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B.S. in Cardiovascular Sonography (B.S.-CVS)

Raise your potential to new heights and increase your skills as you earn credentials in echocardiography. Sonographers know how valuable they are in the diagnosis of heart and vascular disease, and they also realize that obtaining a bachelor's degree is important in this competitive field. Join us to earn your Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography.

What you’ll study
You'll study two of the most sought-after specialties in medical ultrasound technologies: Cardiac Sonography and Vascular Sonography. Extensive laboratory experience in sonography leads into an intensive professional externship. By the program's conclusion, you'll be able to perform adult echocardiography, and vascular ultrasound and physiological studies. You'll qualify to apply for national professional registry exams in both specialties.

How you’ll learn more
Your class of 24 students is united in the pursuit of professional excellence. Every student will enjoy one-on-one guidance from expert faculty members. An amazing 3-D echocardiography simulator, usually reserved for physician training, gives you an edge over traditional study. Hands-on laboratories help you perfect skills that you'll also develop through 12 months of a clinical externship.

Where it can take you
A career in cardiovascular sonography is stable and well compensated. You'll feel very confident taking the national exams based on our high percentage of passing rates.

Already have a bachelor's degree? Consider the option to gain the Master of Health Science degree while at NSU.

Tuition for 2015-2016 is $20,500 for the Bachelor of Science - Cardiovascular Sonography program and $23,375 for the concurrent M.H.Sc. option. In addition, there will be a $200 fee for the Sonography Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) examination. A Health Profession Division general access fee is required each year. An NSU student service fee of $900 is also required annually. An HPD student  general access fee of $145 is required each year. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

  • Acceptance Fee - $500: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Deposit - $250: This is due May 1st under the same terms as the Acceptance Fee.
  • Pre-registration Fee - $250: This is due July 15th for applicants under the same terms as the acceptance fee.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less the $1,000 previously paid, are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met.

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may avail themselves of the hospitalization insurance plan obtainable through the university.

Concurrent Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography with Master of Health Science option

Tuition for 2015-2016 (subject to change without notice) is $23,375 for the BS in Cardiovascular Sonography and concurrent Master's in Health Science. In addition, there will be a $200 fee for the Sonography Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) examination. A Health Profession Division general access fee is required each year. An NSU student service fee of $900 is also required annually.

  • Acceptance Fee - $500: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Deposit - $250: This is due within four weeks of an applicant's acceptance and the same terms apply as the Acceptance Fee.
  • Pre-registration Fee - $250: This is due within six weeks of an applicant's acceptance and the same terms apply as the Acceptance Fee.
  • University Technology Fee: This fee is not to exceed $100 when implemented.

Financial Aid

The primary financial responsibility for the student's education rests with the student and his or her family, but economic circumstances for some families may make it necessary for the student to obtain assistance from other sources.

For more information, please visit NSU's Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Prospective cardiovascular sonography students are selected by The Committee on Admissions (COA) through consideration of the overall qualities of the candidate. Individuals with diverse education, work, and life experience who have demonstrated the capacity to pursue the course of cardiovascular sonography will be admitted. Areas of consideration include application content, academic record, letters of evaluation and personal motivation. Upon receipt of the completed application, the COA will select applicants for interview. Applicants must be present for the interview (phone interviews are not acceptable) and expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

It should be noted that many criteria, in addition to credentials, play a role in the admission process for the program. While the program allows the student to demonstrate academic capability, it does not ensure admission to any professional school. Admission to the cardiovascular sonography program will not guarantee admission to any other program of Nova Southeastern University.

Upon receipt of the completed application, fees, credentials, transcripts, the admissions officers and the College of Health Care Sciences will review all material for evidence of the proper education, training, and background to enter the cardiovascular sonography course of study. The university reserves the right to modify any requirement individual basis as deemed necessary by the Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.

Prerequisites

In order to be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science-Cardiovascular Sonography, a student must have completed 30 semester hours of prerequisite education coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.60 on a 4.0 grading scale.

PREREQUISITES (TOTAL 30 CREDIT HOURS)
Arts & Humanities 6
Mathematics (at or above MATH 1040) 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
Written Composition (at or above COMP1500) 6
Science* 6

* Program-specific Science requirements are for 3 credits of Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits general Physics (with or without lab.)

Note: General education courses cannot be survey courses.

