Courses

The program requires a minimum of 70 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

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

MAT 120

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

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This course is designed for students who need to review basic college 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

PHY 100

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 some laboratory exercises.

  • 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

BIO 225

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

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This course will introduce students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as for the study of all healthcare related subjects.  Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced.  Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology and histology are reviewed/introduced in both the classroom and laboratory settings.  Students are introduced to the eleven body systems.  This course then focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the Anatomy (structure) and Physiology (function) of the Integumentary, the Nervous, the Skeletal, and the Muscular Systems.   Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

  • Credits: 4.0

BIO 226

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

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The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    BIO 225

    Pre/Corequisites: CHE 100

PSY 101/215

PSYCHOLOGY COURSE

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PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory.

  • Credits: 3.0

PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
The Lifespan 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 
  • Prerequisite: As determined by program
  • Credits: 3.0

First Year - Fall Semester

HPS 100

HEALTHCARE FUNDAMENTALS I

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This course will serve as an overview for all members of the healthcare delivery team. Focus will be placed on: the basic skills needed to perform quality patient care, relationships with other healthcare team members, patient safety, and scope of practice for each profession, vital signs, HIPAA, infection control, invasive procedures, and self-care.

  • Credits: 1.0

CVS 110

VASCULAR ANATOMY & IMAGE OPTIMIZATION

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This course is designed to explore basic anatomy and imaging techniques of the vascular system.  Students will begin performing carotid and lower extremity venous ultrasound examinations.  This course will incorporate lab sessions to perform basic imaging optimization skills by scanning and understanding the basic knobology of the ultrasound equipment.  Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, participation, quizzes, assignments, scanning assignments, and competency exams over the course of the semester.
 

  • Credits: 2.0

CVS 111

CARDIAC ANATOMY & IMAGE OPTIMIZATION

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This course is designed to explore basic anatomy and imaging techniques of the cardiac system.  Students will learn different basic cardiac images and optimization skills to achieve the best quality image.  This course will incorporate lab sessions to start basic imaging, and learning basic knobology of the ultrasound equipment.  Correlation of theory to practice will be measured through attendance, participation, quizzes, assignments, scanning assignments, and competency exams over the course of the semester.

  • Credits: 2.0

DMS 205

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS I

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

  • 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 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

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

DMS 306

SONOGRAPHIC PHYSICS II

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This course continues where DMS 206 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: 2.0

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

HUM 219

MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS

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This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of medical laws, ethical principles and bioethics for the healthcare practitioner. The application of these fundamental principles will be applied using current medical-legal issues and bioethical dilemmas of today. The course is designed to improve the student’s ability to critically think and make sound decisions that are in alignment with professional ethics and values, integrity and judgment. The course will include such areas as confidentiality, privacy, consents, responsible practice, professionalism, bioethical dilemmas, and key legal aspects that influence the healthcare practitioner.

  • Credits: 3.0

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

  • Credits: 3.0

First Year - Summer Semester

CVS 310L

CARDIOVASCULAR LAB

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The laboratory course will be used to enhance and reinforce material taught didactically in CVS 320 and CVS 321. 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 be able to complete a full echocardiogram, lower extremity venous duplex, lower extremity arterial duplex, upper extremity venous duplex, upper extremity arterial duplex, cerebrovascular duplex, limited vascular abdominal imaging, ankle-brachial indices, and segmental arterial examinations by the end of the lab course.

  • Credits: 1.0

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 325

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: 2.0

CVS 322

VASCULAR ULTRASOUND II

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This course will focus on expanding on vascular pathologies. Topics that will be covered are: abdominal evaluations, preoperative mapping, penile Dopplers, transcranial Doppler (TCD), 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 will also expand on the principles of evidence based practice and research methods.

  • Credits: 2.0

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

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 281

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: 8.0

CVS 360

CLINICAL REASONING

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Clinical reasoning is designed to sharpen the student's deductive reasoning and sonographic interpretation skills through the use of case studies and medical literature.  The focus of the class will be on sonographic anatomy, developing a clinical hypothesis, and establishing a differential diagnosis for commonly encountered sonographic pathology in Vascular Technology and Adult Echocardiography.  

  • 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

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 286

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: 8.0

Program Electives

CVS ***

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