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B.S. in Cardiovascular Sonography

2022 Orientation Information will be available at a later date.


Orientation will be Friday May 7, 2021 at 8:45 am at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus. Attendance in-person is mandatory for all new Students.  Masks are required to be worn at all times while on campus, and social distancing precautions followed.  Details of the Orientation Day schedule will be emailed directly to all new students.  In the meantime please see below for "Things to do before Orientation". 


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, 2021.  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


Orientation will be Friday May 7, 2021 at 8:45 am.  Attendance is mandatory for all new Students.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions masks are required to be worn and social distancing precautions followed at all times while on campus.

Orientation Information will include: 

  • Welcome from NSU Administration
  • Building orientation
  • Student ID badges (as needed)
  • Student email account setup (as needed)
  • Student parking stickers (required; please have your Vehicle registration)
  • Student Services presentation
  • Student health insurance presentation, sign-up or waiver completion
  • Meet your Faculty
  • Become a "Baby Shark"!
  • . . .and more!

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. Students may obtain their SharkLink Student ID and email account credentials by visiting

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

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 on the following Monday, May 10th..

After you have confirmed with the University that you will be attending NSU via payment of your acceptance fees, 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.  If you have not received your link from Castle Branch by April 30th, please contact Guimarsha Louis, Administrative Coordinator of NSU 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

STEP 5: Visit our PPCHCS Student Affairs Website

Other Useful Information

Please note:The Cardiovascular Sonography program is a lock-step program.  All students in the program take the same courses at the same time.  Course registration information for the first semester will be provided to you, and confirmed during Orientation. For subsequent semesters course registration information will be provided with all students registering for the same courses as a group. You will never have to worry about not getting a seat in a course; even if a course is full additional seats or sections will be added. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) document 

Summer term booklist for new students

Another list of things to do to get ready for the Program


Tampa Bay Regional Campus (TBRC)

Student parking is in the 6-story garage at the rear of the TBRC campus complex. From the main campus entrance, follow the driveway around the left side of the building to find the entrance to the garage.  Once parked, make your way through the courtyard area to the right-side glass doors, where a representative of the Program will guide you to the second floor.  Orientation will be in our Cardiovascular Sonography classroom, # 2271; signs will be posted.  An NSU Student Parking sticker and fee is required to park on-campus: this will be handled at Orientation.  Please bring a copy of your vehicle Registration to Orientation.

There is a very well-equipped two-story Fitness Center at TBRC available at no cost for students and faculty, as well as several nature pathways adjoining the campus buildings, and access across the street from the Campus to the Clearwater/Courtney Campbell Causeway 20+ mile-long Fitness Trail and linear park with several beach areas. 

Other student amenities on-campus include a Student Lounge and Relaxation Room facilities, a Lactation Room, a non-denominational Meditation Room, multiple configurations of student study rooms and areas, a Library, a Self-Serve Snack Kiosk, and the Food Court facility with hot grill, salad bar, Deli, and a Starbucks.  All TBRC amenities and facilities are currently operating under COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, with social distancing restrictions and masks required at all times while on campus, including in the parking garage.

For directions to the Tampa Bay Regional Campus please go to

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

Admissions:                                                      1-800-356-0026, Ext. 21101

Financial Aid:                                                    Angie Mateau 813-574-5290

Student Affairs:                                                 Alyssa Corbett  239-274-6987

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

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