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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. The Bachelor of Science - Cardiovascular Sonography Program at NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus meets educational requirements for licensure/registration/certification in all 50 states. 

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

Orientation Information

The cardiovascular sonography program starts a new class every May.  Please follow the link to the latest Orientation information:

https://healthsciences.nova.edu/healthsciences/cardiovascular/orientation.html

 

The Annual Tuition Rate for 2021-2022 is $22,440 for the Bachelor of Science - Cardiovascular Sonography program and $28,050 for the concurrent M.H.Sc. option.  Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice but will be posted for public access. Tuition changes are universally applied to all students and prior rates are not locked-in while matriculating through the program.

For this program, the annual tuition is administered in a flat-rate manner with approximately the same tuition charge each term regardless of the total credit hours/courses in that term. Any courses which are repeated for academic reasons are an exception to this flat-rate plan and will result in an extra per-credit-hour charge.  For 2021-2022 the normal flat-rate tuition is approximately $7,480 per semester plus fees for the Bachelor's-level program. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

  • Initial Acceptance Fee - $500: This fee is required to reserve the accepted student's place in the applicable entering class, and is not refundable in the event of withdrawal. It is payable within 2 weeks of acceptance.
  • Initial Seat Deposit - $250: This fee is due within 6 weeks of acceptance or March 1st, whichever occurs first, and is not refundable in the event of withdrawal.
  • Initial Pre-registration Fee - $250: This fee is due within 8 weeks of acceptance or April 1st, whichever occurs first, and is not refundable in the event of withdrawal.
  • First Semester: The first semester's tuition and fees, less the $1,000 deposits previously paid (above), are due upon registration for courses and must be paid in full before Orientation day in May of each year (specific date determined each year.)
  • Student Services Fee: upon registration each semester, a $500 per-semester student services fee is applied to the student's account
  • HPD Access Fee: A Health Profession Division (HPD) general access fee of $145 is required each year.  

Tuition and fees for each subsequent semester are due upon registration for courses, and must be paid in any case before the first day of classes/courses for that term.  Students will not be admitted initially, nor allowed to register for courses or attend classes until their financial obligations have been met. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

In addition to the tuition and fees described above, there will be:

  • a one-time $225 fee for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) Sonography Physics and Instrumentation (SPI) examination.
  • a Registry Review software license which must be purchased during the Clinical year of the program, the current cost is approximately $150. 
  • upon entering the program, students will be required to purchase 2 white student lab coats at approx.. $45 each through the NSU Bookstore, and 5 sets of program-approved color-specific scrubs, either through the Bookstore or a third-party vendor (cost will vary, budget $200 minimum .) 

Health Insurance

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospitalization insurance. Students may wish to use the student insurance plan through the University, or use their own insurance.  If a student has their own insurance and does not wish to use the NSU student plan, they must opt-out each academic year via an online process and provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage, or they will be automatically enrolled and charged for the student insurance plan.

For more information, please visit  nova.edu/studentinsurance

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 program admissions committee through consideration of the overall qualities of the candidate in a holostic interview process.  Several criteria in addition to academic performance play a role in the admission process.  Areas of consideration include: application content, academic record, completion of prerequisites, letters of recommendation, work and volunteer experience, and personal motivation.  Individuals with diverse education, work, and life experience who have demonstrated the capacity to pursue a rigorous full-time course of study will be selected for interview. Upon receipt of the completed application and all required documentation, such applicants will be offered an interview. 

Interviews will be held in person at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus or via remote videoconferencing technology (Zoom, Skype, or similar). Phone interviews are not provided.  All arrangements and any expenses incurred to attend an in-person interview are the responsibility of the applicant.

While the program allows the student to demonstrate academic and professional capability, admittance to it or graduation from it does not ensure admission to any other professional degree program or school.  Admission to the cardiovascular sonography program does not guarantee admission to any other program at Nova Southeastern University.  The University reserves the right to modify any admission requirement on an 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:

  • EITHER 3 credits of Human Anatomy I, or Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits Human Anatomy II, or Anatomy & Physiology II (with or without lab) 
  • OR  3 credits of Human Anatomy I, or Anatomy & Physiology I (with or without lab) and 3 credits General Physics (with or without lab.)

Note: General education courses cannot be survey courses.

Highly recommended but not required courses: 

  • Anatomy & Physiology II or III
  • Basic Medical Terminology
  • Medical Ethics

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 E-Mail: info@jsilny.org
    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 Undergraduate Admissions works on application to the Program on a rolling admissions basis. Applicants are accepted year round. To ensure that your application has received proper consideration, you should apply early.

