Cardiovascular Technology Program (CVT-AAS)
Focus: Non-Invasive Adult Echocardiography
The AAS in Cardiovascular Technology Program with a focus on Non-Invasive Adult Echocardiography is committed to prepare competent technologists who are proficient in non-invasive sonographic procedures within the Adult Echocardiography scope of practice. In addition, the program seeks to provide a student-centered education that promotes a commitment to the performance of quality imaging, develops critical thinking, effective communication skills, and cultural competencies necessary for a cardiac sonographer to work effectively in a diverse healthcare environment
Program Learning Outcomes
The CVT graduate will demonstrate entry level skills, knowledge and behavior competence in procedural and clinical functions in non-invasive cardiovascular technology focusing on non-invasive adult echocardiography
- Demonstrate knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular anomalies and cardiac pharmacology
- Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical standards in the practice of the cardiovascular technology profession
- Perform effectively procedures covered in non-invasive cardiovascular technology in adult echocardiography and vascular sonography
- Demonstrate proficiency in patient care including vital signs and patient safety
- Demonstrate competency in obtaining, recording and printing scanned images
- Demonstrate professional conduct in the workplace and/or externship site
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and cultural sensitivity when dealing with patients and the healthcare team
- Apply ethical and legal standards in dealing with patient information and in communicating these information to the healthcare team
The Cardiovascular Technology Program (CVT) at Eastern International College prepares the student to perform non-invasive diagnostic examinations of the heart and/or blood vessels at the request or direction of a physician in Adult Echocardiography. The CVT program teaches the student the essential theoretical and hands-on knowledge to compete for entry-level positions in the field.
The Associate Degree in Cardiovascular Technology programs at Eastern International College in Belleville and Jersey City are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, but its existence is a further indication that the program meets the standards of the profession, so it could enhance employment opportunities for graduates. The programmatic accreditation can allow graduates to sit for some credentialing exams immediately upon graduation.
The program has a total of 66 semester credits, with 20 credits in general education and 46 credits in major course work.
General Education Coursework
|Course Number||Course Title||Semester Credits|
|BIO 101||Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIO 102||Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|ENG 101||English Composition||3|
|PSY 101||General Psychology||3|
|SPC 101||Interpersonal Communications||3|
|MAT 204||Fundamentals of Statistics||3|
Program Major Courses
|Course Number||Course Title||Semester Credits|
|CVT 101||Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology||2|
|CVT 104||Patient Assesmment||2|
|CVT 106||Physics and Instrumentation||3|
|CVT 107||Physics and Instrumentation II||3|
|CVT 200||EKG and Interpretation||4|
|CVT 204||Echocardiography I||4|
|CVT 205||Echocardiography II||4|
|CVT 206||Test and Registry Review||1|
Total Program Credits: 66 Credits–Length of Program: 24 Months
ENG 101 English Composition – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to college-level writing and reading skills through critical reading, formal essays and research assignments. Proper sentence, paragraph and essay structure, as well as information and technology literacy, are emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisites: ENG 098 and ENG 099 or passing of placement exams
SPC 101 Interpersonal Communications – 3 Semester Credits
This course is an overview of the process of human communication, with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns. Students learn skills designed to improve interactions in family, social, and professional settings. The course also addresses effective listening, pacing, attending, making value judgments, summarizing, probing, empathy, handling emotions, perception checking, and conflict management. Hindrances to effective communication are also discussed.
BIO 101 Anatomy and Physiology I – 4 Semester Credits
This course explores the structure and function of the human body. It includes the study of cells and tissue, with a focus on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.
BIO 102 Anatomy and Physiology II – 4 Semester Credits
This course is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Topics include the reproductive system, cardiovascular system, blood, digestive system, urinary system, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, respiratory system and the lymphatic system. Prerequisite: BIO 101
MAT 204 Fundamentals of Statistics – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to basic statistical concepts. It focuses on frequency distributions of empirical data, calculations of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi square, regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or passing of placement exams
PSY 101 General Psychology – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the scientific discipline of psychology. It addresses cross cultural issues, historical perspectives, and the importance of psychological well-being, with topics ranging from psychological disorders, therapeutic approaches, and personality, to the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, development, consciousness, and the social nature of human beings.
CVT 101 Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology – 2 Semester Credits
This course provides students an understanding of the basic concepts of the Cardiovascular Technology profession. Topics include discussions on invasive and non-invasive cardiology, basic cardiovascular terminology, cardiovascular patient assessment and diagnostic tools, and non-invasive cardiovascular procedures. The course also includes discussions on medical.
CVT 104 Patient Assessments and Basic Patient Care – 2 Semester Credits
This course introduces the concepts and techniques of patient assessment and patient care. The student will demonstrate proficiency in proper body mechanics, transfer techniques, medical asepsis, measuring vital signs, medical emergencies, and taking a complete patient medical history. Principle of barrier protection for blood and body fluid exposures, isolation precautions, and discussions on OSHA and HIPAA are also included . Prerequisite: BIO 101
CVT 105 Pharmacology – 2 Semester Credits
This course is an introduction to the principles of pharmacology. Topics include general classification of drugs, types of administration of drugs, adverse effects and drug interactions, and dosage computation. Emphasis is given on cardiovascular pharmacology.
