Cardiovascular Technology - Echocardiography Program
Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) is an allied health profession specifically concerning the noninvasive diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) disease. It is a multidisciplinary science requiring the technologist to be trained and educated in the basic and applied principles of several diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
Mercy College offers two Cardiovascular Technology associate degree programs:
• Cardiovascular Technology - Echocardiography
• Cardiovascular Technology - Peripheral Vascular
CVT Students are admitted to the program in the spring/summer with courses beginning in the fall semester (once a year). The number of students selected for admission each year is determined by the availability of space in the clinical facilities affiliated with the program.
The mission of the Cardiovascular Technology programs is to provide quality educational experiences that prepare individuals for entry-level positions in a non-invasive cardiovascular setting.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Technology Program, the graduate will be able to:
- Successfully complete the entry-level credentialing examination offered through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). (cognitive domain)
- Successfully complete advanced credentialing examinations offered through CCI and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). (cognitive domain)
- Demonstrate competence in ultrasound physics, instrumentation, tissue characteristics, measurements and calculations relating to cardiac and vascular anatomy and physiology. (cognitive domain)
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in performing non-invasive cardiovascular exams including; electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring and stress testing, as well as, echocardiograms and peripheral vascular studies. (psychomotor domain)
- Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the following: OSHA and HIPAA requirements, confidentiality obligations, professional conduct, code of ethics, dress code, scope of practice and technical standards. (affective domain)
- Perform exams using proper body mechanics to decrease muscle-skeletal injuries. (psychomotor domain)