COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

The catalog has been developed to address basic knowledge and skills of cardiac medicine needed to advance to beginning skill level building in invasive cardiovascular technology.

Courses include basic anatomy and physiology of the body, cardiac anatomy, electrocardiography, basic pharmacology, and basic cardiac life support. 

Presentation utilizes standard, animation, interactive and simulation methods to reinforce learning. Evaluation utilizes knowledge-recall and application-interpretation constructs to meet course objectives.

Skill levels of 100 - 400 have been developed to address basic to advanced skill levels similar to pre-requisites for advancement. You are not expected to use this design but may take courses in any way that meets your needs. Each course is awarded CME credit.


Cath-Web courses take a multi-disciplinary approach to educating members in the cardiovascular field. Most courses include the areas of signs and symptoms, history and physical, auscultation, electrocardiography, hemodynamics, imaging, echocardiographic findings, and cath lab techniques, data, and results.

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  Course No Title Credit CME  Status
cath 102 Basic Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology 1   pending
  This course reviews the structure and function of the heart. Areas covered are external and internal cardiac components to include the chambers, vessels, valves, and coronary arteries, and how the heart functions to maintain systemic and pulmonary blood flow.

Objectives:
To be able to identify anatomical orientations, cardiac structures and their functions, and coronary anatomy in interactive style. A 10 question exam and evaluation form completes the course.


   
cath 201 Clinical Evaluation Of Valvular Heart Disease 1   pending
  This course reviews the clinical skills needed to evaluate patients with acquired valvular problems. Areas covered are how conducting a medical history and physical exam helps determine how you can identify key aspect of cardiac disease in the patient.

Objectives:
To be able to identify various breathing problems, chest pain characteristics, levels of consciousness physical assessment of pulses, auscultation, and murmurs with brief descriptions of echocardiographic and cath hemodynamic data.


   
cath 204 Electrophysiology and the Specialized Conduction System 1   pending
  This course reviews the anatomy and physiology of the specialized conduction system and the accessory bypass tracts. The session includes interactive activities in identifying components, cellular depolarization processes, bypass tract identification and more.

Objectives:
To be able to identify the anatomy of the heart's conduction system, the components and their functions, the action potentials for pacemaker and non-pacemaker cells, accessory bypass tracts and currently accepted therapies for pre-excitation syndromes.


   
cath 206 The Cardiac Cycle 1   pending
  This course reviews the cardiac phases that make up the cardiac cycle. Session includes interactive activities in identifying components, waveforms, explanation of valvular function and normal hemodynamic values, and illustrations of how valvular abnormalities affect the hemodynamics of the heart.

Objectives:
To be able to identify the phases of the heart's cyclic activity, the components and their functions, normal hemodynamic values, and valvular abnormalities by examining hemodynamic waveforms.

   
cath 207 Clinical Assessment of the Cardiac Patient 1   dvmt
  This course reviews the process and purpose of performing clinical assessment to include; signs and symptoms, medical history, patient allergies, and cardiac auscultation procedures and evaluation.

Objectives:
To be able to identify the purpose and performance of obtaining medical history, recognizing signs and symptoms of cardiac disease, and performance of cardiac auscultation and interpretation.

   
cath 208 Exercise Stress Testing 2   pending
 

This course reviews exercise stress testing and includes blood pressure responses, methods of measurement, testing options, EKG changes, predictive values of EST and an introduction to how echocardiography is used in the procedure.

Objectives:
To be able to identify indications, relative and absolute contraindications, blood pressure responses, methods of measurement, types, EKG changes, exercises in determining sensitivity and specificity, and the use of echocardiography, radiopharmaceuticals, and in exercise and pharmacological stress testing.

A 20 question exam and evaluation form completes the course.


   
cath 209 Universal Precautions and Radiation Safety 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the universal precautions that must be used when handling bodily fluids to include proper attire such as gloves, facemasks, eyewear, aprons and gowns, the use of safety guidelines when working with sharps and needles, and proper disposal techniques of contaminated equipment.

Objectives:
To be able to identify universal precautions that must be used when handling bodily fluids to include proper attire such as gloves, facemasks, eyewear, aprons and gowns, the use of safety guidelines when working with sharps and needles, and proper disposal techniques of contaminated equipment with examples and learning modules are provided.


   
cath 210 Clinical Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies 1   pending
 

This course reviews the clinical aspects of cardiomyopathies to include hypertrophic, dilated, and restrictive forms of the disease. Topics include clinical signs and symptoms, etiologies, and diagnostics of each form and additional information on identifying the various aspects collected in each state.

Objectives:
To be able to identify cardiomyopathies based on the clinical aspects of evaluating the major forms of the disease by examining medical history, signs and symptoms, physical exam, electocardiography, echocardiography, radiographic and cath lab findings. Etiology of each form is presented and case studies are discussed.


   
cath 214 Heart Sounds and Murmurs 1   pending
 

This course reviews the steps needed to evaluate heart sounds, their creation, and meaning of sounds generated by the heart. Included are abnormal heart sounds, heart murmurs, their origins and meaning. Heart murmurs can assist in diagnosing conditions such as valvular, structural, pulmonary, and vascular disease. Actual sound files are found in this course.

