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Cardiac Sonography Certificate Program Courses

The following courses are required for successful completion of the certificate program.

DCS 095 Introduction to Healthcare and Cardiac Sonography

Beginning students in the Cardiac Sonography Certificate Program gain basic entry-level knowledge and skills required for this occupation. The course includes an introduction to healthcare systems and agencies; legal, personal, and ethical responsibilities; basic medical terminology; the promotion of safety; infection control; and vital signs (in addition, there is some simulated lab work). (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

DCS 150 Applied Anatomy and Physiology in Cardiovascular Health and Diagnosis

This course concentrates on the organization of the human body, cells, tissues and organs with a focus on the cardiovascular system. It also covers the body systems, including the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the sensory system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the reproductive system and the endocrine system. (60 hours) Tuition: $1070

DCS 191 Cardiac Sonography I Principles

Students learn normal anatomy and function of the heart. They also study the common pathologies of the heart and learn about the most common medications for the treatment of heart disease. Students learn to perform and interpret EKG's and sonographic studies of the heart. Scanning protocols are explained in the classroom and practiced in our state of the art labs. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

DCS 991 Cardiac Sonography I Procedures

This lab is required in tandem with DCS 191. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to common pathologies at the heart. (45 hours) Tuition: $1055

DCS 215 Ultrasound Physics I

This course focuses on the fundamental principles of sound, ultrasound and the properties of ultrasound physics. Students learn the definition of sound and ultrasound, and how it is created and propagates through tissue. They also learn how to measure the frequency and velocity of sound through various mediums and how ultrasound is reflected and absorbed in tissue. (45 hours)
Tuition: $1075

DCS 421 Cardiac Clinical Preceptorship I

This course begins the process of applying the knowledge and skills the student learns in the classroom to an actual clinical setting, such as a hospital or doctor's office. (264 hours) Tuition: $3560

DCS 192 Cardiac Sonography II Principles

This course is an in-depth study of coronary artery disease, prosthetic valves, cardiac masses, congenital disorders and diseases of the adult and pediatric heart, aortic stenosis, as well as cardiac-related treatments, including the use of cardiac catheterization. This course also discusses the use of stress echo, transesophogeal echo (TEE), contrast agents and the implementation of Doppler and advanced two-dimensional measurements. Discussions are complemented with textbook readings, video presentations and lab practice in which students pair up and perform scans on each other. (45 hours) Tuition: $1075

DCS 992 Cardiac Sonography II Procedures

This lab is required in tandem with DCS 192. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to coronary artery disease, prosthetic valves, cardiac masses and congenital disorders of the heart. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

DCS 195 Cardiovascular Pharmacology

This course is designed to review common laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, as well as to introduce the student to medications used in the treatment and diagnosis of cardiovascular disorders. Contrast agents used in ultrasound and other imaging modalities will also be discussed. This course also features a review of embryological development, echocardiographic presentation of various congenital anomalies and examination of various repairs for congenital anomalies. (45 hours) Tuition: $375

DCS 225 Ultrasound Physics II

This course prepares students for the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) exam given by the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography). Taking and passing the exam will be one of the requirements for acquiring the credentials to become a RDCS (Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer). (45 hours) Tuition: $1075

DCS 422 Cardiac Clinical Preceptorship II

Students continue to build their clinical experiences by taking on additional and more responsible sonographic technical duties in an actual setting. (344 hours) Tuition: $3560

DCS 193 Cardiac Sonography III Principles

This course is designed to be an overview of items that may be presented on the ARDMS/CCI adult echo exams. Emphasis will be placed on normal anatomy and physiology of the adult heart. Physiology/hemodynamics of the heart chambers and muscles are emphasized. Doppler flow patterns and cardiac measurements are included. The matrix of the ARDMS exam for Adult Echocardiography will be followed. Seventy percent of the echocardiography matrix will be reviewed. Scanning methods and case studies will be reviewed during the laboratory section of this course. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

DCS 993 Cardiac Sonography III Procedures

This lab is required to be taken in tandem with DCS 193. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to physiology/hemodynamic of the heart. (45 hours) Tuition: $1070

DCS 423 Cardiac Clinical Preceptorship III

Students continue to build their clinical experiences by taking on additional and more responsible sonographic technical duties in an actual setting. Students undertake intensive clinical training utilizing the advanced skills that they have mastered for their careers. (100 hours) Tuition: $1275

DCS 194 Pediatric Echocardiography Principles

A review of embryological development, echocardiographic presentation of various congenital anomalies and examination of various repairs for congenital anomalies. (45 hours) Tuition: $1060

DCS 994 Pediatric Echocardiography Procedures

This lab is required to be taken in tandem with DCS 194. Complete testing protocols are practiced in the lab while reviewing the physical principles related to pediatric physiology/hemodynamics of the heart. (45 hours) Tuition: $1075

DCS 424 Cardiac Clinical Preceptorship IV

Students continue to build their clinical experiences by taking on additional and more responsible sonographic technical duties in an actual setting. Students undertake intensive clinical training utilizing the advanced skills that they have mastered for their careers. (94 hours) Tuition: $1775

DCS 499 Case/Registry Review

This course provides preparation for a nationally recognized cardiac sonography and Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) credential. This review course prepares you to sit for the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) Examination. In addition, the instructor and students present cases they have performed in a critical thinking environment. (45 hours)
Tuition: $1070