Geneva College

Course Descriptions

CVS-405/505  Introduction to the Medical Environment  (1 credit) 
Orientation to the hospital, medical terminology, medical library, medical records, basis of medical ethics.  
CVS-410/510  Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology  (3 credits per course) 
Emphasis on normal and pathological coronary anatomy, ventricular function and congenital heart disease. The student will be able to distinguish various pathologic conditions and understand the effect on the cardiovascular system. The student will be able to collaborate with other health care professionals and integrate this knowledge to patient care.   
CVS-415/515  Monitoring Instrumentation and Techniques  (2 credits) 
Basic electronics and physics of monitoring systems, pressure transducers, fluid dynamics.  Catheter insertion techniques, hemodynamic profiles.  

CVS-420/520 Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory:
CVS-421/521 Practices and Procedures  (3 credits per course)
Principles of x-ray imaging, radiation safety, catheterization techniques and equipment, hemodynamic calculations. The student will develop skills to integrate this knowledge to the clinical rotations and care of patients.

CVS-425/525 Gas Exchange and Fluid Balance  (3 credits)
An integrated look at the lung and kidneys in pH homeostasis, electrolyte balance and gas transport. The student will be able to review clinical laboratory information and analyze the status of a patient and understand the implications of the data.

CVS-430/530 Electrophysiology and Electrocardiography  (2 credits)
Emphasis on arrhythmias and infarction patterns. The student will become familiar with brady and tachy arrhythmias as well as myocardial infarction interpretation. 

CVS-435/535 Clinical Laboratory Information and Instrumentation  (2 credits)
Statistical and quality control methods; interpretation of medical literature, blood gas, electrolyte and coagulation measurement in the cardiac cath. lab. The student will learn to integrate these quality control and clinical laboratory methods within the clinical practice.

CVS-450/550 Cardiovascular Pharmacology  (2 credits)
Principles of administration and hemodynamic and electrophysiologic effects of cardiovascular drugs and other medications. This seminar will cover the relationship of pharmacology to caring for patients and allow the student to apply safe methods of medication administration.

CVS-455/555 Basic and Advanced & Pediatric Cardiac Life Support  (3 credit)
Preparation for certification by the American Heart Association for Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. At the end of this course the student will be able to assess and treat various adult and pediatric life support conditions.  The student will take the nationally recognized AHA courses to complete the course successfully.

CVS-432/532 Medical and Surgical Treatment of Cardiac Disease  (2 credits)
Overview of therapeutic measures for treatment of cardiac disease.

CVS –440/540 Clinical Practice Applications (1 credit) (Clinical Class)
Practical introduction to products and equipment utilized for cardiac catheterization procedures. Hands-on practice will be emphasized to assist development of basic clinical skills prior to the clinical rotations.  Students will also be taught about HIPAA and infection control. 

CVS –441/541 Clinical Practice ( 8 credits)
CVS –442/542 Clinical Practice (12 credits)
CLINICALS Cardiac Catheterization Monitoring Practice 
Cardiac Catheterization Scrub Practice
Cardiac Catheterization Circulate Practice
Rotating clinical practice under the guidance of preceptors. Clinical skills are learned by observation and practice. Students are exposed to a variety of procedures and expected to function independently once skill sets are developed. Clinical skills sets are supported by academic instruction.

CVS-610 Cardiac Cell Electrophysiology (Credits 3)
To gain better understanding of cardiac electrophysiology.  The class will incorporate basic science addressing molecular and structural causes of arrhythmias.  The student will develop an appreciation for the complexity of diagnosing a patient with arrhythmia symptoms.

CVS-613 Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology IV (3 Credits)
The detailed anatomy and physiology of the cardiac conducting systems which provide a foundation for the understanding of common pathologies.

CVS-615 Electrophysiology Laboratory: Practices and Procedures (3 Credits)
To systematically understand the stages of the electrophysiology procedures, and equipment.  To understand the arrhythmic substrate, arrhythmia induction, techniques of differential diagnosis, and application of mapping and ablative techniques.

CVS-640 EP Clinical Rotations (8 Clinical Credits – Semester 1)
CVS-641 EP Clinical Rotations (8 Clinical Credits – Semester 2)
CVS-642 EP Clinical Rotations (12 Clinical Credits – Semester 3)
Rotating clinical practice under the guidance of preceptors. Clinical skills are learned by observation and practice. Students are exposed to a variety of procedures and expected to function independently once skill sets are developed. Clinical skills sets are supported by academic instruction.

CVS-620 Cardiac Pacing & Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators & Congestive Heart Failure Therapy& Follow-up patient Assessments 
(3 Credits)
Continuous new developments in cardiac resynchronization therapy require the clinician to be knowledgeable related to technologies, modalities of implantable devices.  This class will help the student develop a more extensive knowledge of implantable devices.

CVS-622  Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical in understanding research and analyzing population data about disease.  This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.

CVS-624 Financial Implications In Healthcare (3credits)
This course will discuss various principles in accounting, interest, and methods for valuation, cost ratio benefits analysis, Performa development, and business plan development.  This course will discuss healthcare reimbursement, and revenue streams, and capitation.

CVS-626 Principles of Health Care Management (3 credits)
This course will discuss the various principles of management and associated issues as they relate to the modern health care professional.  The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision making, strategic planning, SWOT analysis, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.

CVS-630 Advanced EP Procedures and Technology (2 Credits)
To develop understanding and perspective related to treating cardiac arrhythmias.  This class will help the student synthesize the information related to therapy modalities and indications for those therapies.  Emphasis will be on the appropriate use of technologies.  These technologies will be intertwined with various therapies for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, and the student will develop a holistic view of patient care within these parameters.

CVS-650 Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront healthcare providers and patients.  The medical scientific, moral, and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making processes that providers and patients engage in are analyzed.  Topics will include informed and voluntary consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, ant the allocation of scarce resources.

CVS-690 Research Project 2 (3 credits)

The student will collaboratively select a project or develop original research that is addresses current trends in cardiovascular and electrophysiology technologies.  This project may be a literature review or original research.  The student will develop critical analysis techniques to evaluate research by using scientific models.  The student will learn about advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods. The project will then be presented in writing and oral presentation.

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