Objectives:
To be able to identify the normal heart sounds and those of various disease states. You will develop ausculatation skills through interactive media and be able to describe abnormal sounds, their origins, the changes in sounds caused by certain disease states, and the generation and meaning of heart murmurs as a component of heart disease and diagnosis.


   
cath 215 12 Lead Analysis 1   pending
 

This course reviews the steps needed to evaluate the EKG and patterns that suggest various disease states. Topics include steps to measuring the components of the EKG, patterns of infarction, how to calculate the axis and causes of axis deviation, identifying chamber enlargement and bundle branch blocks. Most appropriate for all cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to evaluate the 12 lead EKG and identify normal and abnormal values. Also to be able to identify patterns of injury, ischemia, and infarction; calculate the axis using the tri-axial system, determine the causes of axis deviation to include chamber enlargement and bundle branch blocks.


   
cath 221 Identifying Rhythms 1   pending
 

This course reviews the steps to interpreting EKGs, and the more common forms of arrhythmias. Topics include sinus, atrial, junctional, ventricular rhythms and heart blocks. Most appropriate for all cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify the more common electrocardiographic rhythms, including sinus, atrial, junctional, ventricular rhythms and heart blocks based on description, rhythm, rate, P wave configuration, PRI and QRS.


   
cath 222 Introduction to Echocardiography for Cardiac Invasive Specialists 1   pending
 

This course reviews the use of echocardiography as soft tissue imaging for the invasive specialist. The topics include preparation, orientation, standard views, anatomical structures in normal and abnormal states. Techniques used in diagnostic imaging include, 2 Dimensional, m-mode, basic colorflow imaging, and spectral Doppler are explained.

Included is the new role of interventional echocardiographic specialists and the use of ultrasound in invasive procedures.

Objectives:
To be able to identify the standard views in 2 Dimensional, m-mode, colorflow, and spectral Doppler imaging and how they provide diagnostic data in the detection of disease.


   
cath 223 Hemodynamic Measurement and Calculations 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews left and right hemodynamic pressures and the calculation of cardiac parameters measured in the cardiac cath lab. Topics include normal pressures and waveforms, procedures for calculating cardiac output using the Fick Principle, thermodilution, and left ventriculography, cardiac performance measurements and calculations.

Objectives:
To be able to identify pressure waveforms, methods of obtaining flow and volume values, and how to perform calculations to evaluate cardiac performance. Interactive calculating modules are also presented.


   
cath 224 Sterile Procedures and Aseptic Technique 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews various types of sterilization technologies, maintaining a sterile field, precautions in performing implantable devices, proper personal preparation for scrubbing, and patient preparation.

Objectives:
To be able to identify methods of sterilation, sterile technique for percutaneous and implantable devices, steps in personal preparation as a scrub assistant, and patient preparation. Interactive performance modules are also presented.


   
cath 225 Diagnostic Procedures in the Cath Lab 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the type of diagnostic procedures in the cath lab to include; indications and contraindications for catheterization, complications in diagnotic testing, team roles, patient pharmacologic preparation, equipment,, coronary angiography, left ventricular angiography, left and right heart catheterization, O2 saturation protocols and procedures, and challenge techniques for restrictive heart disease.

Objectives:
To be able to identify indications, contraindications, complications in diagnostic testing, roles of the cath lab team, patient pharmacological preparation, equipment used in percutaneous procedures, performance of coronary angiography and ventriculography, performing left and right heart catheterizations, O2 saturation runs, and challenge testing for restrictive heart disease. Interactive calculating modules are also presented.


   
cath 228 Cardiovascular Diagnostic Devices in the Cath Lab 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the devices and equipment used in performing a diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedure. Topics include the range and use of catheters, sheaths, guide wires, standard connections for contrast and hemodynamic monitoring, specialized catheters for measurement of cardiac output and oximetry.

Objectives:
To be able to identify devices and equipment used in performing a diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures. Interactive recall modules are included.


   
cath 229 Coronary Interventional Devices in the Cath Lab 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the devices and equipment used in performing various interventional procedures. Topics include the range and use of PCI catheters, stents, rotoablation, atherectomy, and thrombus aspiration devices.

Objectives:
To be able to identify and usage of devices and equipment in performing various coronary interventional applications and procedures. Interactive recall modules are included.


   
cath 230 Cardiac Structural Interventional Procedures 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the devices and equipment used in performing various procedures to correct structural abnormalities or the use of preventative application devices in the treatment of cardiac disease. Topics include the devices and use of valvuloplasty, percutaneous valve replacement, mitral valve clipping, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, ASD/PFO closure, and left atrial appendage occluder/closure devices.

