Jan 22, 2022  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

SONO 2009 - Adult Echocardiography Clinic 1

Credit hours: 2

Prerequisites: Admission into Sonography Program (Chattanooga State)

Industry Certifications American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography’s Adult Echocardiography (AE) certification examination (though the learner is not eligible until completing a minimum of a 12-month accredited sonography program).

Course Description:
An introduction to the adult echocardiography imaging process, with a focus on cardiac anatomy and pathology. The student will become familiar with the clinical setting, the actual operation of ultrasound instrumentation, exam indications, and the required protocol for sonography exams. Case group studies and imaging critiques will be performed, and the student’s performance will be evaluated through clinical competencies in each related category through sonographer and instructor evaluations.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

  1. Properly perform routine patient care and management techniques. 
  2. Transition from a passive mode of observation to a more active mode of assisting the sonographer in sonographic cardiac examination performance, to include scanning and image archiving methods. 
  3. Obtain the appropriate clinical history and indicative data to support optimal diagnostic results. 
  4. Exercise discretion and judgment in communications with patients and physicians concerning examination process and results. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of human structure and function, as well as pathologic presentation, as related to adult echocardiographic imaging.  
  6. Demonstrate a beginner’s working knowledge of the ultrasound unit’s instrumentation. 
  7. Operate under the Sonographers’ Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice, adhering to established HIPAA and Joint Commission policies and regulations.