Medical Center Training Plan

Developed by Dr. Amie Kenyon

Project TimeLine

Staffing Plan

Using Wisewire's broad network of SMEs, the project manager will reach out to several to determine workload and if they are the appropriate SME for the role and to help with this project.

Instructional Designer to be hired by April to begin couse outlines and course buliding in Canvas.

Should media designers be required after discussing with SME and Instructional Designers, project manager will reach out via Wisewire's network to obtain a media designer for the project

Delivery Method: Canvas LMS

All coursework and classes will be created and delivered through Canvas.

No textbooks are required for these classes. All material developed will be proprietary.

Healthcare Concepts

64 Didactic Hours

4 Week Course

All didactic coursework to be completed online via the Canvas LMS.

Course Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key healthcare concepts, including the principles of medical ethics, patient confidentiality, and informed consent.

  2. Analyze the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals within various healthcare settings, considering legal and ethical considerations.

  3. Evaluate the impact of cultural diversity and socio-economic factors on healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

  4. Apply critical thinking skills to assess healthcare policies, regulations, and their implications on healthcare practices and patient care.

  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills in healthcare contexts, including patient-provider interactions, interdisciplinary collaboration, and health education.

  1. Explain the importance of evidence-based practice in healthcare decision-making and patient care, including the ability to critically appraise research literature.

  2. Describe the fundamentals of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare financing, and the implications for access, quality, and cost of care.

  3. Explore the role of technology and innovation in healthcare, including electronic health records, telemedicine, and emerging healthcare technologies.

  4. Identify and analyze current healthcare challenges and trends, such as healthcare disparities, aging populations, and global health issues.

  5. Develop a personal code of ethics and professional values that align with the principles of compassionate and patient-centered care in the healthcare field.

Course Structure- 4 Week Course

Broken down in Canvas by individual week for completion.

Week 1: Introduction to Healthcare Concepts

  • Overview of healthcare systems and delivery models

  • Key principles of medical ethics and patient rights

  • Understanding healthcare terminology and basic concepts

  • Discussion on the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals

Week 2: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare

  • Exploration of legal frameworks governing healthcare practice

  • Analysis of ethical dilemmas in healthcare decision-making

  • Case studies and discussions on informed consent, confidentiality, and patient autonomy

  • Introduction to healthcare policies and regulations

Week 3: Cultural Competence and Diversity in Healthcare

  • Importance of cultural sensitivity in healthcare delivery

  • Understanding socio-economic factors influencing healthcare disparities

  • Strategies for providing culturally competent care

  • Discussion on the impact of diversity on patient-provider relationships and health outcomes

Week 4: Healthcare Delivery Systems and Emerging Trends

  • Overview of healthcare delivery models worldwide

  • Analysis of healthcare financing and insurance systems

  • Examination of emerging trends in healthcare technology and innovation

  • Discussion on current challenges and opportunities in the healthcare landscape

Engagement Strategies

Case Studies: Present real-life healthcare scenarios for analysis and discussion. Encourage students to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Interactive Lectures: Incorporate multimedia presentations, interactive polls, quizzes, games, and multimedia content to break up traditional lectures and keep students engaged.

Problem-Based Learning: Present students with complex healthcare problems or case scenarios and guide them through the process of identifying relevant information, analyzing data, and proposing solutions. This approach promotes active learning and critical thinking skills.

Simulations: Utilize healthcare simulation exercises or virtual patient encounters to simulate realistic healthcare scenarios. This allows students to apply knowledge and skills in a safe and controlled environment, enhancing their clinical reasoning and decision-making abilities.

Reflection and Self-Assessment: Incorporate reflective exercises where students evaluate their understanding of course concepts, identify areas for improvement, and set goals for further learning. Self-assessment activities encourage metacognition and promote active engagement with course material.

Cardiovascular Tech 1

44 Didactic Hours

20 Supervised Lab Hours

5 Week Course

All didactic coursework to be completed online via the Canvas LMS. Skills labs will be completed in person with an instructor in a supervised setting.

Course Outcomes
  1. Understand the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including the structure and function of the heart, blood vessels, and associated organs.

  2. Demonstrate proficiency in performing basic cardiovascular diagnostic tests, such as electrocardiograms (ECGs), stress tests, and echocardiograms, under supervision.

