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B.S. in Cardiovascular Sonography

Welcome to the Cardiovascular Sonography Program!


Dear Students:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography Program (BS-CVS) at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Tampa Bay Regional Campus, we wish a warm “Welcome!” to the incoming class of May, 2023.  As Program Director, I congratulate you on your acceptance and admission to our program. You have taken the first important steps in your pursuit of a fulfilling career in diagnostic medical imaging in the specialties of cardiac and vascular sonography by choosing our program here at Nova Southeastern University. The faculty and staff are committed to providing you with the finest resources and the best learning opportunities possible during your time with us, in preparation for your entrance into this exciting new career.

We look forward to working with you and your fellow classmates in a collaborative effort that will culminate with your graduation as Cardiovascular Sonographers. The goals of the Cardiovascular Sonography Program are to prepare you as an entry-level sonographer both for your new career, and for lifelong learning and leadership roles that will benefit the health care community. The program is committed to training and educating competent sonographers who will become an integral part of the cardiac and vascular health care team in hospitals, clinics, and private practice, and provide safe, high-quality and compassionate diagnostic ultrasound imaging care for all patients.

Thank you again for choosing the Cardiovascular Sonography Program at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University.   Please know that we stand ready to work with you towards your successful completion of your educational journey through the Program and on into your new career as a Cardiac and Vascular Sonographer.


Samuel Yoders, Ph.D., RVT
Program Director, Cardiovascular Sonography Program
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health care Sciences
Nova Southeastern University, Tampa Bay Regional Campus
3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, FL  33759



Orientation will be Monday May 8, 2023 opening at 8:15 am with registration and optional campus tours.  First session is at 9:00 am in Room 1803. Attendance is mandatory for all new Students.  Details of the Orientation Day schedule will be emailed directly to all new students. The Summer Term Booklist will be emailed ahead of time to all new students; if you have not received these items by April 1st, please contact Francine Luckett at her email

In the meantime please see below for "Things To Do Before Orientation".

Orientation Information will include: 

  • Dean's Welcome
  • Welcome from NSU Administration
  • Campus orientation
  • NSU Library Resources presentation
  • Student Services presentation
  • Immunizations, background checks, drug screen procedures
  • Student ID badges 
  • Student email account setup
  • Student parking stickers (required; please have your Vehicle registration and/or photo of car license plate)
  • Student health insurance presentation, sign-up or waiver completion
  • Meet your Faculty Advisor
  • Become a "Baby Shark!" as part of our peer-mentoring program
  • . . .and more!


Student parking is in the 5-story garage at the rear of the TBRC campus complex. A Student Parking sticker and online registration is normally required, but is waived for the week of Orientation.  We will take care of getting your Student Parking stickers and online registration during Orientation; please bring your registration and a picture of your license plate to Orientation. 

When you arrive at the main campus entrance at 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater, FL follow the driveway around the left side of the building to find the parking entrance.  Park wherever you like, there are 5 floors with elevators and stairs in the North and South corners. Take the North elevators or stairs then follow the arrows through the left-side (Northern-most)  entrance to the building or through the central plaza.  Please sign-in and proceed to Room 1803, grab a coffee at our Starbucks, or take an optional quick tour of the facility (an additional tour opportunity will be available later in the day.)

Orientation for May 2023 will begin in Room 1803 until our morning break, then continue throughout the day in our Cardiovascular Sonography classroom, # 2271 and 2272; signs will be posted. 

Things To Do Before Orientation:

STEP 1: Be sure to pay your Acceptance and Registration Fees

To remit payment for seat deposits, acceptance fees, etc. to confirm your acceptance to the Cardiovascular Sonography Program please use the NSU marketplace:

 STEP 2: Obtain NSU Login ID & Email Account

Please set up your NSU student identity prior to attending Orientation. You will need your NSU Student N-number issued to you when you applied: format "N99999999". Students may obtain their SharkLink Student ID and email account credentials by visiting

STEP 3: Complete Your Drug Screen, Background Check, and Immunization Records

After you have confirmed with the University that you will be attending NSU via payment of your acceptance fees (Step 1, above), information regarding the background check and drug screening procedure will be sent via a link in order to set up your personal Castle Branch account.  You will receive an E-mail from Castle Branch Customer Service with a personal link to set up your account. 

Accepted applicants and students are required to authorize the Health Professions Division to obtain drug screening and background checks. Please note that incoming students should strive to complete the drug screen and background check documentation prior to Orientation; if not, or if difficulties arise, we will handle during Orientation or the first week of classes.

If you have not received your link from Castle Branch by May 1st, please contact Krishani Harrinauth, Coordinator of Student Affairs at: or telephone at 954-262-1087

If you have any difficulty setting up your account or logging in, please contact Castle Branch at (888) 723-4263, Ext. 7196

All incoming students must have a thorough physical examination prior to the first day of classes. Please review the Immunization Guidelines.

To complete this process:

Have your physician fill out the Physical Exam Form   And have your physician fill out the Immunization Form
Submit both of these forms by uploading them to Castle Branch located at

Remember you must have an account set up with your background check and drug screen (see Step Three above) to be able to upload your documents.

The immunizations listed on the above Immunization Form are required of all students in the Health Professions Division based on the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for Health Care Personnel. Every student is required to have completed these immunizations before matriculating into Nova Southeastern University. Failure to comply with this policy may result in the student’s inability to satisfy the requirements for graduation from their academic program.

Please note: DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. YOU MUST KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS. If you are unable to access a scanner, please take a High-Definition photo of your documents with your phone, or use the Certified Background iPhone App.

STEP 4: Finalize your Off-Campus Housing Arrangements

  • The Tampa Bay Regional Campus does not yet have dormitories. Please see the following website for non-affiliated apartment search capabilities:  Off-Campus Housing 101 - Tampa Bay
  • If you are interested in sharing with a fellow student as a roommate, please be sure to give your name to the Program Academic Coordinator, Francine Luckett:  813-574-5372 or    Students interested in a roommate will be given each other's contact information to work out the possibilities prior to Orientation.

STEP 5: Visit our PPCHCS Student Affairs Website

Other Useful Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) document 

Summer term booklist for new students

More "Things to Do" to get ready for the Program


Tampa Bay Regional Campus (TBRC)

The Tampa Bay Regional Campus enjoys excellent amenities and resources for our students. There is a very well-equipped two-story Fitness Center, as well as several nature pathways adjacent to the buildings. The Pinellas County/Courtney Campbell Causeway 20+ mile-long Fitness Trail and linear park including several beach areas, is directly across the street from our campus entrance.

Other student amenities on-campus include a large Student Lounge and Relaxation Room facilities, a Lactation Room, a non-denominational Meditation Room, multiple configurations of dozens of student study rooms and areas, a branch of our NSU Library, a Self-Serve Snack Kiosk, and the Food Court facility with hot grill, salad bar, Deli, and a Starbucks. Our 5-story Parking Garage offers plenty of protected parking for all students and NSU faculty and administration.

For directions to the Tampa Bay Regional Campus please go to


For information about Admissions, Financial Aid, or Making the Transition to NSU

Admissions:   Coralie Berard  Admissions Counselor, HPD

Financial Aid:   Lillian Ramkissoon  Asst. Dir., HPD Financial Aid  954-262-1130

Orientation and Program Questions:   Dr. Samuel Yoders  Program Director 813-574-5371

                                                                 Francine Luckett   Academic Coordinator  813-574-5372



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