The Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership (CVT) program is offered by Clemson University in partnership with Greenville Health System (GHS). The program provides undergraduate students with a required core of public health, science and leadership classes on Clemson’s campus and technical training in noninvasive cardiovascular technology at the GHS Patewood campus.
CVT Program Goal
Develop the next generation of dually credentialed sonographers capable of offering cutting edge technologies for cardiovascular patients and the vascular surgeons and cardiologists who treat their diseases.
The CVT program produces graduates who demonstrate the capacity to function as statewide and national leaders within this rapidly growing healthcare field.
Students accepted into this competitive undergraduate program must complete 124 credit hours of coursework including eight CVT-specific courses.
- Ultrasound Physics
- Introduction to Cardiovascular Sonography
- Echocardiography Principles
- Echocardiography Methods
- Vascular Sonography Principles
- Vascular Sonography Methods
- Three semesters of fieldwork experience
The junior-level CVT courses are taught by registered cardiovascular sonographers at the GHS Institute for Vascular Health. The senior-level CVT fieldwork courses are directed by registered cardiovascular sonographers within multiple inpatient and outpatient clinical settings throughout GHS. Graduates of this concentration are prepared to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) exams in adult echocardiography (RDCS) and vascular technology (RVT).
Once credentialed, they are eligible to begin work as entry-level cardiovascular sonographers or apply to graduate-level programs including medical school or physician assistant programs.