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DMS 284 - Advanced Cardiac Ultrasound for Clinical Professionals

Credits: 4
4 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Participants must be a credentialed sonographer working at a Community College of Allegheny County Diagnostic Medical Sonography clinical affiliate and completed DMS 255 or DMS 104 .

This course is for ultrasound students specializing in echocardiography. Abnormal cardiac anatomy and physiology will be studied. M- mode, two-dimensional, continuous wave, pulsed wave, and color flow Doppler are correlated with pathologies. Echocardiographic tapes and case studies are presented and correlated with clinical features of cardiac pathology. Cardiac surgical procedures and pharmacology are studied.  This course requires a per credit health career fee; Check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.

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 exam.
  3. Correlate 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/materials as deemed appropriate by instructor
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/19/2019
Last Reviewed: 11/19/2019

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