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DMS 224C - Ultrasound Clinical 3/Cardiac

Credits: 6
360 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: DMS 116C  
Co-requisites: DMS 204 , DMS 210  

This clinical course offers the student progressively greater participation in the various steps involved in the cardiac ultrasound examination of the patient. The student will share with the clinical instructor responsibilities for scheduling, identifying, and preparing the patient for examination. The student will assure that patient preparation is properly followed for the given examination. Skills in scanning that have been developed in previous lecture/lab and clinical courses will be utilized. Progression of the examination will be performed by the student under direct supervision of the clinical instructor. Competencies in advanced echocardiographic techniques will be developed. Skill and confidence in presenting the echocardiographic examination to the interpreting physician will be developed. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Compile appropriate echocardiographic images and data for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disorders including: coronary artery disease, acquired valvular heart disease, endocarditis, pericarditis, myocarditis, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease and disease of the aorta.
  2. Scrutinize obtained echocardiographic data to assure that the exam was diagnostic for the written order of the examination.
  3. Combine information obtained from 2-D imaging with quantitative m-mode and Doppler values to indicate pathology of the heart.
  4. Compile the quantitative and qualitative echocardiographic information to grade the severity of indicated cardiac disease.
  5. Generate a report page that accurately depicts the level of cardiac function.
Listed Topics
  1. Abnormal cardiac anatomy and physiology
  2. Cardiac pharmacology
  3. Coronary artery disease
  4. Valvular heart disease
  5. Endocarditis, pericarditis and myocarditis
  6. Cardiac masses
  7. Cardiomyopathies
  8. Congenital heart disease
  9. Diseases of the aorta
  10. Traumatic heart disease
  11. Cardiac embryology
Reference Materials
Textbooks, library resources, journals and student clinical manual.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 5/18/2009
Last Reviewed: 2/14/2019

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