  3. Identify common cardiovascular diseases, their risk factors, and clinical manifestations, enabling early detection and intervention.

  4. Interpret cardiovascular diagnostic test results accurately and communicate findings effectively to healthcare professionals, contributing to patient care.

  5. Apply principles of patient safety and infection control measures during cardiovascular procedures, ensuring a safe and sterile environment for patients and healthcare providers.

  1. Utilize cardiovascular imaging equipment and technology proficiently, adhering to best practices and manufacturer guidelines.

  2. Demonstrate competence in obtaining patient medical histories, assessing vital signs, and preparing patients for cardiovascular procedures with compassion and professionalism.

  3. Collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary healthcare teams, including physicians, nurses, and other cardiovascular technologists, to optimize patient outcomes and care delivery.

  4. Evaluate the significance of quality assurance and quality control measures in cardiovascular testing, ensuring accuracy and reliability of results.

  5. Embrace lifelong learning and professional development opportunities in cardiovascular technology, staying abreast of advancements in the field and maintaining competency through continued education and training.

Lab Requirements
  1. Basic Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation Lab: Students practice placing ECG electrodes correctly on a simulated patient and interpreting ECG waveforms to identify normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms.

  2. Stress Test Simulation Lab: Set up a simulation environment for exercise stress testing where students learn to monitor vital signs, ECG changes, and patient symptoms during treadmill or bicycle stress tests.

  3. Echocardiography Basics Lab: Provide hands-on experience with echocardiography equipment, allowing students to practice obtaining quality echocardiographic images and basic measurements under supervision.

  4. Blood Pressure Measurement Lab: Students learn various methods of blood pressure measurement, including auscultatory, oscillometric, and invasive techniques, using simulated patients and different types of blood pressure cuffs.

  5. Peripheral Vascular Assessment Lab: Set up stations for students to practice performing non-invasive vascular tests such as ankle-brachial index (ABI), venous duplex ultrasound, and arterial Doppler studies on simulated patients.

  1. Cardiac Catheterization Simulation Lab: Create a simulated cardiac catheterization lab environment where students can practice catheter insertion, angiography techniques, and pressure measurements using manikins and fluoroscopy equipment.

  2. Holter Monitor Application Lab: Allow students to practice applying and removing Holter monitors on simulated patients, ensuring proper electrode placement and patient instructions for ambulatory ECG monitoring.

  3. Cardiac Arrhythmia Simulation Lab: Use simulation software or ECG simulators to recreate various cardiac arrhythmias for students to identify, classify, and differentiate using ECG recordings.

  4. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Lab: Provide hands-on CPR training using manikins and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), emphasizing proper chest compression technique, airway management, and defibrillation skills.

  5. Emergency Response and Crisis Management Simulation Lab: Conduct simulated emergency scenarios such as myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, or stroke, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills in a high-pressure clinical setting, including teamwork, decision-making, and communication skills.

Course Structure- 5 Week Course

Broken down in Canvas by individual week for completion.

Lab Sessions will run 4 hours per lab session.

Week 1: Introduction to Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology

  • Day 1: Overview of the cardiovascular system: anatomy and physiology of the heart, blood vessels, and circulation.

  • Day 2: Cardiac conduction system and electrophysiology.

  • Day 3: Introduction to cardiovascular diseases: common conditions, risk factors, and clinical manifestations.

  • Day 4: Basics of cardiovascular diagnostic tests: electrocardiography (ECG), echocardiography, stress testing.

  • Day 5: Lab session: Basic ECG interpretation and hands-on practice with electrode placement. Blood pressure labs.

Week 2: Diagnostic Testing Techniques

  • Day 1: Principles of echocardiography: imaging modalities, equipment, and techniques.

  • Day 2: Stress testing procedures: exercise stress tests, pharmacological stress tests, and indications.

  • Day 3: Vascular diagnostic tests: peripheral vascular assessment, ankle-brachial index (ABI), venous duplex ultrasound.

  • Day 4: Holter monitoring and ambulatory ECG monitoring: application, troubleshooting, and interpretation.

  • Day 5: Lab session: Hands-on practice with echocardiography equipment and stress test simulations. Cardiac arrythmia labs.

Week 3: Interventional Procedures and Specialized Testing

  • Day 1: Introduction to cardiac catheterization: indications, patient preparation, and catheterization lab procedures.