An applicant may not be fully admitted until all fees, credentials, final and official transcripts, and any other applicable required documentation have been received and evaluated by the EPS, Undergraduate Admissions, and the Program.  This can have repercussion on the timeliness of Financial Aid disbursements and other issues.  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 University and the College reserves the right, and the student (by his or her act of matriculation) concedes to the University and the College the right, to require his or her withdrawal at any time the it is deemed necessary to safeguard standards of safety, scholarship, conduct, and compliance with regulation, and for such other reasons that are deemed appropriate. The Dean and Program Director of the Cardiovascular Sonography program also reserve the right to require the student's withdrawal at any time for the above-mentioned reasons.

Course Number Course Title Credits
BHS 3000 Improving of Healthcare through Interprofessional Collaboration
The purpose of this course is to inform students of the steps for advancing patient safety, quality of care while minimizing cost through interprofessional practice. The course will explore health care roles and relationships as they interact with other providers, patients and families within communities.
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 3151 Health Services Management
This course will provide an overview of health care and general management to prepare the student for a managerial role in Health Care administration. Course topics include human resource issues and policy, personnel planning, staffing, development, coaching and training of employees.
3
BHS 3170 Health Care Delivery Systems
This course is designed as an introduction to health care plans that are underwritten by the federal government as well as selected private HMO's. Topics will include Medicare, Medicaid, Public Health, Indian Health Service, Veteran's Administration, Military Health Systems and Managed Care. An understanding of the social, political and professional forces that shape the health care delivery system will be discussed
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 3000

Introduction to Cardiovascular Sonography Instruments

This course is designed to introduce the students to the equipment used in cardiovascular ultrasound. The course will, therefore, be primarily taught in the ultrasound training laboratory in small groups, with supplemental online content and challenge-based learning assignments. The focus of the course will be to lead the students toward proficiency and competency in using all the tools available on the ultrasound equipment for the production of quality images, as well as proper ergonomics, patient handling, and care of the equipment. This course is the foundation for all the following core courses.

3
CVS 3001

Correlative Imaging & Cross-sectional Anatomy

This course will consist of guided exercises combined with instructor-led anatomical lecture and image analysis. The student will learn detailed normal anatomy of the heart and the entire vascular system. Learning will be weighted towards normal structures which are sonographically visible. Structures will be described according to relative location, proportionality, and sonographic characteristics, and also compared and contrasted in appearance to other medical imaging modalities. Anatomy will be identified in both gross-anatomy and cross-sectional views in the imaging planes used during ultrasound examinations and in other medical imaging methods. Areas of study will include: intracranial, cervical, thoracic, cardiac, abdomen, pelvis, and all extremities. Imaging modalities explored as correlational to sonography will include: MRI/MRA, CT/CTA, Nuclear Medicine, PET scan, plain film Radiography and Angiography.

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CVS 3010 Cardiac Sonography I/Lab
This course is an introductory-to-intermediate study of two-dimensional, M-mode, Doppler echocardiography, and systolic and diastolic normal cardiac function and dysfunction.  Various pathologies will be covered including: congestive heart failure, pericardial diseases, cardiomyopathies, aortic and mitral valve pathologies, heart sounds and murmurs, and cardiac masses. The course will emphasize the understanding of cardiac pathologies and their corresponding echocardiographic findings and measurements. Labs will include: proper patient positioning and correct ergonomics, standard imaging planes and windows used for cardiac examination, basic 2D, M-mode, pulsed-wave and continuous Doppler, critical diagnostic measurements and equations, tissue Doppler, all finally consolidated into a basic echocardiography examination protocol for proficiency practice.  
5
CVS 3020 Cardiac Sonography II/Lab
This course is an intermediate-to-advanced course and the continuation of Cardiac Sonography I.  Additional pathologies will be studied including: acquired and congenital pathologies, arrhythmias, cardiac transplantation, prosthetic heart valves, pericardial disease, systemic diseases with cardiac manifestations, and the associated echocardiographic findings of all of these conditions.  Pediatric echocardiography is briefly introduced along with the advanced cardiac examination techniques of trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE), exercise stress-test, and pharmacologically- induced stress testing.  Lab activities include, but are not limited to further development of examination techniques and skills, advanced measurement techniques, and proven proficiency in the perfomance of the complete adult echocardiographic exam protocol. 
5
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 3071 Peripheral Vascular Testing I/Lab
This course covers basic-to-intermediate examination techniques of the venous and arterial anatomy, and the physiology associated with the peripheral vascular system. The student will learn basic physiological and imaging techniques for upper and lower extremity arterial and venous vascular testing and the diagnostic criteria for assessing disease. The student will also review diagnostic and treatment options for various vascular pathologies.
4
CVS 3080 Peripheral Vascular Testing II/Lab
This course extends the review of arterial and venous anatomy and physiology associated with vascular disease. The student will learn advanced physiological testing and imaging techniques for arterial testing, and for deep and superficial venous testing.  The diagnostic criteria for assessing various vascular diseases are further addressed.  Additional diagnostic criteria, treatment options, and discussion of additional pathologies affecting the vascular system will be provided in this course.  Additional course content will help prepare the student for the clinical practice of all peripheral vascular exams.
4
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.
4
CVS 4500 Clinical Externship I
This course provides the student with initial opportunities to observe and participate in the clinical activities of the noninvasive vascular and/or echocardiography departments. Clinical activities are performed under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed sonographer. The student will be expected to prepare patients for examination, complete normal and abnormal studies under direct supervision of the clinical instructor, and write technical impressions on the studies performed.  All clinical activities will be documented by the student on a daily basis utilizing the Trajecsys online system. The student will also clock–in and clock-out every day utilizing the Trajecsys system; this will be confirmed by the clinical instructor(s) via the Trajecsys system at least weekly. Competency attainment and periodic evaluation of the student’s progress will be recorded by the clinical instructor(s) via the Trajecsys system. Learning objectives include: equipment utilization, patient history, identifying risk factors and their contribution to disease, process and procedure skills, patient care, vascular examinations, and echocardiography examinations. Course work will include assignments, discussion meetings, monthly evaluations, competency attainment, and case studies. Submission of case studies will be via Canvas, and is a graded requirement.  Weekly discussion meetings are a graded requirement via remote video technology (Zoom, Skype, etc.).
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CVS 4600 Clinical Externship II

