Courses

The program requires a minimum of 70 credit hours, beginning with the fall 2017 cohort. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

The echocardiography portion of the curriculum focuses on imaging of the heart, looking at the chambers, valves, vessels and functionality of the heart. Students also focus on the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.

The vascular technology portion of the curriculum focuses on the anatomy of the circulatory system to help diagnose and treat conditions involving the venous and arterial systems, including the neck, arms, legs and abdomen.

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements. As an educated citizen, NMC graduates are competent practitioners and respond productively to the complex dynamics of the world, utilizing a diversity of disciplines and perspectives.

Program Prerequisites

COM 101

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

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This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCI 105

ALGEBRA

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This course is designed for students who need to review basic algebra skills. It covers topics including positive and negative real numbers, solving linear equations and their applications, integer exponents, operations with polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, graphing and equations of lines.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCI 110

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS

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This course discusses the major fundamental themes in classical physics of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. Includes a laboratory.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCI 116

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in healthcare terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

  • Credits: 1.0

SCI 200

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY: PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE

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Structure and function of the cell, and the nervous, skeletal, muscle systems, special senses; circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, reproductive systems, as well as necessary aspects of chemistry, physics, embryology, and histology are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

  • Credits: 5.0

SSC 101/215

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVE

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SSC 101: INTRO TO PYSCHOLOGY

This course is designed to merge science with a broad human perspective and to engage both the mind and the heart. It sets forth the principles and processes of psychology and is sensitive to student's needs and interests. It helps students gain insight into the important phenomena in everyday life, to feel a sense of wonder about seemingly ordinary human processes and to see how psychology addresses issues that cross disciplines.

SSC 215 : LIFE-SPAN PSYCHOLOGY

The Life-Span perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

  • Credits: 3.0

First Year - Fall Semester

DMS 130

INTRO TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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This course will focus on the medical imaging careers and their interprofessional healthcare relationships. Students will develop an understanding of the US healthcare delivery system, and how healthcare delivery changes affect medical imaging. Students will be instructed in sonographer and patient safety, ergonomics, scope of practice, patient care techniques, assessment and treatment will also be introduced.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 140

APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY

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This course provides an introduction to the basics of cross-sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen andpelvic anatomy with emphasis on structures visualized in diagnostic medical sonography, computerized tomography(CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine. The anatomy will be evaluated in multiple planes.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 205

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I

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This course will introduce fundamental sonographic theory including terminology, equipment, basic transducerconstruction and function, introduction to Doppler, and adjusting system controls for image acquisition. This course willcover beginning concepts in sonographic physics including pulsed sound parameters, intensities, and interactions ofsound with media, range equation, transducers, sound beams, and axial and lateral resolution

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 205L

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I LAB

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This lab will provide the students with hands-on experience in the use of diagnostic medical sonography equipment.Students will learn how to properly hold and manipulate the transducer, properly adjust equipment settings to creatediagnostic images, identify image orientation as it relates to various scanning planes, and to properly set Dopplercontrols.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 209

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR I

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This course will facilitate the student's entry into the field of diagnostic medical sonography and facilitate thetransition from student to healthcare professional through exploration of personal and professional values aswell as professional communication and thought processes. Topics include: DMS Program Portfolio, NMC'sEducated Citizen concepts, personal values, leadership, respect, professionalism and cultural competence.

  • Credits: 2.0

HUM 150

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC

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There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking.  Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas.  Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study

SCI 206

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

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This survey course begins with a major focus on cellular function and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibria. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis; fluid acid/base balance; gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine and neurological functions are emphasized. The student will be introduced to pharmacological principles of commonly used classes of medications. The various drug classifications and general characteristics of drugs within a class are examined. These characteristics include the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects, adverse effects and drug interactions of common drugs within each class.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 200

First Year - Spring Semester

CVS 220

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY I

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This course is designed to explore the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and imaging techniques of the Cardiac system.  Students will describe the different views needed for an echocardiogram and be able to recognize characteristics of normal valves by 2D, color Doppler, and Doppler.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 220L

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY I LAB

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The laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in CVS 220. Students will learn scanning techniques in the laboratory on real-time ultrasound equipment. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the course of the semester.

  • Credits: 1.0

CVS 221

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND I

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Students will explore the anatomy, hemodynamics, physiology and pathophysiology of the vascular system. Students will apply knowledge of disease processes. This course will focus on the sonographic appearances of various vascular examinations.  

