FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS DIACF-AD Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Echocardiography

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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COMM-1173Communication Strategies
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

MEDL-1048Foundations in Healthcare 1
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Allied Health Professionals are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services. In this course, students will be introduced to critical topics, and skills in which all allied-health professionals must demonstrate competency. Students will explore legal, technical and theoretical topics related to the provision of healthcare. In addition, application type activities will enable students to develop skills such as Infection control techniques, proper use of body mechanics and assessing vital signs.

MEDL-2048Foundations in Healthcare 2
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In this course, students will continue to explore important topics relevant to Allied Health professionals. In addition, students will develop interdisciplinary partnerships and team-building skills through collaboration, consultation and discussions.

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PRAC-3021Cardiac Sonography 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 Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 1 and 2. The main focus of Term 3 Cardiac Practicum 1 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.

Prerequisites:
COMM-1173, MEDL-1048, ULTR-2006, ULTR-2010 (minimum grade of B required) and ULTR-2007
PRAC-4021Cardiac Sonography 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 the first practicum are expanded upon, and an increasing level of independence from novice to entry to practice should be demonstrated. Throughout this course, students will continue to scan patients - gaining 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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PRAC-5021Cardiac Sonography Practicum 3
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In Term 5 (last 8 week duration) of the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography Program, students continue in their clinical practicum with an emphasis on successfully completing their Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA). Term 5 Cardiac focuses on building upon practical skills introduced in terms 3 and 4. Under the supervision of qualified professionals; the student will demonstrate increasing independent practice in echocardiography skills and progression into an entry to practice level of competency.

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ULTR-1006Cardiac Sonography Theory 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. 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.

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ULTR-1006 and ULTR-1007 are corequisites
ULTR-1007Cardiac Sonography Laboratory Techniques 1
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Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 1, Laboratory Modules, and Practicum Introduction to Health Care Practices introduces students to sonographic imaging of the heart. The course will emphasize the operation of sonographic equipment in the creation and interpretation of 2 Dimensional, M-mode and Cardiac Doppler imaging.


The focus of observations in allied health and cardiac clinic areas is to expose the student to a dynamic, fast paced clinical environment. Students will build on professional behaviors such as patient care, communication, safety practices, increased understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various health care professionals and enhance knowledge of cardiac diagnostic and associated therapeutics.

These topics will be reinforced in Cardiac Laboratory Techniques 2, as well as the clinical practicum.

Prerequisites:
ULTR-1006 and ULTR-1007 are corequisites
ULTR-1010Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics 1
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In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts and principles of the physics and instrumentation relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography.

ULTR-2006Cardiac Sonography Theory 2
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Cardiac Sonography 2 is a continuation of 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 Sonography Laboratory Techniques 2
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In this course, using appropriate safety techniques, students will complete final preparations for clinical practicum by transitioning to complete independent cardiac sonography examinations (routine/protocol).


The focus of observations in allied health, echocardiography, and cardiac clinic areas is to expose the student to a dynamic, fast paced clinical environment. Students will build on professional behaviors such as patient care, communication, safety practices, increased understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various health care professionals and enhance knowledge of cardiac diagnostic and associated therapeutics.

Prerequisites:
ULTR-1006 and ULTR-1010 (minimum grade of B required) and ULTR-1007
ULTR-2006 and uLTR are corequisites
ULTR-2010Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics 2
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This course builds upon the concepts that were previously introduced in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Physics 1. Students will further examine the physics and instrumentation, relevant to the safe and effective practice of diagnostic medical sonography.

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