Cardiovascular Technology

Students who complete the non-invasive Cardiovascular Technology-Cardiac Sonography (CVT) program of study will be prepared to enter the healthcare field in cardiac sonography labs as adult cardiac sonographers. Cardiac sonography, also known as echocardiography, is a rapidly advancing specialty area of cardiac imaging that uses ultrasound technology to evaluate the heart. With this technology, a cardiac sonographer uses sound waves created by the machine to acquire images of the cardiac chambers, walls, valves and blood flow.

The cardiac sonographer is a skilled person qualified by academic and clinical preparation to have:

  • A detailed working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • The ability to optimize images
  • A thorough understanding of cardiac pathology and its effects on the heart
  • The ability to comprehend the sonographic appearance of normal and abnormal cardiac conditions.

Cardiac sonographers generally work closely with cardiologists, who use the images to diagnose cardiac diseases.

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Cardiovascular Technology will prepare to sit for the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) exam through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) exam through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The CVT program is housed at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, 12211 Ward Drive, Building 139, Fort Smith, AR  72916.

The Cardiovascular Technology-Cardiac Sonography program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL  33756; telephone:  (727) 210-2350; website:  http://www.caahep.org.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Students are advised that the Cardiovascular Technology Program (CVT) is strenuous in nature.  Students are therefore not allowed to take additional course work that is not directly related to their degree plan while in the CVT Program.  If a student has completed all general education course requirements prior to entering the program, the student may not have a full load of twelve credit hours or more (which could affect financial aid eligibility).  The CVT program is very intense and requires approximately 30-36 hours per week of theory /lab/fieldwork.  This does not include prep or study time.  The hours ascribed to each semester while in the CVT Program are considered by the program to be full time.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Cardiovascular Technology

(70 Semester Credit Hours)

Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the CVT courses below.

  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BST 1303
    or
    CIS 1113
    Introduction to Computers
    or
    Fundamental Computer Operation
    3
    ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
    HSCI 1113 Medical Terminology 3
    HSCI 1123 Human Anatomical Structure I 3
    MATH 1113
    or
    MATH 1003
    College Algebra
    or
    College Mathematics
    3
    Total Hours   15
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BIOL 1014
    or
    PHSC 1013
    and
    PHSC 1021
    Introduction to Biological Science
    or
    Introduction to Physical Science
    and
    Introduction to Physical Science Lab
    3
    ENGL 1023 Composition II 4
    HSCI 1243 Human Anatomical Structure II
    (prerequisite: HSCI 1123)
    3
    PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
    EMTP 1001 First Aid and CPR for Healthcare Providers 1
    Total Hours   14
  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    CVT 2113 Hospital Policies and Patient Care 3
    CVT 2123 Sonography Physics & Instrumentation I 3
    CVT 2132 Echocardiography I Laboratory
    (co-requisite: CVT 2133)
    2
    CVT 2133  Echocardiography I
    (co-requisite: CVT 2132)
    3
    CVT 2144  Clinical Practicum I 4
    Total Hours   15
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    CVT 2211 Principles of Electrocardiography 1
    CVT 2213 Cardiac Pathology Studies 3
    CVT 2223 Sonography Physics & Instrumentation II
    (prerequisite: CVT 2123)
    3
    CVT 2231 Echocardiography II Laboratory
    (prerequisite: CVT 2132)
    (co-requisite: CVT 2233)
    1
    CVT 2233 Echocardiography II
    (prerequisite: CVT 2133)
    (co-requisite: CVT 2231)
    3
    CVT 2244 Clinical Practicum II
    (prerequisite: CVT 2144)
    4
    Total Hours   15
  •  Summer
    Course # Course Name Hours
    CVT 2311 Interdisciplinary Cardiac Imaging 1
    CVT 2313 Echocardiography Concepts 3
    CVT 2323 Physics Concepts 4
    CVT 2344 Clinical Practicum III
    (prerequisite: CVT 2244)
    4
    Total Hours   11