  • Day 2: Hemodynamic monitoring: pressure measurements, angiography techniques, and complications.

  • Day 3: Advanced cardiac imaging: cardiac MRI, CT angiography, and nuclear cardiology.

  • Day 4: Electrophysiology studies and catheter ablation: principles and techniques.

  • Day 5: Lab session: Cardiac catheterization simulation and hemodynamic monitoring practice. Holter monitor application.

Week 4: Cardiac Arrhythmias and Emergency Response

  • Day 1: Overview of cardiac arrhythmias: classification, mechanisms, and clinical significance.

  • Day 2: ECG interpretation: recognition and management of common arrhythmias.

  • Day 3: Principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency response.

  • Day 4: Simulation lab: Emergency scenarios and crisis management simulations.

  • Day 5: ACLS certification training (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or CPR/AED certification.

Week 5: Clinical Applications and Professional Development

  • Day 1: Role of the cardiovascular technologist in healthcare: responsibilities, ethics, and professionalism.

  • Day 2: Quality assurance and patient safety in cardiovascular testing.

  • Day 3: Interdisciplinary collaboration: communication skills and teamwork in the healthcare setting.

  • Day 4: Final lab day. Emergency Response and Crisis Simulation Lab

  • Day 5: Final exam review and wrap-up: Q&A session, course evaluation, and reflections on learning outcomes.

Case Studies: Present real-life healthcare scenarios for analysis and discussion. Encourage students to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Interactive Lectures: Incorporate multimedia presentations, interactive polls, quizzes, games, and multimedia content to break up traditional lectures and keep students engaged.

Problem-Based Learning: Present students with complex healthcare problems or case scenarios and guide them through the process of identifying relevant information, analyzing data, and proposing solutions. This approach promotes active learning and critical thinking skills.

Simulations and Hands-on Lab Experiencec: Utilize healthcare simulation exercises or virtual patient encounters to simulate realistic healthcare scenarios. This allows students to apply knowledge and skills in a safe and controlled environment, enhancing their clinical reasoning and decision-making abilities. Students will have hands on practice in a simulated lab environment in order to ensure safe practices, and proper practices of all skills for this class.

Reflection and Self-Assessment: Incorporate reflective exercises where students evaluate their understanding of course concepts, identify areas for improvement, and set goals for further learning. Self-assessment activities encourage metacognition and promote active engagement with course material.

Engagement Strategies

Cardiovascular Tech II

44 Didactic Hours

20 Supervised Lab Hours

5 Week Course

All didactic coursework to be completed online via the Canvas LMS. Skills labs will be completed in person with an instructor in a supervised setting.

Course Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in performing a wide range of cardiovascular diagnostic tests, including echocardiography, stress testing, cardiac catheterization procedures, and electrophysiology studies.

  2. Interpret complex cardiovascular diagnostic results with accuracy and precision, demonstrating proficiency in identifying subtle abnormalities and rare cardiac conditions.

  3. Apply advanced knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to assess and manage complex cardiovascular diseases and conditions effectively.

  4. Utilize specialized cardiovascular imaging equipment and technology proficiently, optimizing image quality and diagnostic accuracy in challenging patient cases.

  5. Implement advanced hemodynamic monitoring techniques and interpret invasive pressure measurements to assess cardiac function and hemodynamic status accurately.

  1. Demonstrate competency in performing and interpreting specialized electrophysiological studies, including mapping procedures, catheter ablation, and device implantation techniques.

  2. Evaluate and manage cardiovascular emergencies and complications during diagnostic and interventional procedures, demonstrating proficiency in crisis management and critical decision-making.

  3. Collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary healthcare teams, including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, to optimize patient care and outcomes.

  4. Demonstrate leadership qualities and professionalism in the cardiovascular laboratory setting, including effective communication, teamwork, and adherence to ethical and regulatory standards.

  5. Engage in continuous professional development and lifelong learning, staying abreast of advancements in cardiovascular technology, research, and clinical practice to maintain competency and excellence in the field.

Lab Requirements
  1. Advanced Echocardiography Lab: Provide access to advanced echocardiography equipment and software for students to practice acquiring and interpreting echocardiographic images, including advanced modalities such as 3D echocardiography and strain imaging.

