, hands-on training in our ultrasound laboratory; online courses; and a 12-month focused or combined externship in a clinical or hospital-based setting. The graduating student will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiovascular Sonography (B.S.—CVS). Students will take a combination of general courses in the health science field and focused core courses in the cardiovascular technology field. In the second year of the program, the student will complete a more than 1,600-hour clinical training program while continuing to take online courses. The student may have the option to perform the clinical externship in a vascular, adult echo, or combined vascular/echo clinical experience, based upon the student’s interests and upon the student’s demonstrated competencies in the didactic year. Upon graduation, the student will be eligible to sit for professional registry exams based upon completion of program and clinical requirements. Academic Promotions and Progression • Academic Progress: For each course offered within the program, contact information for that course will be available in the syllabus of the course. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their professors and/or lab instructors regarding any issues affecting academic progress. Students are also strongly encouraged to contact the program director, if necessary. • Academic Progress in Clinical Externships: Clinical externships are assessed on criteria outlined in the syllabi for these courses. Failure to meet the requirements for any of these criteria may result in failure for the externship term, with similar consequences as for failure of any didactic course including possible dismissal from the program. • Course Progression: The B.S.—CVS is a lockstep program. The sequence of the courses has been thoughtfully determined. Progression from one term to the next is based on the successful completion of the courses offered in prior terms. The progress of each student through the curriculum requires continuous satisfactory academic performance. To complete the sonography program, students must successfully complete the core sonography courses in the time and sequence that they are offered. Students who receive a final course grade of less than a C, after remediation in any core sonography didactic course, will be referred to the CSP and may be dismissed from the program. The following are considered core courses: Ultrasound Physics I, Introduction to Cardiovascular Instruments, Correlative Imaging and Anatomy, Abdominal Vascular Testing, Peripheral Vascular Testing I, Peripheral Vascular Testing II, Echocardiography I, Echocardiography II, Echocardiography III, and Cerebrovascular Testing. The following are also core courses, however, remediation is not available: Externship I, Externship II, and Externship III. • Academic Progress in the Program: Students enrolled in the B.S.—CVS program with the M.H.Sc. dual option, who withdraw or are dismissed from the cardiovascular sonography program, will automatically be withdrawn from all M.H.Sc. courses. Students who meet the M.H.Sc. admissions requirements will need to apply directly to the M.H.Sc. program if they wish to continue to earn the M.H.Sc. degree.