All applicants are required to read the following information because a certificate in advanced cardiovascular technology will lead the qualifying holder of this certificate to take different certification examinations depending on the concentration chosen.
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography registry exams:
Cardiovascular Credentialing International:
Therefore, all individuals applying to the KU Certificate in Advanced Cardiovascular Technology program will be asked to verify they have read and understand these technical standards.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROFESSION
Cardiovascular technologists are employed throughout the country in medical centers, community hospitals, physician offices, imaging centers, clinical research laboratories, and the medical industry. They assist physicians and surgeons in performing many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures both in the hospital and in the outpatient setting. The specialized fields of cardiovascular technology are in constant demand.
The University of Kansas offers two specialty concentrations:
On overview of the professions by concentrations:
Adult and pediatric cardiac sonography utilizes various diagnostic modalities for the evaluation of cardiovascular anatomy, function, and hemodynamics. The sonographer’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, patient interviews, instruction and preparation, quality control testing, execution of patient imaging procedures including: routine and complex echocardiograms, treadmill and pharmacological stress echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiogram, computer image acquisition and image enhancement, and patient preparation for various procedures. A cardiac sonographer must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cardiac pathology, pathophysiology, and hemodynamics in different disease states.
Vascular technology utilizes ultrasound to evaluate blood flow within the arteries and veins of the body, other than those of the heart, to evaluate for the presence of vascular disease. Vascular sonographer’s perform duplex imaging in the following areas of the body: upper and lower extremity arteries the arteries of the neck and head and the arteries of the renal arteries, veins and kidneys. The sonographer’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, patient interviews, instruction and preparation.
The following are the standard physical requirements for working within the clinical environment as a student in this program. There requirements have been established as a result of clinical affiliates providing instruction during the course of the program to the students in training. Students unable to meet these requirements should contact the program director.
Visual acuity is necessary for watching patient’s vital signs and for accurate image acquisition for both invasive and noninvasive procedures.
Hearing and speech needs to be sufficient to communicate effectively and efficiently with all patients. Communications include not only speech but also reading and writing.
The student in training must be able to:
Conceptual and Analytical Reasoning
Applying didactic knowledge effectively and efficiently in a clinical setting an example would be an effective response to a medical emergency. The ability to recognize, assess and react using good judgement in response to an adverse event.
The student in training must have manual dexterity and good physical coordination to position patients and operate and transport equipment and must have full range of motion, utility of arms, hands and fingers in order to perform examinations and operate equipment. This is also necessary to assist patients on and off examinations tables and to assist patients and other healthcare team members with lifting patients out of wheel chairs and off carts onto examinations tables when necessary.
The student in training must have the following capabilities:
Behavioral and Social
The ACVT student must have the following skills and abilities:
The student must be able to perform the following:
[Metal objects in the body]
It is the student's responsibility to notify the program's admissions committee and/or program director if there is any reason he or she cannot meet the expectations for the student in the advanced cardiovascular technology program described above with or without reasonable accommodations.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the program. Applications from candidates whose response indicates that they cannot meet one or more of the expectations will be reviewed further by the program admissions committee to determine if reasonable accommodations might be possible to facilitate successful completion of the certificate program. The applicant, program faculty, and the University of Kansas equal opportunity/disability specialist will participate in the review together.
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