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Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_CTEV

Control Number: 04043

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Completion of this associate degree will allow students to pursue career opportunities such as noninvasive cardiovascular technologists, echocardiographer/echocardiography technologists, and cerebrovascular ultrasound technologists.

Program Outcome

Be prepared for entry-level employment as a professional and competent Cardiovascular Technologist to meet the needs of the local health care community.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

Required Prerequisites

Electrocardiography Technician Certificate of Achievement (30 units)

Course Title Units
Program Prerequisites
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
Prerequisite Units7.5
Required Courses
ALH A115Patient Care2.5
ALH A120Human Diseases2
CVT A100Introduction to Electrocardiography2
CVT A130Introduction to Invasive Cardiology3
CVT A150Advanced Electrocardiography2
CVT A160Cardiac Anatomy/Pathophysiology3
CVT A170ECG Clinical Experience5
CVT A190Introduction to Sonography and Imaging Physics3
Total Units30

Required Courses 

Course Title Units
CVT A200Introduction to Echocardiography3
CVT A205Introduction to Echocardiography Lab1
CVT A210Echocardiography Clinical Lab 15
CVT A220Ultrasound Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation3.5
CVT A250Advanced Echocadiography3
CVT A255Advanced Echocardiography Lab1
CVT A260Cerebrovascular and Peripheral Ultrasound2.5
CVT A265Echocardiography Clinical Lab 26
Total Units25
Requirement Units
Prerequisite Units 30
Program Major Units 25
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 70

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ALH A010 Health Occupations 0.5
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
OCC AS GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA C1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AS GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units13.5
Semester 2
ALH A111 Medical Terminology 3
OCC AS GE AREA A2 - CHOOSE ONE 1 3-4
OCC AS GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 0-4
Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 2
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
 Units9-14
Year 2
Semester 1
Acceptance into the OCC Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound Program Required (Cohort Restriction)  
ALH A115 Patient Care 2.5
ALH A120 Human Diseases 2
CVT A100 Introduction to Electrocardiography 2
CVT A160 Cardiac Anatomy/Pathophysiology 3
 Units9.5
Semester 2
CVT A130 Introduction to Invasive Cardiology 3
CVT A150 Advanced Electrocardiography 2
CVT A170 ECG Clinical Experience 5
CVT A190 Introduction to Sonography and Imaging Physics 3
 Units13
Year 3
Semester 1
CVT A200 Introduction to Echocardiography 3
CVT A205 Introduction to Echocardiography Lab 1
CVT A210 Echocardiography Clinical Lab 1 5
CVT A220 Ultrasound Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation 3.5
 Units12.5
Semester 2
CVT A250 Advanced Echocadiography 3
CVT A255 Advanced Echocardiography Lab 1
CVT A260 Cerebrovascular and Peripheral Ultrasound 2.5
CVT A265 Echocardiography Clinical Lab 2 6
 Units12.5
 Total Units70-75