At a Glance:

Advisor:

Floyd: Crista Resch

Crista Resch, Clinical Coordinator
Office: H136
Phone: 706-295-6970
Email:
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Health Technologies, Sonography, Utrasound

Credentials

A.S., Coosa Valley Technical College; RVT, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

OR

Floyd: Nee Barnor

Nee Barnor, Director of Ultrasound Programs
Office: H117
Phone: 706-802-5860
Email:
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Health Technologies, Sonography, Utrasound

Credentials

M.S., University of London; B.S., University of Science and Technology; Diploma, Montgomery College

Vascular Technology (VT13)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Vascular Technology program is a sequence of courses that provide educational opportunities to individuals in didactic and clinical environments that will enable them to obtain skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to graduate and become successful entry-level Vascular Technologist in an allied health profession specifically concerning the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular diseases. The profession requires critical thinking skills, judgment, and the ability to provide appropriate health care services. A vascular technologist performs examinations at the request or under direct supervision of a physician, is proficient in the use of a variety of diagnostic imaging and monitoring equipment, and provides sonographic images and data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis can be made. Vascular Technology use high frequency sound waves to perform venous and arterial diagnostic procedures. The information is evaluated by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Course work includes sonographic physics, sonographic identification of normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology of the venous and arterial systems, journal and case reviews, and a comprehensive registry review.

Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Entrance Dates: Beginning of any semester for pre-occupational curriculum, fall semester for occupational curriculum.

Entrance Requirements

Age: 17 years old for entrance into Health Technology for pre-occupational curriculum
         18 years old for entrance into Health Technology programs

