Mar 04, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Echocardiography Certificate Program

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The echocardiography certificate program aligns with USF’s mission to create high level and competent healthcare workers to the current healthcare staffing shortages and to the local demands of our healthcare systems. The University of Saint Francis is fulfilling the mission of service to our community and cultivating a broaden learning spectrum of sonography. Assessment will align in prospect of gaining accreditation which requires data tracking and analysis. For example, course pass rates, program completion rates, credentialing exam pass rates and employment rates. Since echocardiography is a specialized area of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, assessment guidelines are congruent with each other.

A total of 31 credits is required

Program Goal

To prepare competent entry-level cardiac sonographers in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains for echocardiography. The program will provide high quality didactic, lab, and clinical atmospheres for transformative learning. Student sonographers will be able to think critically and compassionately. Understanding the complexities of healthcare will be a focus of the program, including areas of professionalism, ethical behaviors, and skilled and quality care. Through these goals the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program compliments the mission of the University of Saint Francis; cultivating individual personal growth through applied healthcare education that results in impactful professionals.


Program Goal Minimum Expectations:

o    Provide high quality education in didactic, lab, and clinicals.

o    Grow individuals to think critically, compassionately, and ethically.

o    Deliver professionals with entry level, but quality skills who are impactful to healthcare and society.


 Student Learning Outcomes for Echocardiography

1.       Obtain, review, and integrate pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data to facilitate optimum diagnostic results in echocardiography. (Cognitive)

2.       Perform appropriate procedures in echocardiography and record anatomic, pathologic, and/or physiologic data for interpretation by a physician. (Psychomotor)

3.       Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of sonographic and/or other diagnostic services. (Affective) 

4.       Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients and colleagues. (Psychomotor)

5.       Act in a professional and ethical manner. (Affective) 

6.       Provide patient education related to medical ultrasound and promote principles of good health. (Cognitive)

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