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Description of Courses

Description of CoursesCVTE 100 - Physical Principles of Medicine I - A course in the mathematics and physical principles of medicine, specifically applicable to the field of Cardiovascular Technology. Designed for students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Technology Program, the course includes studies in the use of mathematic formulas and physics used to evaluate the hemodynamics of the cardiovascular system.
CVTE 101 - Cardiovascular Physiology I - A study of the anatomy, physiology, structural relationships, and pathophysiology of the human heart and vascular system. Designed for students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Technology Program, the course will concentrate on specialized terminology, cardiac anatomy, electrocardiography, and hemodynamics. 
CVTE 102 - Medical Instrumentation I - An integrated course in medical electronics and instrumentation for the cardiovascular technology student. The course will emphasize the concepts of electrical safety, the clinical application of electronic instruments and devices used in cardiovascular medicine, and the characteristics, recording, and measurement of bioelectric signals.
CVTE 103 - Lab Practicum and Proficiency Testing - A practicum course designed to insure competency in the basic skills required in the clinical practice of cardiovascular technology. Students acquire skills in the performance of indirect blood pressure measurement, ultrasound imaging of the heart and vascular system, and calculation of specified hemodynamic parameters. 
CVTE 110 - Physical Principle of Medicine II - This course is a continuation of Cardiovascular Technology 100 with emphasis on the physical characteristics of sound, ultrasound, and Doppler Ultrasound as utilized in medical diagnostic testing. The course explores the physics involved in the formation, propagation, and reflection of sound and ultrasound, the characteristics of the various types of transducers used in echocardiography and vascular duplex scanning, and the mathematical techniques employed in the use of ultrasound to measure and calculate hemodynamic function indices. 
CVTE 111 - Cardiovascular Physiology II - A continuation of Cardiovascular Technology 101, Cardiovascular Physiology I with emphasis on electrocardiographic arrhythmia recognition, the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of specified congenital heart disease, the structure and function of the arterial, venous, capillary and pulmonary circulations and the techniques for measuring and/or calculating specified hemodynamic function indices. 
CVTE 112 - Medical Instrumentation II - A continuation of basic principles in medical electronics and instrumentation, this course will emphasize the issues of medical signal transduction, conditioning and recording. The application of computer technology in analog to digital conversion, digital to analog conversion and medical data logging will also be studied. This course also surveys the types of medical electronics and instrumentation utilized in testing throughout the hospital and presents their clinical results. 
CVTE 113 - Lab Practicum and Proficiency Testing II - This course is a continuation of CVTE 103, Laboratory Practicum and Proficiency Testing I. It is designed to provide lecture and laboratory practicum necessary to develop cognitive and manipulative skills in the clinical operation of specified cardiovascular instrumentation, and in the performance of diagnostic tests. 
CVTE 114 - Cardiovascular Pharmacology - This course introduces the concepts of drug classification, pharmacokinetics, delivery systems, drug interactions and dosage. A survey of all drug categories will be presented, but emphasis will be placed on cardiac and vascular medications. Drugs administered during cardiovascular procedures is the focus of this course. 
CVTE 120 - Clinical Practicum I - This course provides an introduction to cardiovascular diagnostic testing in the clinical environment. Elements of routine patient care, the patient-technologist relationship and the professional relationship between the physician and the technologist in the clinical practice will be defined. Students are assigned to clinical experiences in local hospitals in addition to on-campus lecture and laboratory classes. This course is offered during the summer between the first and second years of the Cardiovascular Technology Program. 
CVTE 199 - Special Studies or Projects in Cardiovascular Technology - Individual study, research, or projects in the field of Cardiovascular Technology under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences required. Content and unit credit will be determined by student/instructor conferences and/or, the CVT Department. This course may be repeated for a maximum of nine units. 
CVTE 200 - Medical Instrumentation III - A course of instruction of the theory, calibration, operation and clinical application of specified diagnostic medical instrumentation. The lecture portion of the course explores the relationship of components of the medical history and physical examination to diagnostic test findings, and introduces the student to the application of diagnostic instrumentation in medical research. The laboratory section provides advanced instruction in the performance of specified diagnostic tests in Invasive, Noninvasive, and Vascular technology. 
CVTE 201 - Diagnostic Procedures I, Noninvasive Cardiology - A course of instruction in the specialized techniques of noninvasive cardiovascular testing and the evaluation of cardiovascular disease. Lectures will stress the performance and analysis of the echocardiogram, the relationship of echocardiographic findings to cardiac pathology and the measurement and calculation of specified hemodynamic parameters. Laboratory sessions are conducted in noninvasive cardiac laboratories in local hospitals with advanced instruction in M-Mode and two-dimensional echocardiography. 
CVTE 202 - Diagnostic Procedures I, Invasive Cardiology - This course provides advanced study in medical electronics and instrumentation, focusing on devices utilized in invasive cardiology. Emphasis will be placed upon advanced physiologic recording devices, blood pressure transducers, cardiac output measurement systems, fluid delivery and routing systems, as well as mechanical injector systems. 