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Pre-Occupational Curriculum (30 hours)
Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. the laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classificatins, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous snesory systems.
Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system,and reproductive system.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immunie system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reporductive system.
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
MATH
1111
3
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Emphasizes the concepts and methods fundamental to utilizing and interpreting commonly used statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing chi square tests, and linear regression.
PHYS
1110
3
Introduces some of the basic laws of physics. Topics include systems of units and conversion of units, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
1
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in PHYS 1110. The laboratory exercises for this course include systems of units and systems of measurement, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electiricty and magnetism, and modern physics.
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
SPCH
1101
3
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
XXX
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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
3
Occupational Curriculum (63 hours)
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
Provides an overview of cardiovascular invasive diagnosis and therapy.
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
This course combines the didactic education of sectional anatomy with active student participation in classroom laboratory experience. Information is weighted toward normal structures which are sonographically visible. Structures are described according to relative location and proportionality. Topics include: normal sectional anatomy of the neck, liver, biliary system, pancreas, genitourinary tract, spleen, peritoneal cavity, retroperitoneum, gastrointestinal tract, and vascular system structures within the upper and lower extremity; anatomic planes related to sonographic images; sonographic appearance and sonographic patterns of structures in the female and male pelvis, neck, liver, biliary system, pancreas, peritoneum and retroperitoneum, gastrointestinal tract, non cardiac chest, and upper and low extremities; and related imaging, laboratory testing procedures and functional testing procedures.
Sonographers apply principles of ultrasound in the operation of medical sonographic equipment to produce a sonogram. Knowledge of the interaction of ultrasound with tissue is important for image optimization, acquisition and interpretation of sonographic images, and critical to the accurate diagnosis of disease. Introduces concepts for the factors involved with diagnostic ultrasound principles and instruments. Emphasis will be placed on ultrasound physics, transducer construction, operation and characteristics, artifacts and adjustable physics parameters. Topics include: basic principles and wave analysis; propagation of acoustic waves through tissues; principles of pulse echo imaging; sonographic transducers and sound beams; hemodynamic and Doppler imaging; sonographic instrumentation; artifacts; quality assurance/quality control of sonographic instruments; bioeffects and safety. Student laboratory scanning hours are included in this course.
Provides a review of knowledge from previous courses and helps the student prepare for national certification examinations for sonography. Information concerning test taking skills will also be reviewed. Topics include: patient care, safety and communication; physics principles, ultrasound transducers, pulse-echo instrumentation, Doppler instrumentation; and quality assurance/quality control of equipment.
The purpose of the Case Study is to provide the opportunity for review and reinforcement of theoretical concepts with an evaluation of Echocardiography. The purpose of the Journal Review is to allow the student to study the current formats and methods of professional articles/presentations of echocardiography. Students will be asked to prepare and present interesting case studies to include clinical history, normal anatomy, clinical laboratory test modalities, protocols, techniques and findings. Topics include: identification of resources, literature review, formatting according to audience, citation of sources, written presentation skills, and oral presentation skills. Emphasis is placed on professional growth and preparation to enter the field of echocardiography as a contributing member.
This course is designed as an introduction into the field of echocardiography. The general practitioner will be required to perform standard 2D examinations of the heart including B-mode, M-Mode and Doppler. The broader field of echocardiography will be introduced but not studied at length or in depth. Emphasis is on the functional workings and settings associated with basic Images and measurements. Topics include: introduction to measurements, basic tomographic windows, chamber and great vessel dimensions, systole; patient and equipment skills including proper body mechanics; physical principles, Doppler, and instrumentation; tomographic anatomy; and safety procedures and universal precautions.
Provides an introduction for the student to observe and begin to participate in the diagnostic procedures performed in the noninvasive vascular laboratory. Procedures are performed under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. Topics include: equipment utilization; patient history, identifying risk factors, and contributing disease; procedural skills and patient care; extremity venous vascular procedures, cerebrovascular testing, indirect testing, and proper ergonomic scanning.
VAST
1040
4
This course will provide an understanding of the extremity arterial and venous anatomy, physiology, pathology, hemodynamic and symptomatology. The physical exam and clinical assessment of patients with acute and chronic extremity occlusive disease will be discussed. Topics include: extremity venous anatomy; extremity venous physiology, pathology, symptomatology, and hemodynamics; physical assessment for venous signs; performing history for venous symptoms; performing physiologic venous testing; performing extremity venous duplex; laboratory results and correlative (other) testing relevant to venous disease; treatment of extremity venous disease; extremity arterial anatomy; extremity arterial physiology, pathology, symptomatology; and hemodynamics; physical assessment for arterial signs; performing history for arterial signs; performing history for arterial symptoms; performing physiologic arterial testing; performing extremity arterial duplex; laboratory results and correlative (other) testing relevant to arterial disease; and treatment of extremity arterial disease.
3
This course introduces the basic principles and applications of physical assessment of non-invasive cardiovascular procedures. Topics include: history of diagnostic medical sonography; role of the sonographer; learning tools and techniques; basic medical techniques and patient care; infection control and universal precautions; verbal and non-verbal communication skills; grieving process; informed patient consent; health care delivery models; resource and educational options for sonographers, vital signs; patient preparations, maintenance of clinical records; Maslows Hierarchy of Needs; legal issues; HIPPA regulations and patients rights in medical care, employee/employer relationships; sonographic terminology; proper ergonomics and patient transfer methods; routine scanning planes; standard patient positions; instrumentation and image manipulation; and Doppler principles.
VAST
2050
4
This course provides an understanding of cerebrovascular noninvasive diagnosis. Topics include: anatomy of extra cranial and intracranial vessels; pathology, physiology, and symptomatology of cerebrovascular disease; physical exam and clinical assessment of cerebrovascular disease; history taking in cerebrovascular disease; performance of Carotid Duplex/color imaging/CW Doppler + transcranial Doppler (imaging and non-imaging); correlative (other) imaging; and treatment of cerebrovascular disease.
6
Provides the student opportunities to observe and participate in the diagnostic procedures performed in the noninvasive vascular laboratory and radiology departments that are clinical affiliates. Procedures are performed under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. Topics include: equipment utilization; patient history, identifying risk factors, and contributing disease; procedural skills and patient care; extremity venous vascular procedures, physiologic and duplex extremity arterial testing, cerebrovascular procedures (carotid and TCD) and proper ergonomic scanning.
VAST
2070
4
This course teaches techniques of abdominal duplex and utilization of duplex ultrasound in therapeutic and surgical vascular exams. Arterial and venous duplex of abdominal vessels is included. Topics include: anatomy, physiology, pathology, symptomology of abdominal/pelvic vasculature; duplex abdominal aorta/illac/pelvic arteries (male(impotence) and female); duplex renal arterylvein; duplex mesenteric arterylvein; duplex portal/hepatic veins; duplex IVC and iliac veins; therapeutic procedures; intraoperative duplex; vascular localization (sonographic guidance); vascular non-sonographic interventional procedures; maintaining clean and sterile environment; contrast media in medical imaging (radiologic and ultrasound); non-invasive test validation; history taking and assessment of abdominal arterial and venous disease.
8
This course provides opportunities for the student to participate in and perform with assistance procedures performed in noninvasive vascular laboratories, radiology departments, imaging centers, and surgical departments. Continued participation by the student will progressively lead to the unassisted performance of diagnostic procedures under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. Emphasis is placed on medical therapy, surgical therapy, and other diagnostic tests performed in settings other than vascular laboratories. Topics include: equipment utilization; patient history; procedural skills and patient care; cerebrovascular procedures; therapeutic intervention; diagnostic tests for vascular diseases; carotid, arterial, venous, TCD, abdominal duplex, imaging and measuring abdominal organs and recognizing normal and abnormal echo patterns.
11
This course provides a culminating clinical setting experience which allows students to analyze information and procedural instruction provided throughout the program. In a variety of settings, students perform all noninvasive vascular procedures independently with the supervision of an appropriately credentialed technologist. They also participate in procedures such as abdominal and visceral, extremity venous, extremity arterial, and cerebrovascular. Emphasis is placed on skill level improvement and final completion of all required clinical competencies presented in previous courses and practiced in previous clinical vascular courses. Topics include: professional conduct; infection control techniques; patient history; imaging and measuring abdominal organs and recognizing normal and abnormal echo patter; scope of practice of a vascular technologist; transporting patients; duplex, indirect, and TCD machine utilization; equipment utilization; procedural skills and patient care; and vascular procedures.
This course will be an overall review of Vascular Ultrasound Technology. Topics include: normal and abnormal vascular anatomy, pharmacology, patholophysiology, physics/hemodynamics, test validation and measurements, vascular diagnostic procedures and laboratory values.