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Cardiovascular Technology Program

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General Program Description

The Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Technology degree at Darton College is a six (6) semester program designed to prepare the student for employment as a Cardiovascular Technologist. The program is open to qualified applicants regardless of experience. An Associate's Degree is awarded in Cardiovascular Technology to students who successfully complete all aspects of the Cardiovascular Technology class and clinical/practicum curriculum.

Admission to Darton College

Darton College is an open admission college, however, acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology Program is by selection. The number of selections is limited to ten students per year starting every Fall semester. The Cardiovascular Technology Program will review and evaluate each application on an impartial basis.

Students wishing to apply for admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program must first be admitted to Darton State College. To apply for general admission to the college, submit an Application for Admission, a $20 non-refundable application fee and official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program

Completed applications to the Cardiovascular Technology Program must be received NO LATER THAN JUNE 1ST. An application packet for the Cardiovascular Technology Program can be downloaded from this web site by clicking "Application Packet". If you cannot download the application packet, one may be picked up at the Allied Health office or call (229) 317-6973 and one will be mailed to you. The application is considered completed only when ALL information requested is received. Students are responsible for making sure their application is complete.

Students seeking admission to the Darton State College Cardiovascular Technology Program must complete an application packet for admission and return it to the Health Sciences Division, Darton College. Read all information carefully before completing the application packet.

To be considered for the admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program, the applicant must first be admitted to Darton College, exit any required learning support courses, and meet the following requirements:

  1. Present a composite score of 870 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or a composite score of 19 or higher on the American College Testing Service Assessment Test (ACT) or have a minimum of a 2.00 (“C” average) cumulative grade point average on all college work previously attempted, if applicable.
  2. Complete 9 or more credit hours of prerequisite courses with a 2.00 (“C”) or higher grade point average. Prerequisite Courses: BIOL 1100K or BIOL 1111K and BIOL 1112K, ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, ALHE 1120 and CVTE 1100. Students must have a grade of “C” or better on all science and math courses.
  3. To progress successfully through the curriculum and function as a practicing Cardiovascular Technologist after graduation, the individual must have:
    1. Visual acuity with or without corrective lenses to identify cyanosis and absence of respiratory movement in a patient.
    2. Hearing with or without auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face (to ensure that the Cardiovascular Technologist will be able to attend to a patient’s call for help).
    3. Physical ability sufficient (minimal impairment of upper and lower extremities) to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
    4. Manual dexterity and visual acuity with corrective lenses to accurately draw up solutions in a syringe.
    5. Speech sufficient to communicate with staff and patients in a timely manner. Refer to program handbook for complete information.

Applicants must also submit three (3) recommendations using the enclosed forms. A student’s application for admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program will not be reviewed unless the application is complete.

Candidates will be ranked, then selected using the following:

  1. Cumulative grade point average (GPA). A minimum of 2.00 on all college work and percentile rank of SAT or ACT scores for students with no prior college.
  2. Ranking of ALL THREE Recommendations.

Applications should be submitted by June 1st for the Fall Semester admission. Selection continues until the class is filled.

Student Expenses

Estimated Expenses
ITEM
1st Year
2nd Year
Cardiovascular Class Fee $1,298 $1,475
Core Classes Fee $1,416 $236
Student Services $120 $120
Technology Fee $114 $114
Athletic Fee $162 $162
Liability Insurance $17.50 $17.50
Books & Supplies $900 $300
Equipment & Instruments $70 $70
ACLS Registration $85 --
Hepatitis B Vaccine $150 --
Uniforms & Shoes $180 --
Clinical Travel Variable* Variable*
Certification Fees -- $270**
Graduation Fee -- $35**
     
ANNUAL COSTS
excluding Clinical Travel
$4,512.50 $2,799.50

*Students accepted into the program must be prepared to arrange for their own travel to any of the designated clinical affiliates. Food and personal items while at clinical facilities are also the responsibility of the student. Clinical sites are currently located in Albany, Columbus, Tifton, Thomasville, Valdosta, GA, Dothan, AL, and Tallassee, FL. These clinical sites give the student a variety of clinical experiences consistent with national standards. Financial assistance for these additional expenses cannot be guaranteed or expected by any student, although every effort will be made to direct students with major financial problems.

