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Echocardiography Certificate

Certificate Number 905262

The Echocardiography certificate is offered to prepare the learner for meeting the work standards required for performing high quality cardiac ultrasound procedures in the community at clinics, offices, and hospitals. Certificate completers will be able to work with other members of the healthcare team in providing cardiac care.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Provide patient care and education.
. Apply principles of physics and instrumentation to sonography.
. Apply principles of anatomy and pathophysiology to sonography.
. Obtain high quality diagnostic sonographic images.
. Adhere to the professional code of ethics for sonographers.
. Communicate with members of the healthcare team.
. Adhere to universal precautions.
. Model professional behaviors and appearance.

Requirements for Certificate Entry:

. Completed and graduated from an accredited ultrasound program at the associate or bachelors level.
. -or-
. Successfully become a registrant in ultrasound with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) or The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) through the respective registry examination process.
. -and-
. Actively and currently employed as a sonographer with the opportunity to collect personal experience in performing echocardiography under the supervision of a cardiologist or interpreting provider.

Board/Certification Examinations

Individuals completing this certificate will be eligible to apply for candidacy to the ARDMS Echocardiography exam for the RDCS credential.

Curriculum

Catalog No. Description Credits

10-526-121 Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology
3
10-526-125 Echocardiography Clinical Perf
3
10-526-124 Echocardiography Pathology & C
2
10-526-122 Echocardiography Physics & Ins
3
10-526-120 Echocardiography 1
4
10-526-123 Echocardiography 2
3

Certificate Total
18

Course Descriptions

10-526-121 Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology...study of the human heart in cross-sectional planes and as a three-dimensional anatomical structure with mechanical and hemodynamic characteristics. Learners will explore the physiology of the heart and common methods of physiologic assessment. (Prerequisite: accepted into Echocardiography certificate)

10-526-125 Echo Clinical Performance...this assessment is designed to observe the sonographer in the active echocardiography lab, assess competencies learned throughout the certificate journey, and coach the sonographer on opportunities for success. (Prerequisites: 10-526-120, Echocardiography 1; 10-526-121, Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology; 10-526-122, Echo Physics & Instrumentation)

10-526-124 Echo Pathology & Case Review...explores cause and features of pathologies of the heart, commonly seen on echocardiography and prepares the sonographer for better appreciation of heart disease. (Prerequisites: 10-526-120, Echocardiography 1; 10-526-121, Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology; 10-526-122, Echo Physics & Instrumentation)

10-526-122 Echo Physics & Instrumentation...echocardiography physics and instrumentation is an essential background study of the creation of ultrasound waves and their use in making medical prepared images of the heart and related conditions. The learner becomes prepared to analyze acoustic properties of the image and make improvement in quality through adjustments made on the ultrasound device. (Prerequisite: accepted into Echocardiography certificate)

10-526-120 Echocardiography 1...this course includes an introduction to heart disease with the principles of echocardiographic technique, Doppler theory, instrumentation, and artifacts of the cross-sectional views, preparing the learner to perform echocardiograms. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Echocardiography certificate)

10-526-123 Echocardiography 2...prepares the cardiac sonographer to participate and practice more advanced techniques in echocardiography including TEE, stress echo, use of echo contrast, 3D, and other current applications. (Prerequisites: 10-526-120, Echocardiography 1; 10-526-121, Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology; 10-526-122, Echo Physics & Instrumentation)

For more information, please contact: The Health Sciences Department,(920) 498-5543 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 5543,or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.