The Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership (CVT) program is offered by Clemson University in partnership with Prisma Health. 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 program complete 15 months of immersive didactic and clinical instruction.
- Ultrasound Physics
- Introduction to Cardiovascular Sonography
- Echocardiography Principles
- Echocardiography Methods
- Vascular Sonography Principles
- Vascular Sonography Methods
- Three semesters of fieldwork experience
The CVT courses are taught by registered CVT Educators in the Health Sciences Center at Prisma Health. The CVT fieldwork courses are directed by registered cardiovascular sonographers within multiple inpatient and outpatient locations in the Prisma Health Upstate network. 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.
Cardiovascular Sonography: Resources