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Certificate in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography

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Certificate Program Requirements

This is a 21-month certificate program. During the program, students spend 30 to 40 hours a week at clinical affiliates dividing time between didactic course work and hands-on clinical applications. The curriculum includes ultrasound physics and instrumentation and cardiac anatomy and physiology. It incorporates detailed, structured, and comprehensive course work and teaches the student to use independent judgment in the acquisition of diagnostic information.

At the University of Kansas Hospital and other clinical sites, the cardiac ultrasound department conducts a variety of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. During training, students receive experience in patient care and performance of the following procedures: routine echocardiograms, stress testing, and use of contrast imaging and transesophageal echocardiography.

The student receives extensive interactive experience with registered cardiac sonographers or cardiologists in a laboratory accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

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First Year, Fall Semester   First Year, Spring Semester  
CSON 050 Cardiac Anatomy 2 CSON 051 Introduction to EKG
CSON 060 Cardiac Physiology I 2 CSON 061 Advanced Doppler Echocardiography and Instrumentation 3
CSON 052 Introduction to Doppler Echocardiography and Instrumentation 4 CSON 062 Adult Echocardiography I 6
CSON 053 Introductory Concepts 1 CSON 063 Lab Practicum II 4
CSON 054 Lab Practicum I 3    
Summer Session      
CSON 070 Adult Echocardiography II 3    
CSON 071 Ultrasound Physics I 3    
CSON 073 Clinical Practicum III 4    
Second Year, Fall Semester   Second Year, Spring Semester  
CSON 081 Physics II 3 CSON 090 Adult Echocardiography IV 3
CSON 072 Cardiac Assessment and Special Procedures 2 CSON 091 Congenital Heart Disease 2
CSON 082 Adult Echocardiography III 3 CSON 092 Senior Seminar 1
 CSON 083 Clinical Practicum IV 5 CSON 093 Clinical Practicum V 6
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