Courses

The program requires a minimum of 64 credit hours. 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

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

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COLLEGE PHYSICS

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ENGLISH COMPOSITION

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MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY

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HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I WITH LAB

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HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II WITH LAB

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First Year - Fall Semester

DMS 130

INTRO TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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This course will discuss the many health professions careers, specifically, relevant to the medical imaging department. Students will develop an understanding of the healthcare system in the United States and recognize the requirements of health professionals in today's healthcare system, specifically sonographers. Students will be instructed in sonographer and patient safety, including ergonomics, legal, ethical and regulatory issues. Scope of practice, patient care techniques, assessment and treatment will be introduced.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 140

APPLIED SECTIONAL ANATOMY

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This course is an introduction to cross-sectional anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvic anatomy with emphasis on structures visualized with computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 205

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I

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This course will cover the following sonographic principles: sonographers in the clinical setting, sound and sound waves, pulsed waves, intensities, interaction of sound and media, echo ranging, transducers and sound beams, axial and lateral resolution, display modes and two-dimensional imaging.

  • Credits: 3.0

DMS 205L

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I LAB

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The purpose of this course is to provide hands-on experience in the lab setting as a supplement lessons taught in DMS 205. Students will learn how apply the lessons from class to setup and use the ultrasound machines.

  • Credits: 1.0

DMS 209

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR I

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This course will discuss concepts that will facilitate the student's entry and success in the field of sonography. Topics include: DMS Program Portfolio, NMC's Educated 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
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    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 will focus on an introduction in echocardiography. It will include medical terminology with application to sonography. Course work will cover many topics including anatomy of the heart, basic embryology, cardiac physiology, principles of cardiac hemodynamics and cardiac evaluation. Students will also learn the different exams performed in the echo lab.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 220L

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY I LAB

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This laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in CVS 220. Students will continue to 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 work taught in CVS 220.

  • Credits: 1.0

CVS 221

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND I

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This course will focus on the introduction to vascular ultrasound and principles. The course will cover anatomy, hemodynamics, imaging techniques and pathophysiology of the vascular system; upper and lower extremity venous, upper and lower extremity arterial system and the cerebrovascular system. Topics include: Patient history, mechanisms of disease, Duplex imaing, segmental arterial pressures, plethysmography, invasive testing and therapeutic intervention.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 221L

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND I LAB

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This laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in CVS 221. Students will learn scanning techniques in the lab 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. You will learn how to perform a carotid ultrasound, lower extremity venous and arterial duplexes, physiologic exams of the lower extremities and an ankle/brachial index.

  • 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

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WORLD OF IDEAS

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Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course.

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 3.0

First Year - Summer Semester

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, ankle/brachial indices and segmental arterial pressures. Correlation of theory to practice is measures through attendance, clinical logs, and evaluations. The student will be required to complete a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCLS) prior to the start of this clinical practicum.

  • Credits: 4.0

CVS 320L

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY LAB II

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The laboratory is used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically. This laboratory course will be a continuation of CVS 220L Echocardiography Lab I. The student will build on the scanning techniques already learned. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the course work taught in CVS 220 and 320.

  • 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. Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, scanning assignments and competency exams over the course of the semester.

  • Credits: 1.0

HUM 213

INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTHCARE ETHICS

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This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

  • Credits: 3.0

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: 4.0

CVS 320

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY II

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This course will expand on cardiovascular pathologies and various conditions stemming from abnormal physiology. Topics that will be covered are infective endocarditis, prosthetic valves, ischemic heart disease, cardiomyopathies, pericardial effusion, heart failure, tumors, and congenital anomalies. Students will present cases in an open forum for discussion and evaluation.

  • 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

Second Year - Spring 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 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

DMS 307

SONOGRAPHIC SEMINAR II

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This course will assist students in the transition from student sonographer to professional sonographer, including ARDMS registry exam preparation. Students will also be required to take the SPI examination as part of this course prior to graduation. 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

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

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

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PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVE COURSE

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Consult Program Director for list of electives.

  • Credits: 3.0

CVS 251

DIRECTED 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