**Fees marked with double asterisks are due during the last semester prior to graduation. It is suggested that budgeting for these fees begin early in the second year so you are not inconvenienced any more than necessary during the last semester.

Course Descriptions

CVTE 1100 Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology (1)
This course is designed to provide the student with the basic understanding of the Cardiovascular Technician Profession. Topics of discussion will include Invasive Cardiology, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Basic Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology, basic Cardiovascular terminology, basic Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG), ethical and legal considerations, vital signs, current and coming technology related to the field of study, employment opportunities, outlook, and earnings potential as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. A field trip will also be used to help enhance the learning of the Cardiovascular Technician student.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all Learning Support requirements.
Corequisite(s): None.
Offered: Summer.
CVTE 1110 Cardiovascular Pharmacology (3)
This course is designed to provide the student with the basic understanding of Cardiopulmonary pharmacology. Topics of discussion will include Medical-Legal aspects, documentation, routes of administration, and Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of the following: Analgesic, Anesthetic, Narcotic medications and reversal agents, Antiarrhythmic medications, Antihypertensive medications,
Cardiac Stimulants, Antiangina medications, Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet and Thrombolytic medications, Diuretics, Oxygen, and miscellaneous medications as they relate to the professional field.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program. CVTE
1100 is required as a Prerequisite or a Corequisite.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1115, CVTE 1118, CVTE 1131.
Offered: Fall semester.
CVTE 1115 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology (3)
This course is designed to provide the student with the understanding of Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology. Areas of study include normal cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, embryology, congenital heart disease, and acquired cardiac and vascular diseases, microcirculation, autoregulation, blood components, fluid and electrolytes, lymphatics, acid base balance, oxygen transport and rennin angiontensin system.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program. CVTE
1100 is required as a Prerequisite or a Corequisite.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1110, CVTE 1118, CVTE 1131.
Offered: Fall semester.
CVTE 1118 Physics of Ultrasound (1)
This course defines the basic principles of ultrasound physics and introduces the student to their practical use in diagnostic ultrasound. Topics of discussion will include definition of sound, propagation of sound in tissue, transducers, Doppler signal processing, Doppler instrumentation, ultrasound imaging and ultrasound safety.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program. CVTE
1100 is required as a Prerequisite or a Corequisite.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1110, CVTE 1115, CVTE 1131.
Offered: Fall semester.
CVTE 1120 Non-Invasive Cardiology I (5)
This course in non-invasive cardiology highlights the theory, rationale, application, performance and interpretation of the following modalities: auscultation, normal and abnormal heart sounds, phonocardiography, M-mode, A-mode and two-dimensional Doppler. The laboratory portion introduces the student to non-invasive cardiology by hands-on experience with the above mentioned modalities.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 1130, CVTE 1115, CVTE 1118, CVTE 1131.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1130 and RESP 2321.
Offered: Spring semester.
CVTE 1130 Invasive Cardiology I (5)
This course serves as an introduction to the cardiac catheterization laboratory with an emphasis placed on basic cardiac catheterization protocols, theory and application of angiographic procedures, and the concept of sterile technique. Additional topics include aseptic techniques, sterilization, patient assessment, radiography, pharmacology, cardiac wave forms, coronary artery anatomy, equipment and tools utilized in cardiac catheterization, hemodynamic data and analysis, right and left heart caths, and complications and treatment of cardiac catheterization. The lab portion provides an introduction to the cardiac catheterization laboratory with an emphasis on the above mentioned items.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 1110, CVTE 1115, CVTE 1118 and CVTE 1131,
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1120 and RESP 2321
Offered: Spring semester.
CVTE 1131 Patient Assessment (3)
This course introduces the concepts and techniques of patient assessment through inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. The student will demonstrate proficiency in patient physical examination, and taking a complete patient medical history. Principles of barrier protection for blood and body fluid exposures and isolation precautions will be emphasized. Basic ECG monitoring, basic laboratory values such as CBC, electrolytes, and basic microbiology are presented. Assessment of critically ill patients is introduced. Each student will be required to successfully complete a Lab competency check-off in order to progress to CVTE 1120.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program. CVTE