CVT 106 Physics and Instrumentation I – 3 Semester Credits
This course presents the basic concepts and principles of ultrasound physics as a foundation for understanding image interpretation. Students learn by way of lecture, solving sample problems, and scanning in the student lab. Students review material and take practice exams in preparation for the ARDMS registry examination. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or pass the placement exam.
CVT 107 Physics and Instrumentation II – 3 Semester Credits
This course is a continuation of Physics for Ultrasound I. It reinforces concepts learned and presents more advanced concepts in ultrasound theory and instrumentation, fluid hemodynamics, color-flow Doppler spectral analysis, and 3 and 4-D ultrasound, and safety and bio effects. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to pass the ARDMS registry examination. Prerequisite: CVT 106
CVT 200 EKG and Interpretation 4 – Semester Credits
This course covers twelve-lead EKG analysis including bundle branch blocks, hypertrophic, infarction patterns, and pediatric EKG interpretation and stress test procedures. The laboratory component of this course focuses on equipment set-up, patient preparation, performance of 12-lead EKGs, preparation and performance of stress testing, and analysis of both normal and abnormal twelve-lead EKG recordings. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Co-requisite: BIO 102
CVT 202 Pathophysiology – 3 Semester Credits
This course discusses the aspects of cardiovascular pathophysiology. It includes an in-depth discussion of various cardiac diseases and treatment options. Precedence will be on understanding the etiology and pathogenesis of a given disorder. The function and regulation of the heart and blood vessels, cellular structure and function, electrical activity and cardiovascular integration and adaptation are also discussed. Prerequisite: CVT 200, BIO 102
CVT 203 Vascular – 3 Semester Credits
This course provides an understanding of the use of duplex ultrasound to investigate the extra-cranial circulation of the brain, and arterial and venous circulation of the upper and lower extremities. Normal and pathological conditions are discussed in correlation with physical and clinical findings. Student actively participates in laboratory scanning in the student lab. Lab sessions include experience and competency testing in vascular sonography. Case studies and imaging critique are addressed throughout the class. Prerequisites: CVT 106, BIO 101, Must be taken with CVT 107and BIO 102 if taken in Semester 2
CVT 204 Echocardiography I – 4 Semester Credits
This course is designed to introduce Cardiovascular Technology students to the foundations of Echocardiography, and provides discussions on cardiac ultrasound and its use in the evaluation of normal cardiac anatomy and physiology. Students learn and practice echocardiographic scanning protocols. Basic machine mechanics, basic physics as related to ultrasound, two dimensional, M-mode, Doppler, and Color Doppler techniques are covered. Prerequisites: CVT 106, BIO 101. Co-requisitse BIO 102 and CVT 107.
CVT 205 Echocardiography II – 4 Semester Credits
This course focuses on advanced pathophysiology, including stress echo, trans-esophageal, ischemic and congenital heart diseases. The student learns to determine the presence of cardiac diseases and pathology as seen during an echocardiographic exam. A review of various medical and surgical treatments used in the care of patients with cardiac disease is included. Basic machine mechanics and physics as related to each Echo examination are also covered. The laboratory component of this course focuses on laboratory experiences covering advanced echocardiography studies with Doppler interpretation. Prerequisite: CVT 204
This course provides a comprehensive review of echocardiography and vascular sonography in accordance with the outlines published by ARDMS, CCI and taught through out the Cardiovascular Technology Program. Topics focus on cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, pathological changes and their correlation with Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography. It also covers a comprehensive review of Physical Principals, Hemodynamics, Doppler ultrasound, image artifacts and quality management related to echocardiography and vascular sonography. Main goal is to prepare the students for taking the RDCS (AE) and RCS examination by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Prerequisite: All CVT courses except CVT 210
CVT 210 Cardiovascular Technology Externship – 14 Semester Credits
This course provides clinical experiences which allow the student to perform a noninvasive adult echocardiography exam under the direct supervision of a qualified technologist and/or physician. The clinical site may be a laboratory in a hospital, imaging facility, and/or private office setting. At the start of the semester, the course will meet for a one day classroom orientation session. During the orientation day, students will be instructed on professional behavior expected in a lab, including attendance, and dress code. At the end of the clinical rotation, students prepare and present a case encountered during clinical rotation to current. Prerequisite : All CVT courses except CVT 206
Entrance into the EIC Cardiovascular Technology program includes being interviewed by your assigned admissions representative in order to see if you’re a good fit for our program. Applicants must also take the Accuplacer Exam, which is designed to test your reading, sentence skills and mathematics abilities, unless otherwise specified as exempt. Learn more about EIC’s admission requirements and technical standards for the Cardiovascular Technology degree program.