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Diagnostic Medical Cardiac Sonographer Certification

Diagnostic Medical Vascular Sonographer Certification

Become a Certified Diagnostic Medical Cardiac Sonographer

The need for trained diagnostic professionals is growing at a fast rate. Working sonographers already registered in vascular or and general who are interested in becoming more competitive in the workforce can now prepare for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) Cardiac Registry Board exam at HCC.

Diagnostic Medical Cardiac Training at HCC

This certificate program, offered in partnership with HCC’s Division of Health Sciences, takes about four months to complete. The program is offered twice annually with the next course starting in March 2020. Registered Sonographers that successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS Cardiac Registry Board Exam.

DMCS Program Coursework

The DMCS Certificate Program’s didactic portion is administer solely through online courses.

  • Adult Echocardiography II

    The Cardiac Ultrasound I course objectives align with the National Education Curriculum for Sonography (NEC) provided by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).  

    Course Objectives
    At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    Identify

    • Challenges in imaging prosthetic and bio-prosthetic valves.
    • Complications related to various heart disease.
    • The indications for echocardiography.

    Describe

    • Key echocardiographic findings associated with Valvular Heart Disease (VHD).

    Discuss

    • The anatomic structures of the heart and their function related to the cardiovascular system.

    Illustrate

    • The blood vessels of the human body from the aorta through body tissues and back to the right heart.
    • The flow of blood through the heart chambers and valves, beginning at the vena cava and returning to the heart.

    Understand

    • The protocol for the basic views of the heart.
    • Proper technique for conducting M-mode tracing of the heart with measurement.
    • Routine 2D views and protocols for the heart and compare them with cardiac anatomy.
    • Clinical data and test results.
    • Patient preparation for echocardiography examinations.
  • Adult Echocardiography I


    The Cardiac Ultrasound II course objectives align with the National Education Curriculum for Sonography (NEC) provided by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). 

    Course Objectives
    At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    Identify:

    • The challenges in imaging prosthetic and bio-prosthetic valves.

    Describe:

    • Echocardiographic criteria used for evaluating tumors.
    • Echocardiographic findings associated with altered electrical activation, Valvular Heart Disease (VHD), cardiac involvement in systemic disease, and various types of congenital heart disease.
    • Common surgical repairs seen in the adult patient.
    • The purpose of stress echocardiography.
    • The purpose and protocol of Transesophageal echocardiography
    • Clinical indications and contraindications for the use of contrast
    • Clinical setting and application of advanced techniques/procedures

    Discuss:

    • The clinical signs and symptoms associated with congenital heart disease.
    • The echocardiographic features associated with various cardiomyopathies.

    Explain:

    • The pathophysiology and hemodynamics of cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis.
    • How the segmental approach is utilized to identify and characterize congenital heart disease.

    Understand:

    • The complications associated with myocardial infarction.
    • The relationship between ventricular wall segments and coronary artery distribution.
    • The difference between the indications of exercise versus pharmacologic stress echocardiography.
    • The clinical indications for 3D/4D echocardiography.
    • The parameters used in qualitative and quantitative assessment of valvular heart disease.
    • The correlation between ventricular wall segments and coronary artery distribution.
  • ARDMS SPI Registry Review

    This course aligns with the National Education Curriculum for Sonography (NEC) provided by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS).

    Course Objectives
    Students will review:

    • Physics Principles
    • Ultrasound Transducers
    • Pulse-echo Instrumentation
    • Hemodynamics
    • Doppler Principles
    • Quality Assurance
    • Patient Care
  • How to Apply

    Technology Requirements

    The following technology is required for this program:

    • Computer or laptop
    • Active email address
    • Internet Browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari)
    • Microsoft Office

    Application Requirements

    To be eligible for the healthcare certificate program the following criteria must be met:

    - You must currently be registered with ARDMS, CCI, or ARRT.

    For example, you are eligible to apply if you are already a current Registered Cardiac Sonography seeking to obtain your RVT or current RDMS seeking to obtain your RVT.

    The next class will begin March 2020. Registration forms will begin January 2020.

    Applications are available now, click here to apply.

     

 

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