DIACF-AD Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Echocardiography

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
ULTR-1001DMS Physics 1
3
Term 2Credit Hours
ULTR-2001DMS Physics 2
4
Term 3Credit Hours
Term 4Credit Hours
Term 5Credit Hours
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MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

MEDR-1022Medical Terminology
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This course is a self-study course. The course focuses on study of prefixes, suffixes, combining forms from which medical terms are derived. Medical abbreviations are also included.

ULTR-1001DMS Physics 1
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This course introduces the physics and instrumentation relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography.  The following topics will be covered: sonographic terminology, the physics of sound, pulsed ultrasound, sound amplitude, power and intensity, sound attenuation, the interaction of sound in tissue, diagnostic ultrasound transducers, ultrasound sound beams and focusing, spatial and temporal resolution, real-time scanning and real-time timing, and ultrasound instrumentation.

ULTR-1006Cardiac Sonography 1
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This course introduces cardiac sonography and cardiac scan techniques. It is designed to enable the student to recognize and understand normal anatomy, physiology, and the sonographic appearance of the heart. Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography 1 integrates anatomy and physiology with sonographic principles in the imaging of the heart. The focus of this course is on the assessment and interpretation of patterns in the normal heart as seen with Two Dimensional, M-mode, and Doppler (color, CW, and pulsed wave) imaging. The focus of the course then shifts to the etiology, hemodynamics, signs and symptoms, and sonographic patterns as relevant to the interpretation and quantification of cardiac disease including mitral, aortic, tricuspid, pulmonary, segmental wall anatomy, coronary artery, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hypertension (systemic and pulmonary), cardiac masses, pericardial disease, cardiac masses, prosthetic heart valves, diseases of the aorta, and Diastolic Function (provocative maneuvers). The course will integrate theory and laboratory practices.

ULTR-1007Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 1
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Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 1 and Laboratory Modules introduce students to sonographic imaging of the heart. The course will teach communication, professional responsibility, patient care, PHIA, ergonomics, and workplace safety with the operation of sonographic equipment in the creation and interpretation of 2 Dimensional, M-mode and Cardiac Doppler imaging. These topics will be reinforced in Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 2, as well as the clinical practicum.

ULTR-1008Cardiac Practicum 1
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The focus in Term 3 is to build on the theoretical knowledge learned in the didactic phase of the program and application in a clinical setting. This term should reinforce the practical skills introduced in DCS Laboratory Techniques 1 and 2. The main focus of Term 3 clinical will be the introduction and participation in an Echocardiography departmental setting, while under the supervision of qualified professionals; the student should demonstrate increasing independence and progress from a novice performance level to entry level of competency in the profession of Cardiac Sonography (Term 5). During Term 3 the students will be introduced to scanning of actual patients, while applying and strengthening:  theoretical knowledge, recognition of theoretical pathology, patient care skills, patient history taking, the completion of a cardiac technical impression, case presentation to a Cardiologist as required, all while participating in all aspects of an Echocardiography Department. 

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ULTR-1009Human Workplace Relations 1
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This course is designed to develop the student’s awareness and demonstration of safety practices when performing ultrasound exams and transporting equipment. It will identify the principles and application of Routine Practices, Medical Techniques, patient care, patient transfers, cultural awareness, and ethics and professionalism as per Sonography Canada.

ULTR-2001DMS Physics 2
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This course builds upon the content in ULTR-1001 covering the physics and instrumentation relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography. Specific topics covered included Instrumentation, Doppler, Artifacts, Quality Assurance, and Bioeffects.  

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ULTR-2006Cardiac Sonography 2
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Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography 2 is a continuation of Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography 1. The focus of this course has shifted to the etiology, hemodynamics, signs and symptoms and sonographic patterns as relevant to the interpretation and quantification of cardiac disease processes, including, Diastolic Function, Cardiac Embryology and Fetal Circulation, and Congenital Heart Disease. Sonographic techniques and modalities such as Transesophageal Echocardiography, Stress Echocardiography, Contrast Echocardiography and Provocative Maneuvers, and 3D/RT3D (4D) Echocardiography will also be covered in this term.  Students will be challenged throughout this course to fully appreciate the many variables and factors in the accurate assessment and documentation of cardiac pathology. 

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ULTR-2007Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 2
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Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 2 will continue to teach communication, professional responsibility, patient care, PHIA, ergonomics, and workplace safety with the operation of sonographic equipment. Using appropriate safety techniques, students will complete final preparations for clinical practicum by transitioning to complete independent cardiac sonography examinations (routine/protocol). 

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ULTR-2008Cardiac Practicum 2
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While participating in Echocardiogram examinations performed in the clinical sites Echocardiography Department (under direct clinical supervision) students will build upon the theoretical knowledge gained from the didactic phase of the program. Skills learned in ULTR-1008 are expanded, and an increasing level of independence from novice to entry to practice should be demonstrated. Throughout ULTR-2008 the students will continue to scan patients (hands-on experience), while applying and strengthening: theoretical knowledge, recognition of theoretical pathology, patient care skills, patient history taking, the completion of a cardiac technical impression, case presentation to a Cardiologist as required, all while participating in all aspects of an Echocardiography Department.  

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ULTR-2009Human Workplace Relations 2
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This course is designed to complement the material taught in Term 1 and provide the students with tools/techniques they can utilize in their hospital training and future roles as sonographers. The content in this course will cover Department communication procedures and how to handle an emergency situation; Differing hospital codes; Aseptic techniques; Geriatrics and Pediatrics; Communication skills; Sensitive practices; Recognizing signs of sexual abuse, Ethics and Professionalism as per Sonography Canada.

ULTR-3005Cardiac Practicum 3
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In Term 5 (last 8 week duration) of the DCS Program, students continue in their clinical practicum with an emphasis on successfully completing their Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA). The focus in Term 5 is to continue to build on the theoretical knowledge learned in the didactic phase of the program and application in a clinical setting. The main focus of Term 5 clinical will be to build upon skills introduced in terms 3 and 4 while participating in all aspects of an Echocardiography departmental setting, under the supervision of qualified professionals; the student should be demonstrating increasing independence and progression from a novice performance level to now building into the entry level of competency in the profession of Cardiac Sonography (Term 5). During Term 5 the students will continue to scan patients (hands on experience), while applying and strengthening:  theoretical knowledge, recognition of theoretical pathology, patient care skills, patient history taking, the completion of a cardiac technical impression, case presentation to a Cardiologist as required, all while participating in all aspects of an Echocardiography Department. 

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