2014-15 Catalog

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

 Advanced Certificate

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/diagnostic-cardiac-sonography

Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program curriculum consists of 16 months of intensive, integrated didactic and clinical coursework designed to prepare graduates to create diagnostic images and data of the heart and vascular structures in hospitals, clinics, and other diagnostic imaging facilities. A cardiac sonographer is a highly skilled health care professional who uses complex ultrasound equipment producing high-frequency sound waves to create diagnostic images and data to diagnose cardiovascular disease.

 

Eligibility Requirements  

1. Graduation from high school or equivalent

2. Allied Health Education in Radiologic Technology:

  • Graduate of a nationally accredited Radiologic Technology program in the United States with a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Post-secondary course work in Physics, Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Biomedical Ethics, and patient care must be documented. In addition two years of high school Algebra or MAT 099 must be documented.

NOTE: Students who are required to have Anatomy and Physiology I and II must complete both of these courses at the same institution in order to receive credit for these courses.

OR

Other Allied Health Education:

  • Graduates of a nationally accredited 24-month patient care-related allied health program in the United States with a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Examples of eligible professionals include Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Associate Degree Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy.
  • Post-secondary course work equivalent to General Physics (PHY 151 & 152), Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 211 & 212), Medical Terminology (MDT 100), Biomedical Ethics (PHL 103) & patient care must be documented. In addition two years of high school Algebra or MAT 099 must be documented. NOTE: Students who are required to have Anatomy and Physiology I and II must complete both of these courses at the same institution in order to receive credit for these courses.
  • Proof of current professional registration, licensure, or certification is required

OR

Baccalaureate Degree:

  •  Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university, or equivalent as evaluated by a formal credentials evaluation mechanism with a 2.7 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Post-secondary course work equivalent to General Physics (PHY 151 & 152), Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 211 & 212), Medical Terminology (MDT 100), and Biomedical Ethics (PHL 103) must be documented. In addition, two years of high school Algebra or MAT 099 and 100 hours of extensive, direct patient care must be documented. NOTE: Students who are required to have Anatomy and Physiology I and II must complete both of these courses at the same institution in order to receive credit for these courses.
  • Sonography program curriculum does not include basic patient care course work due to the program length and concentrated sonography curriculum. Direct patient care experience is necessary to ensure a level of proficiency needed to be successful in the program. The didactic component of the program requires the candidate to focus specifically on sonography-related skills and, therefore, basic patient care skills are required upon admission.
  • Patient care course requirements may be met by satisfactory completion of EMT.101.
  • Clinical experience must involve recent (within 5 years) extensive direct patient contact of at least 100 hours. Submission of a Verification of Patient Care Experience form with your direct supervisor’s contact information is required for the application process.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Complete a general application for admission to the College - http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll
  2. Submit official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary educational institutions.
    Complete HOBET, including the areas of Reading Skills and Math Skills. Testing must be within six months of the appropriate application deadline.
  3. Attend a mandatory information meeting with program personnel to discuss the program format.
    Submit verification of Patient Care Experience form (required from all candidates without an allied health background).
  4. Complete an application for the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program. (Program applications are available from the program advisor).

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited and is determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) include: Blackhawk, Heartland, Illinois Central, Illinois Valley, John Wood, Lincoln Land, Parkland, Richland, Sauk Valley, Scott (IA), Southeastern (IA), and Spoon River.

Student selection is based on course work, GPA, and HOBET scores. From the pool of applicants, those who are considered most qualified for the study and practice of sonography will be admitted. Candidates with allied health backgrounds will be given first priority on available classroom and clinical slots. Practicing sonographers seeking formal didactic instruction may seek enrollment in the classroom-only portions of the program, and may enroll with instructor permission without completing the formal application process.

Application forms and materials for Fall will be accepted February 15 through June 15 for review. Applications will be accepted from May 1 through September 1 for the Spring start in January. Applicants will be notified in writing within 2 weeks of the deadline of admission status. Students who are admitted to the DCS program must pay a $100 acceptance fee when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place in the program. For the student fully admitted to the program, the $100 will be applied towards the first semester tuition. Students who accept their seat and drop for any reason will forfeit their money.

Future program starting dates are:

  • Spring 2015
  • Fall 2016

NOTE: This program requires a criminal background check, health evaluation including proof of immunity, a 10-panel drug screen, and CPR certification prior to entering radiologic technology classes. Findings on the criminal background check, health evaluation and/or drug screen may prevent the applicant from entering the program.

Notice to Applicants of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program:

Your personal history may affect your ability to be certified as a registered sonographer. The ARDMS reserves the right to take action against an applicant, candidate, or Registrant in case of conviction, plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any crime. If you are presently charged with, or been convicted or found guilty of or plead nolo contendere to any crime (felony and/or misdemeanor),other than a speeding or parking violation you may wish to seek clarification from the ARDMS as to how it pertains to your circumstances. In addition the application for ARDMS certification asks the following questions: 1. Have you ever been subject to revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action by a: (1) state licensing board, (2) state or Federal agency, (3) national professional association? 2. Are you currently charged with or have you ever been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere, to any crime? A response of “yes” to any of the above may result in a delay or denial of certification. Questions regarding eligibility for ARDMS certification may be directed to:

ARDMS
51 Monroe St.
Plaza East One
Rockville, MD 20850-2400
1-800-541-9754
www.ARDMS.org/legal

