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  Sep 23, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Cardiovascular Technology, B.S.


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Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in cardiovascular technology is awarded upon:

  1. satisfactory completion of at least 100 semester hours of academic work, including all courses prescribed in the curriculum below;
  2. satisfactory completion of an intensive CVT training program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

Admission and Retention Standards for Cardiovascular Technology

Admission to CVT training programs is very competitive, and only a limited number of candidates can be admitted in each class. For this reason the following retention standards are applied during the academic portion of this program at USC:

Retention. Progressive GPA standards are enforced for continuation in the program. Upon completion of 30 credit hours a minimum GPA of 2.50 is required; at 60 credit hours a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required. Upon completion of the specified academic requirements, only students who have gained admission into an approved CVT training facility will be retained in the program.

Transfer students admitted to this degree program must complete the last 30 credit hours of academic work in residence at the University of South Carolina prior to entering the intensive CVT training program.

Students who have already completed a CVT training program or CVT internship will not be eligible for acceptance into this major.

Learning Outcomes

  • Student demonstrates oral skills and knowledge by communicating effectively in spoken English.
  • Student will be evaluated after completion of the academic portion of the Internship.
  • Student will be evaluated monthly during the clinical portion of the internship.
  • At the completion of the program of study, the student will be eligible to sit for the national registry exam.  From the lecture, laboratory and clinical rotations, the student will demonstrate competency in one of more areas of Cardiovascular Technology.

Basic Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degrees (128 Hours)


Note: Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology or Statistics, and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a major in Chemistry require 120 hours. All other Bachelor of Science degrees require a minimum of 128 hours.

  1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements
  2. Major
  3. Cognate or Minor Requirements
  4. Electives

1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements


CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 Hours)


  • Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (A Minimum of 9 Hours for CVT major)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

Bachelor of Science degree in CVT requires a minimum of 9 hours, to include:

SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy (8 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

GFL: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Communicate Effectively in More than One Language (0-9 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required for all baccalaureate degrees. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (6 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • One Carolina Core GHS-approved course primarily focused on U.S. History: HIST 111, 112, 214, or another GHS approved course determined by the College of Arts and Sciences to fit this geographic category and
  • One Carolina Core GHS-approved course primarily focused on non-U.S. History: HIST 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, GERM 280, FAMS 300, or another GHS-approved course determined by the College of Arts and Sciences to fit this geographic category.

GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (6 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements:

  • Up to two of these requirements may be met in overlay courses. At least one of these requirements must be satisfied by a course not applied elsewhere in general education. (3-9 hours)

CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 Hours)


INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)


VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 Hours)


Other Required General Education Courses for the College of Arts and Sciences


Fine Arts and Humanities Requirements (3 Hours)


  • Bachelor of Science degrees require 3 Hours in the fine arts. (May be taken as Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding.)
  • Bachelor of Science degrees require an additional 3 Hours in the fine arts or humanities.
    • CLAS 230  is required for the Humanities requirement of the AIU.

2. Cardiovascular Technology Major


Major Requirements (30 Hours)


d. CVT Training


  • Satisfactory completion of an approved CVT training program.
  • Students who have already completed a CVT training program or CVT internship will not be eligible for acceptance into this major.

3. Intensive Clinical Training Program


The 18-month intensive clinical training program replaces the cognate.

School of Cardiovascular Technology Affiliated with the University of South Carolina


Providence Hospital’s School of Cardiovascular Diagnostics, Columbia SC

Harry T. Harper Jr., MD School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology, University Hospital, Augusta, GA

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The clinical faculty member listed below is also designated as a special lecturer on the cardiovascular technology program at the University of South Carolina.

Claude Smith, M.D., Medical Director Providence Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina

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