1100 is required as a Prerequisite or a Corequisite.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1110, CVTE 1115, CVTE 1118.
Offered: Fall semester.
Restricted: Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program.
CVTE 2110 Non-Invasive Cardiology II (5)
This course is a continuation of CVTE 1120 and presents an in-depth view of the diagnosis of common disease states. The application of theory, techniques, applications and interpretation of M-mode, color Doppler, pulsed and continuous wave doppler, two-dimensional echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography. The laboratory portion allows the student to further explore their skills with non-invasive modalities.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 1120.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 2120.
RESP 2321 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (2)
This course will prepare the student to take and pass the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life saving Course (ACLS.) Students will take the official AHA ACLS course at the end of this course. Students must pass the ACLS course to pass this course.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 1110, CVTE 1115, CVTE 1118, CVTTE 1131.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 1120 and CVTE 1130.
Offered: Spring Semester.
CVTE 2120 Invasive Cardiology II (5)
This course is a continuation of CVTE 1130 and continues to familiarize the student with various procedures and techniques related to invasive cardiology. Emphasis is placed on the hemodynamic aspects of diagnostic cardiac catheterization as well as information related to the new interventional techniques utilized in the cath lab. Assessment of the EKG patterns related to arrhythmias and infarct/ischemia is also included in this course.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 1130.
Corequisite(s): CVTE 2110.
CVTE 2130 Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Practicum I (7)
Clinical experience is provided within the students selected specialty area of Non-Invasive Cardiology. The student is scheduled for clinical rotations in the Non-Invasive Cardiovascular laboratories with our affiliated hospitals throughout the southeast. During each rotation cycle, the student receives extensive hands on experience and observation utilizing equipment, performance of tests and providing patient care. This course is the first of two courses designed to assist the Cardiovascular Technology student in meeting the required 1000 hours of clinical rotation in Non-Invasive Cardiology as required by the accrediting body.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 2110 and CVTE 2120.
Corequisite(s): None.
CVTE 2135 Invasive Cardiovascular Practicum I (7)
Clinical experience is provided within the students selected specialty area of Invasive Cardiology. The student is scheduled for clinical rotations in the Invasive Cardiovascular laboratories with our affiliated hospitals throughout the southeast. During each rotation cycle, the student receives extensive hands-on experience and observation utilizing equipment, performance of tests and proving patient care. This course is the first of two courses designed to assist the Cardiovascular Technology student in meeting the required 1000 hours of clinical rotation in Invasive Cardiology as required by the accrediting body.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 2110 and CVTE 2120.
Corequisite(s): None.
CVTE 2140 Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Practicum II (8)
The first week of the course will be review of the previous clinical rotation with emphasis on strengthening weaker areas as defined by the preceptors from the various clinical affiliates. The clinical experience will then continue to be provided within the students selected specialty area of Non-Invasive Cardiology. The student continues scheduled clinical rotations in the Non-Invasive Cardiovascular laboratories with our affiliated hospitals throughout the southeast, becoming more proficient with the skills required to become a Cardiovascular Technologist. During each rotation cycle, the student receives additional extensive hands-on experience and observation utilizing equipment, performance of tests and providing patient care. This course is the second of two courses designed to assist the Cardiovascular Technology student in meeting the required 1000 hours of clinical rotation in Non-Invasive Cardiology as required by the accrediting body.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 2130.
Corequisite(s): None.
CVTE 2145 Invasive Cardiopulmonary Practicum II (8)
The first week of the course will be review of the previous clinical rotation with emphasis on strengthening weaker areas as defined by the preceptors from the various clinical affiliates. The Clinical experience will then continue to be provided within the students selected specialty area of Invasive Cardiology. The student continues scheduled clinical rotations in the Invasive Cardiovascular laboratories with our affiliated hospitals throughout the southeast, becoming more proficient with the skills required to become a Cardiovascular Technologist. During each rotation cycle, the student receives additional extensive hands-on experience and observation utilizing equipment, performance of tests and providing patient care. This course is the second of two courses designed to assist the Cardiovascular Technology student in meeting the required 1000 hours of clinical rotation in Invasive Cardiology as required by the accrediting body.
Prerequisite(s): CVTE 2135
Corequisite(s): None.
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