CVTE 203 - Diagnostic Procedures I, Vascular Technology - A course of instruction in the specialized techniques of noninvasive testing of the human vascular system and the evaluation of vascular pathophysiology. Lectures will stress the performance and analysis of vascular ultrasound scanning, spectral analysis, and the interpretation of scanning and non-scanning modalities for vascular testing. Laboratory sessions are conducted in vascular laboratories in local hospitals, with instruction in techniques of duplex scanning of the cerebrovascular and lower-extremity vasculature. 
CVTE 205 - Clinical Practicum II - A laboratory course providing clinical practicum with emphasis on the calibration and operation of medical instrumentation used in Invasive, Noninvasive, and Vascular Laboratories in local hospitals and clinics with which the CVT program is affiliated. The performance of specific diagnostic tests, calculation of hemodynamic data, and professional performance in the clinical environment will be stressed. 
CVTE 207 - Medical Instrumentation I - A course of instruction in the theory, calibration, operation and clinical application of specified diagnostic medical instrumentation with emphasis on the relationship of findings in the medical history to diagnostic test findings, and introduces the student to the application of diagnostic instrumentation in medical research.
CVTE 208 - X-Ray Physics & Cardiovascular Angiography - A course providing advanced study in medical electronics and instrumentation, focusing on imaging technologies utilized in invasive cardiology.  Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the x-ray imaging chain, x-ray physics, cardiovascular angiographic projections, analog and digital cine angiographic techniques, fluoroscopy techniques, optical principles, intravascular ultrasound and doppler techniques.  Additional emphasis is placed on data collection, analysis and interpretation of clinical patterns.  
CVTE 210 - Medical Instrumentation IV - A continuation of Cardiovascular Technology 200, Medical Instrumentation III, with emphasis on the theory, calibration, operation and clinical application of specified diagnostic testing. The lecture portion of the course provides an overview of biostatistics as applicable to medical research, continued exploration of the medical literature through reading and writing assignments, and a seminar on cardiovascular disease. The seminar is conducted by physicians and technologists from the three specialties of Cardiovascular Technology and is designed to review the current topics in medical research. 
CVTE 211 - Diagnostic Procedures II, Noninvasive Cardiology - This course is a continuation of Cardiovascular Technology 201, Diagnostic Procedures I, Noninvasive Cardiology. It is an advanced course in the techniques utilized in the diagnosis and serial follow-up of cardiovascular disease with emphasis on pulsed wave, continuous wave, and color-flow Doppler techniques; conventional and echocardiographic stress testing; and transesophageal echocardiography. 
CVTE 212 - Diagnostic Procedures II, Invasive Cardiology - This course continues the advanced study of invasive cardiac medical electronics and instrumentation. Emphasis will be placed upon advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including coronary blood flow measurements, electrophysiology procedures, pacemaker and other antiarrhytmic devices, angioplasty, atherectomy, laser, and valvuloplasty techniques. Mechanical support systems such as the intra aortic balloon pump and other ventricular assist devices will be introduced. 
CVTE 213 - Diagnostic Procedures II, Vascular Technology - An advanced course of instruction in the specialized techniques of noninvasive testing of the human vascular system and the evaluation of vascular pathophysiology. Lectures will stress the performance and analysis of vascular ultrasound scanning, spectral analysis, and the interpretation of scanning and non-scanning modalities for vascular testing. Laboratory sessions are conducted in vascular laboratories in local hospitals, with advanced instruction in techniques of duplex scanning of the cerebrovascular, lower-extremity, and abdominal vasculature. 
CVTE 215 - Clinical Practicum III - A laboratory course providing a continuation of clinical practicum with emphasis on the acquisition and refinement of skills in the calibration and operation of medical instrumentation used in the Invasive, Noninvasive, and Vascular Laboratories in local hospitals and clinics with which the CVT Program is affiliated. The performance of specific diagnostic tests, calculation of hemodynamic data, and professional performance in the clinical environment will be stressed. Emphasis will be on consolidation of skills acquired in CVTE 205 into complete diagnostic studies, including qualitative diagnostic interpretations. 
CVTE 217 - Medical Instrumentation II - A continuation of Cardiovascular Technology 200, Medical Instrumentation III, with emphasis on the theory, calibration, operation and clinical application of specified diagnostic testing.  The lecture portion of the course provides an overview of biostatistics as applicable to medical research, continued exploration of the medical literature through reading and writing assignments, and a seminar on cardiovascular disease.  The seminar is conducted by physicians and technologists from the three specialties of Cardiovascular Technology and is designed to review the current topics in medical research. 
CVTE 218 - Intracardiac Electrophysiology - This course provides advanced study in medical instrumentation, introducing the topic of Intracardiac electrophysiology. The content includes procedures and case studies of Intracardiac electrograms, which are used to map the electrical currents within the heart.  Computerized analysis of these patterns helps the cardiologist select the most appropriate treatment for chronic arrhythmia, including pacemaker technology and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD).  A review of antiarrhytmic drug therapy will also be provided. 
CVTE 299 - Selected Topics in Cardiovascular Technology - Selected topics in CVT not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Division of Business and Professional Studies in relation to community-student and/or available staff. May be offered as a seminar, lecture or lecture/lab course.
 

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