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 221L

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND I LAB

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The laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in CVS 221. Students will learn scanning techniques in the laboratory on real-time ultrasound equipment. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through scanning assignments and competency exams over the course of the semester.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 305

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II

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This course continues where DMS 205 leaves off. The following sonographic principles will be covered: real-time imaging, pulse echo instrumentation, displays and image processing, dynamic range, harmonics and contrast agents, hemodynamics, Doppler principles, Doppler optimization, artifacts, quality assurance and bioeffects.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM ---

WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVE

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Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course. The course must be categorized within one of the following three sections:

  • The World of Ideas: Human Connection
  • The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives
  • The World of Ideas: The Arts

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 219

MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

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This course addresses a broad range of topics related to professional ethics and law including application of ethical principles, theories and models related to incidence and prevention of medical mistakes and state and federal laws that affect sonographers

  • Credits: 3.0

First Year - Summer Semester

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

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COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 280

CLINICAL PRACTICUM I

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Students are assigned to the clinical setting to begin their hands-on experience performing sonographic procedures and practice patient care skills. The student will start to develop skills to carry out sonographic examinations and gain the ability to recognize normal and abnormal sonographic patterns. The student will work closely with their clinical preceptor, as well as other staff technologists. Students will begin to perform examinations including transthoracic echocardiography, carotid duplex, lower extremity venous and arterial duplex, upper extremity venous and arterial duplex, ankle/brachial indices and segmental arterial pressures. Correlation of theory to practice is measured through attendance, clinical logs, and evaluations.

  • Credits: 4.0

CVS 320L

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY LAB II

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The laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in CVS 220. Students will learn scanning techniques in the laboratory on real-time ultrasound equipment. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the course of the semester. Students will complete all 2D images of an echocardiogram, to include color and Doppler.  

  • Credits: 1.0

CVS 321L

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND LAB II

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This laboratory course will be a continuation of CVS 221L Vascular Ultrasound Lab I. The student will build on the scanning techniques already learned. Upper extremity venous and arterial imaging will be introduced during this laboratory course, as well as abdominal aortic imaging. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the course of the semester.

  • Credits: 1.0

Second Year - Fall Semester

CVS 213

PRINCIPLES OF EKG

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This course will focus on EKG theory and interpretation. The student will learn how to perform an EKG on a patient, as well as learning to recognize basic rhythms and the components of an EKG. Students will also review case studies throughout this course.

  • Credits: 2.0

CVS 285

CLINICAL PRACTICUM II

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As a continuation of Clinical Practicum I, students will continue to develop their Sonography skills under supervision of their clinical preceptor. The student will more actively participate in examinations, daily lab functions and patient care. In addition, students will continue to perform examinations in cardiac and vascular Sonography, with the addition of upper extremity imaging and physiological testing.

  • Credits: 5.0 (Effective Fall 2017) (4.0 for the cardiovascular cohort graduating in May 2018)

CVS 320

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY II

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This course is designed to explore a variety of pathologies that can be present on an echocardiogram.  Students will learn and perform measurements that are needed to evaluate pathologies on a case by case scenario.  During this course students will also learn to read echocardiogram exams and create echo reports.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 321

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND II

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This course will focus on expanding on vascular pathologies. Topics that will be covered are: pathology of the vascular system, preoperative mapping, penile dopplers, transcranial Doppler (TCD), different types of plethysmography, continuous-wav e Doppler, quality assurance and other conditions. The essential components of a case presentation are introduced. Students will present cases in an open forum for discussion and evaluation. Students are also introduced to principles of evidence based practice and research methods.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 235

THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE

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This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Spring Semester

SSC 325

APPLIED ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH

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Evidence-based practice is an important component of effective clinical management. This course allows students to develop skills in applied statistics and research while learning to critically examine healthcare information from a variety of sources, including but not limited to professional journals, governmental reports and public media.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 307

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR II

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Students will be required to take an ARDMS specialty examination (Adult Echocardiography or Vascular Technology) as part of this course prior to graduation. This course will assist students in the transition from student sonographer to professional sonographer, including ARDMS registry exam preparation. Additional topics such as resume writing, interview and negotiation skills, understanding benefits and different avenues of the sonography career ladder are also discussed.

  • Credits: 2.0

CVS 380

CLINICAL PRACTICUM III

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This course is a continuation of Clinical Practicum II, in which the students' clinical experiences are broadened to include and perform more advanced cardiovascular imaging techniques and assessments in the clinical setting. Professional judgment, patient care and critical thinking skills are further developed through interaction with patients and health care providers.

  • Credits: 6.0

COM 290

PORTFOLIO SYNTHESIS

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This course is designed to prepare associate degree students for the required portfolio presentation they deliver in their final semester. Students will apply the reflective process to the goals of the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum in online assignments and in an in-person presentation. A complete portfolio, successful completion of the course, and successful presentation are required as the culminating assignment before graduation.

  • Credits: 0.0

Program Electives

CVS ***

PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVE COURSE

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Consult Program Director for list of electives.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 390

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

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In the final semester of the program, students may have the option of performing additional clinical experience depending on their interests. Areas may include but are not limited to vascular, adult echo, pediatrics and fetal echo. This experience is not meant to be comprehensive in nature, but to provide an introduction to a more specific area of interest.

Note: Students interested in completing this course should communicate a semester in advance with their advisor and/or Clinical Coordinator. A clinical affiliation agreement must be in place for the student to participate.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

CVS 420

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

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A clinical externship is an opportunity for a student to complete a clinical experience at a site other than the current approved program clinical affiliates.

Note: Students interested in completing this course should communicate a semester in advance with their advisor and/or Clinical Coordinator. A clinical affiliation agreement must be in place for the student to participate.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0
  • Prerequisites: Instructor permission