Preferred but not Required Course

  • Anatomy and Physiology II

Applicants for admission must submit or be responsible for the submission of:

  1. a completed application along with a $50 non-refundable application fee. Application is available online through "Request Info/Apply Now".
  2. two letters of evaluation from individuals (other than relatives) such as academic advisors, professors, clinical or non-clinical supervisors or community associates.
  3. official college, certificate and/or diploma-based from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, sent directly from the institution to the Enrollment Processing Services (EPS).
  4. Copies of national and/or state professional certification, license or registration, if applicable.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable), sent directly to NSU’s EPS.
  6. a current curriculum vitae (CV)
  7. Evaluation of coursework taken at foreign institutions for U.S. institutional equivalence (if applicable)*

Foreign coursework must be evaluated by one of the following services:

  • World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311
    www.wes.org
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: (305) 273-1616
    Fax: (305) 273-1338
    www.jsilny.com
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 415070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

A student-prepared learning portfolio requesting assessment of prior experience for academic credit (only for those graduates from programs other than those from regionally accredited colleges or universities).

All admissions information should be sent to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: Cardiovascular Sonography Program
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

The Office of Admissions works on rolling admissions basis. Applicants are accepted year round. To ensure that your application has received proper consideration, you should apply early.

The Committee on Admissions will not consider an application until all fees, credentials, transcripts and test scores have been received by the EPS.

The university reserves the right to modify any requirements on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.

The college reserves the right, and the student (by his or her act of matriculation) concedes to the college the right, to require his or her withdrawal at any time the college feels necessary to safeguard its standards of scholarship, conduct, and compliance with regulation, or for such other reasons that are deemed appropriate.

The dean and program director of the cardiovascular sonography program reserve the right to require the student's withdrawal at any time for the above-mentioned reasons.