Objectives:
To be able to identify and usage of devices and equipment in performing structural repair and preventive care applications in the cath lab. Interactive recall modules are included.


   
cath 231 Advanced Multi-Modality Imaging Technologies 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the devices and equipment used in performing various procedures in the detection and evaluation of cardiac disease. Topics include - Cardiac CT (CCT), Cardiac MR (CMR), Fractional Flow Reserve and Computed Tomography (FFR-CT), and more.

Objectives:
To be able to identify devices and purpose of using advanced multi-modality technologies in the evaluation of cardiac disease. Interactive recall modules are included.


   
cath 301 Aortic Stenosis 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of aortic stenosis and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, hemodynamics. and echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify aortic stenosis and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on aortic stenosis.


   
cath 302 Aortic Regurgitation 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of aortic regurgitation and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify aortic regurgitation and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on aortic regurgitation.


   
cath 303 Mitral Stenosis 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of mitral stenosis and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify mitral stenosis and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on mitral regurgitation.


   
cath 304 Mitral Regurgitation 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of mitral regurgitation and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and higher level cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify mitral regurgitation and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on mitral regurgitation.


   
cath 305 Mitral Valve Prolapse 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of Mitral Valve Prolapse and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and higher level cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify mitral valve prolapse and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on mitral valve prolapse.


   
cath 306 Pulmonic Valve Disease 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of pulmonic valve disease and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify pulmonic stenosis, pulmonic regurgitation, and their variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on pulmonic stenosis and pulmonic regurgitation.


   
cath 308 Tricuspid Valve Disease 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of tricuspid valve disease and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify tricuspid stenosis, tricuspid regurgitation, and their variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on tricuspid stenosis and tricuspid regurgitation.


   
cath 310 Congestive Heart Failure 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of congestive heart disease and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the various conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify congestive heart disease and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on congestive heart disease.

In development


   
cath 312 Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction 1   dvmt
 

This course reviews the pathology of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the various conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on left ventricular diastolic dysfunction.

In revision


   
cath 313 Ischemic Heart Disease 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of ischemic heart diseasse and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the various conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify ischemic heart disease and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on of ischemic heart disease .

In revision


   
cath 314 Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of hypertrophic cardiomyopathies and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the various conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


   
cath 315 Dilated Cardiomyopathy 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of dilated cardiomyopathies and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify dilated cardiomyopathy and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on dilated cardiomyopathy.


   
cath 317 Restrictive Cardiomyopathy 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of restrictive cardiomyoapthy and how diagnostically similar to constrictive pericarditis. The course covers the results of diagnostic testing indicating multiple conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify restrictive cardiomyopathy and its variations by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on restrictive cardiomyopathy.


   
cath 321 From Pericarditis To Pericardial Tamponade 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of pericarditis, pericardial effusion, and cardiac tamponade. The course covers the results of diagnostic testing indicating multiple conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify pericarditis and its possible progression into cardiac tamponade by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on pericarditis and its progression. Differential diagnosis skills are discussed.


   
cath 322 Constrictive Pericarditis vs Restrictive Cardiomyopathy 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyoapthy and how diagnostically similar the two conditions are. The course covers the results of diagnostic testing indicating multiple conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify constrictive pericarditis versus restrictive cardiomyopathy by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on pericardial and restrictive heart disease. Differential diagnosis skills are discussed.


   
cath 323 Diseases of the Aorta 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of aortic diseases and the results of diagnostic testing indicating multiple conditions. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations. Most appropriate for intermediate and advanced cardiovascular invasive specialists.

Objectives:
To be able to identify various diseases of the aorta by reviewing the anatomy, pathophysiology, and the results of diagnostic procedures to include; medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, x-ray imaging, hemodynamics, echo and cath presentations on diseases of the aorta.


   
cath 324 Diseases of the Myocardium 1   pending
 

This course reviews the pathology of myocardial disease and the results of diagnostic testing indicating the condition. Topics include causes and medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations.

Objectives:
To be able to identify myocardial diseases by reviewing the results of diagnostic procedures to include medical history, signs and symptoms, EKGs, palpation, auscultation, echo and cath presentations.


   
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Guidelines and Resources for Course Development
   
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists For Cardiac-Interventional Guidelines
American Society of Radiologic Technologists - Cardiac and Vascular Interventional Technology
American Society of Radiologic Technologists - Practice Standards for Sonography
Intersocietal Accreditation Commission For Cardiovascular Catheterization Accreditation Guidelines
Intersocietal Accreditation Commission For Echocardiography Accreditation
Cardiovascular Credentialing International - Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Guidelines
Cardiovascular Credentialing International - ECG, Holter Monitoring, and Stress Testing Guidelines
Cardiovascular Credentialing Internatrional - Registered Cardiac Sonographer
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in Cardiovascular Technology
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
American Society of Echocardiography - Guidelines for Cardiac Sonographer Education

   
   
   
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