This course is the continuation of CVS 4500 Clinical Externship I and provides the student with opportunities to observe and participate in the clinical activities of the noninvasive vascular and/or echocardiography departments. Clinical activities are performed under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed sonographer.  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.  Progress should be made by the student during this course to more independent performance of exams with less supervision required.  All clinical activities will be documented by the student daily utilizing the Trajecsys online system. The student will also clock–in and clock-out every day utilizing the Trajecsys system; this will be confirmed by the clinical instructor(s) via the Trajecsys system at least weekly. Competencies and periodic evaluation of the student’s progress will be recorded by the clinical instructor(s) via the Trajecsys system. Learning objectives include: equipment utilization, patient history, identifying risk factors and their contribution to disease, process and procedure skills, patient care, vascular examinations, and echocardiography examinations. Graded course work will include: assignments, discussion meetings, monthly evaluations, completion of Registry Review course activities, and competency attainment.  Students are responsible for completing the mandatory competencies for their first specialty (either echo or vascular) during this course.  Bi-weekly discussion meetings are a graded requirement via remote video technology (Zoom, Skype, etc.).  

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CVS 4700 Clinical Externship III
This course is the continuation of CVS 4600 Clinical Externship II and provides the student with opportunities to observe and participate in the clincial activities of the noninvasive vascular and/or echocardiography departments.  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.  Clinical activities are performed under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed sonographer. All clinical activities will be documented by the student daily utilizing the Trajecsys online system. The student will also clock–in and clock-out every day utilizing the Trajecsys system; this will be confirmed by the clinical instructor(s) via the Trajecsys system at least weekly. Competency attainment and periodic evaluation of the student’s progress will be recorded by the clinical instructor(s) via the Trajecsys system. Learning objectives include: equipment utilization, patient history, identifying risk factors and their contribution to disease, process and procedure skills, patient care, vascular examinations, and echocardiography examinations. Graded course work will include: assignments, discussion meetings, monthly evaluations, completion of Registry Review course activities, and competency attainment. Students are responsible for completing the mandatory competencies for their second specialty (echo or vascular) during this course.  Bi-weekly discussion meetings are a graded requirement via remote video technology (Zoom, Skype, etc.). 
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TOTAL CREDITS: 92

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The Cardiovascular Sonography program at NSU Tampa Bay is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).  In their review meeting of January 16, 2019, CAAHEP granted continuing accreditation to the NSU Cardiovascular Sonography program in both Adult Echocardiography and Noninvasive Vascular Study through the year 2024.  The Bachelor of Science - Cardiovascular Sonography Program at NSU Tampa Bay Regional Campus meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure and/or professional registration in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN cardiovascular sonography program
Degree Title Level Degree
Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography Professional BSCVS

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  At this time, we have determined that the Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography program of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure and/or professional registration examination in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.   

It is nonetheless strongly encouraged that students determine any additional requirements for licensure in the following states: New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon which have licensing laws for the profession. For further detailed information, please visit https://www.sdms.org/advocacy/state-licensure and click on the applicable state name.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Program Director Dr. Samuel Yoders, at 813-574-5371 or at yoders@nova.edu

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).

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