Course Number Course Title Credits
BHS 3110 Health Care Ethics
This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand, evaluate and participate in ethical decision making.
3
BHS 3120 Introduction to Health Epidemiology
The purpose of this course is to introduce the history and development of epidemiology in relation to public health and disease. Communicable, epidemic and endemic as well as social disease will be discussed.
3
BHS 3130 Research and Design for Health Care / Research Design in Health Care
This course is designed as an introduction to critical analysis of research and medical literature as well as basic research methods. The course includes an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics and research design. Statistical and research concepts and procedures are combined with an emphasis on practical health care applications.
3
BHS 3150 Principles in Leadership
This course will provide an overview of numerous leadership theories to prepare the student for a leadership role in Health Care. The course will critically analyze the differences between leadership and management
3
BHS 3155 Conflict Resolution in Health Care
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the conflict and effective methods and strategies for reducing the incidence of workplace conflict including employee-employee conflict, supervisor subordinate conflict, patient-patient conflict and patient/client provider conflict.
BHS 3160 Health Policy
This course provides the student with a broad understanding of policy, how health care is organized, dispensed and how the practitioner can better work in the system. Topics of discussion include cost control, long term care, quality control, ethical issues and insurance.
3
BHS 4000 Cultural Competency in Health Care
The purpose of this course is to develop competency and better understanding when confronted with issues related to culture, diversity and ethnically based customs, rituals, alternative health care choices, folk medicine, cultural structure and viewpoints and the practitioner's delivery of health care.
3
BHS 4100 Academic and Professional Writing
The purpose of this course is to strengthen the skills and thought processes students require for successful academic and professional writing. Proper sentence and paragraph structure, grammar, punctuation usage, formatting and bibliographic referencing will be discussed. Students will learn the five chapter model utilized in scholarly writing and be introduced to the fundamentals of APA formatting.
3
BHS 4110 Health Care and Aging
This course examines the psychosocial and cultural variations associated with maturing and aging. Topics covered will be an overview of life choices, living wills, and treatment, as well as cultural implications of senior care.
3
CVS 3010 Cardiac Sonography I/Lab
This course is a basic study of two-dimensional, M-mode, Doppler echocardiography and left ventricular systolic function. There will be discussion of various pathologies to include congestive heart failure, pericardial diseases, cardiomyopathies, and cardiac masses. The course will emphasize the understanding of echocardiographic findings and treatment. The lab will include an introduction to basic scanning protocol, proper patient positioning and correct ergonomics. In addition basic M-mode and Doppler echocardiography are presented. Imaging planes and windows are explained and demonstrated.
3
CVS 3020 Cardiac Sonography II/Lab
This is an intermediate course and continuation of Echocardiography I. It is a study of acquired and congenital pathologies of the cardiovascular system and associated echocardiography findings. It is also, a discussion of echocardiographic findings with arrhythmias, cardiac transplantation, heart sounds and murmurs and correlation of other modalities with echocardiography. Pediatric echocardiography is briefly introduced. A lab is provided with this class to teach intermediate scanning skills necessary to succeed in the clinical setting. There will be two course assignments required prior to completion of course. The lab will include advance measurement techniques are demonstrated including continuity equation, pressure half-time, ejection fraction, wall motion analysis, and calculation of right ventricular systolic pressure.
3
CVS 3030 Cardiac Sonography III/Lab
This is an advanced course to prepare the student for clinical rotation in a cardiovascular department. Here the student will learn to demonstrate knowledge and competency in a variety of areas outside the routine echocardiographic examination including stress echo and TEE. Courses on pharmacology and provocative stress agents will be presented to elevate the level of study for comprehensive clinical training that is typically encountered in a diagnostic setting. Emphasis will be focused on psychomotor skills in imaging techniques. The student must be capable of understanding and explaining the clinical indications for a study as well as perform competently in the laboratory setting. Lastly the student will be required to analyze acquired date and present those findings in a professional manner.
4
CVS 3040 Ultrasound Physics I/Lab
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental principles of sound and ultrasound. Initially, the student will review the basic principles of graphs and the metric system. Student will learn how sound generated, transmitted and reflected in soft tissue. They will then learn how to technically define sound waves as it relates to ultrasound physics. The course will then focus on ultrasound beams, axial and lateral resolution and how the image is changed by various controls. The student will learn the basic construction of the ultrasound transducers and how different technologies affect images. This course will prepare the student for Doppler and color Doppler in Physics II.
4
CVS 3050 Ultrasound Physics Review
This course is a continuation of Physics I and focuses on hemodynamics, Doppler and color Doppler imaging. The student will learn how the Doppler shift is generated and analyzed, and how it affects image quality. Subjects on artifacts, harmonics quality assurance and bio-effects will be addressed. The student will learn the basic operation of imaging and Doppler controls and the proper set up and storage of images and videos.
2
CVS 3060 Cerebrovascular Testing/Lab
This course will review the cerebrovascular anatomy and physiology associated with cerebrovascular disease. The student will learn the scanning protocols for extra and intracranial cerebrovascular testing and the diagnostic criteria for assessing disease. The student will also review various diagnostic and treatment options for the patient.
3
CVS 3070 Peripheral Arterial Testing/Lab
This course will review the peripheral arterial anatomy and physiology associated with peripheral arterial system. The student will learn the scanning protocols for upper and lower extremity arterial testing and the diagnostic criteria for assessing disease. The student will also review various diagnostic and treatment options for the patient.
3
CVS 3080 Venous Testing/Lab
This course will review the venous anatomy and physiology associated with venous disease. The student will learn the scanning protocols for deep and superficial venous testing and the diagnostic criteria for assessing disease. The student will also review various diagnostic and treatment options for the patient.
3
CVS 3090 Abdominal Vascular Testing/Lab
This course will review the abdominal anatomy and physiology associated with visceral vascular disease. The student will learn the scanning protocols for abdominal vascular testing and the diagnostic criteria for assessing disease. The student will also review various diagnostic and treatment options for the patient.
3
CVS 4000 Clinical Prep and Review
Clinical Prep and Review is a course designed to review general anatomy and physiology, terminology, medical and surgical interventions and pharmacology. Students will be expected to complete comprehensive clinical drills to demonstrate comprehensive skills prior to advancing to the clinical training. Students will also receive a course in Basic Life Support (BLS) prior to their clinical rotation.
3
CVS 4500 Clinical Externship I
The first clinical externship is designed to introduce the student to the vascular laboratory and health care environment. The student will be expected to prepare patients for examination, complete normal studies under direct supervision of the clinical instructor and write technical impressions on the studies performed. Students will complete competency based assessment reports each week to the clinical instructor and clinical coordinator.
9
CVS 4600 Clinical Externship II
This segment of the externship is designed to transition the student into less directly supervised vascular testing and more independent scanning. The student will be expected to complete normal and abnormal studies and write technical impressions on the studies performed and present and document findings of the study. Students will continue complete competency based assessment reports each week to the clinical instructor and clinical coordinator.
9
CVS 4700 Clinical Externship III
The final clinical externship is designed to ensure the student has gained a level of competency with both normal and abnormal studies with greater technical expertise. The student will be expected to complete abnormal studies independently, present cases to the technical and medical director, and write technical impressions on the studies performed. Students will continue to complete competency-based assessment reports each week to the clinical instructor and clinical coordinator.
9

TOTAL CREDITS: 92

An evaluation of transfer credit will be completed prior to the first semester of enrollment, and applicable credit will be transferred based on all final official transcripts received. Students will be advised to take courses based on the official evaluation of their file.

Students must provide final official transcripts from all their previous colleges. Their previous academic work will then be evaluated. The Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography course of study will transfer a maximum of 33 prerequisite semester credits (grade C or better).