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.,
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

Advanced Certificate

Fall Start

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
RDT.262Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging 3
DMS.250Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation 1 2
DCS.256Cardiac Sonography 1 4
DCS.257Cardiac Sonography Practicum 1 6
Spring Semester
DMS.284Advanced Physics & Instrumentation II 2
DCS.266Cardiac Sonography II 4
DCS.267Cardiac Sonography Practicum II 6
Summer Session
DCS.276Cardiac Sonography III 4
DCS.277Cardiac Sonography Summer Practicum 4.5
Second Year
Fall Semester
DCS.286Cardiac Sonography IV 4
DCS.278Cardiac Image Interpretation & Critique 2
DCS.287Cardiac Sonography Practicum III 6
 Total Program Hours: 47.5

Spring Start

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
RDT.262Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging 3
DMS.250Ultrasound Physics & Instrumentation 1 2
DCS.256Cardiac Sonography 1 4
DCS.257Cardiac Sonography Practicum 1 6
Summer Session
DCS.266Cardiac Sonography II 4
DCS.277Cardiac Sonography Summer Practicum 4.5
Fall Semester
DMS.284Advanced Physics & Instrumentation II 2
DCS.276Cardiac Sonography III 4
DCS.267Cardiac Sonography Practicum II 6
Second Year
Spring Semester
DCS.286Cardiac Sonography IV 4
DCS.278Cardiac Image Interpretation & Critique 2
DCS.287Cardiac Sonography Practicum III 6
 Total Program Hours: 47.5

NOTE:  Students enrolled in the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program must complete all DCS, DMS and RDT courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to be eligible to register for subsequent courses.  In order to graduate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better. 

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Jodi McGivern
Instructor, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

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Courses

DCS.256 Cardiac Sonography 144

This course introduces the student to the field of diagnostic cardiac sonography and its role in health care delivery. Students will be oriented to both the academic and administrative structure of the program and its clinical affiliates. An introduction to basic skills and an understanding of cardiac medical terminology, pharmacology and monitoring will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to the anatomy and function of the heart, the peripheral venous and arterial systems and their associated structures. This class is vital to an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system and how it relates to cardiac function. Exam protocols, imaging techniques, standard imaging views for an adult, and echocardiographic examination will be covered. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.257 Cardiac Sonography Practicum 1306

This practicum course involves supervised clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. This course builds on knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in DCS 257. Students will demonstrate an increased degree of competency in performing cardiac imaging procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. In addition the student will be required to perform basic imaging and technical competencies. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.266 Cardiac Sonography II44

This continuation course of DCS 256 addresses cardiac pathology in the adult patient and its effect on the human system. Causes, symptoms, and treatments of cardiac diseases will be discussed. The effects of cardiovascular disease are correlated with changes seen on images in a clinical setting. Imaging and Doppler techniques used in the evaluation of cardiac pathology and diagnosis will be presented. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Take DCS.256 or consent of instructor.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.267 Cardiac Sonography Practicum II306

This practicum course involves supervised clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. This course builds on knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in DCS 257. Students will demonstrate an increased degree of competency in performing cardiac imaging procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. In addition the student will be required to perform basic imaging and technical competencies. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.276 Cardiac Sonography III44

This continuation course of DCS 266 further studies pathology of the adult heart. Cardiac hemodynamic measurements and formulas will be covered. Students will be introduced to advanced imaging techniques used in the lab to investigate various cardiac disease states. Additional techniques used in a progressive clinical environment and future applications in the field will be explored. In addition, students will be introduced to various professional governing agencies and explore avenues for professional growth and development. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Take DCS.266 or consent of instructor
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.277 Cardiac Sonography Summer Practicum224.5

This summer practicum course involves 4 days per week of supervised clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics and/or imaging centers. This extensive clinical rotation provides students with the opportunity to further refine their skills in performing cardiac sonography procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.278 Cardiac Image Interpretation & Critique22

This course provides students with an opportunity for further study in the recognition of pathological conditions as demonstrated sonographically. Case studies will be presented and reviewed in the examination categories covered. Disease-specific imaging protocols will be discussed in addition to analysis of the technical quality of the examination. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.286 Cardiac Sonography IV44

This continuation course of DCS 276 further studies clinical applications of cardiac sonography including an overview of pediatric and fetal echocardiography. This course will also provide students with an understanding of additional modalities used for diagnostic imaging of the human heart including nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance computed tomography, and cardiac catheterization. Students will also be provided with review sessions to prepare for certification exams. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

DCS.287 Cardiac Sonography Practicum III306

This practicum course involves clinical experience in affiliate hospitals, clinics, and/or imaging centers. This extensive clinical rotation provides students with the opportunity to further refine their skills in performing basic cardiac imaging procedures and analyzing the technical quality of the examination. Advanced scanning procedures, methods and experience are also provided in this course. Students will integrate patient history and physical finding to determine the appropriate course for the diagnostic exam. Continued development and demonstration of an increasing level of competence relating to critical thinking skills and problem solving in the clinical area will be developed. Students will demonstrate an increasing level of speed and efficiency in performing exams. Successful completion of professional and technical scanning proficiencies are required. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

jodi mcgivern
instructor, diagnostic cardiac sonography