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DMS 116C - Ultrasound Clinical 2/Cardiac

Credits: 4
240 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: DMS 104 , DMS 114C  and PHY 127  

This clinical course offers the student participation in the various steps involved in cardiac ultrasound examination of the patient. The student shares responsibility with the clinical instructor for scheduling, identifying and preparing the patient for examination. The student assures that patient preparation is properly followed for the given examination. Skills in scanning that have been developed in DMS 114C  Cardiac Clinical 1 and DMS 104  Cardiac Ultrasound are further advanced. Skills in patient scanning and examination progression are developed. The student gains skill and confidence in presenting the case to the interpreting physician. (The student is assigned to a full-time clinical experience over six weeks.) 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. Develop skills to interact independently with patients from initial greeting and preparation until completion of the echocardiogram examination.
  2. Employ scan skills to acquire the required 2-D, M-Mode and Doppler images for a normal echocardiogram examination.
  3. Relate guidelines from the American Society of Echocardiographers (ASE) to identify wall segments.
  4. Utilize scanning opportunities to improve image stabilization abilities.
  5. Exercise manipulation between pulse wave and continuous wave Doppler as the patient condition dictates.
Listed Topics
  1. Independent interaction with patients before and after the echocardiogram examination
  2. Exam protocols incorporating all of the components of 2-D, M-Mode and Doppler
  3. Techniques to enhance the quality of the echocardiogram.
Reference Materials
Textbooks, library resources, journals and student clinical manual.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 03/10/2014

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