  2. Cardiac Catheterization Lab: Set up a simulated cardiac catheterization lab environment with angiography equipment, catheters, and manikins for students to practice catheter insertion, angiographic imaging techniques, and hemodynamic monitoring.

  3. Electrophysiology (EP) Lab Simulation: Create a simulation lab for students to practice electrophysiology studies, including catheter mapping, radiofrequency ablation, and device implantation techniques using EP catheters and mapping systems.

  4. Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring Lab: Provide hands-on experience with invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment, such as pulmonary artery catheters and pressure transducers, for students to practice pressure waveform interpretation and troubleshooting.

  5. Cardiac Imaging Modalities Lab: Set up stations for students to explore various cardiac imaging modalities, including cardiac MRI, CT angiography, nuclear cardiology, and PET imaging, to understand the principles and clinical applications of each modality.

  1. Advanced Stress Testing Lab: Develop scenarios for advanced stress testing simulations, including pharmacological stress tests, stress echocardiography, and nuclear stress tests, allowing students to practice patient preparation, monitoring, and interpretation of stress test results.

  2. Cardiovascular Intervention Lab: Create a lab environment for students to practice assisting cardiologists during interventional procedures, such as percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), transcatheter valve replacements (TAVR), and peripheral vascular interventions.

  3. Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) Lab: Provide training on intraoperative TEE techniques using TEE probes and simulators, allowing students to practice probe insertion, image acquisition, and interpretation of intraoperative echocardiographic images.

  4. Cardiovascular Emergency Simulation Lab: Conduct simulated emergency scenarios, such as cardiac arrest, acute myocardial infarction, or pulmonary embolism, to provide students with experience in rapid response, critical decision-making, and teamwork in high-pressure situations.

  5. Research and Advanced Data Analysis Lab: Offer opportunities for students to engage in cardiovascular research projects, including data collection, analysis, and presentation of findings, using advanced statistical software and research methodologies.

Course Structure- 5 Week Course

Broken down in Canvas by individual week for completion.

Lab Sessions will run 4 hours per lab session.

Week 1: Advanced Echocardiography

  • Day 1: Principles of advanced echocardiography techniques, including 3D echocardiography and strain imaging.

  • Day 2: Virtual simulation practice with advanced echocardiography equipment and software.

  • Day 3: Interpretation of advanced echocardiographic images and diagnostic considerations.

  • Day 4: Case studies and clinical applications of advanced echocardiography modalities.

  • Day 5: Assessment and Labs: Advanced echocardiography quiz and practical skills evaluation. Labs for advanced ECG and cardiac catheterization.

Week 2: Interventional Cardiology

  • Day 1: Overview of interventional cardiology procedures, including percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and transcatheter valve replacements (TAVR).

  • Day 2: Hands-on simulation lab: Assisting cardiologists during PCI procedures.

  • Day 3: Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) techniques and applications.

  • Day 4: Simulation lab: Advanced hemodynamic monitoring lab, and cardiac imaging modalities lab

  • Day 5: Assessment and : Interventional cardiology quiz and practical skills evaluation.

Week 3: Electrophysiology (EP) Studies

  • Day 1: Introduction to electrophysiology (EP) studies: catheter mapping, radiofrequency ablation, and device implantation techniques.

  • Day 2: Hands-on simulation lab: EP catheter insertion and mapping procedures.

  • Day 3: Advanced EP studies: complex arrhythmia management and substrate mapping.

  • Day 4: Simulation lab: Cardiac imaging modalities lab and advanced stress testing lab

  • Day 5: Assessment: Electrophysiology studies quiz and practical skills evaluation.

Week 4: Hemodynamic Monitoring and Critical Care

  • Day 1: Principles of invasive hemodynamic monitoring: pulmonary artery catheterization and pressure waveform interpretation.

  • Day 2: Hands-on simulation lab: Pulmonary artery catheter insertion and pressure monitoring.

  • Day 3: Hemodynamic monitoring in critical care settings: shock states and hemodynamic instability.

  • Day 4: Simulation lab: Cardiovascular intervention lab and TEE lab

  • Day 5: Assessment: Hemodynamic monitoring quiz and critical care simulation evaluation.

Week 5: Advanced Cardiac Imaging and Research

  • Day 1: Overview of advanced cardiac imaging modalities: cardiac MRI, CT angiography, nuclear cardiology, and PET imaging.

  • Day 2: Hands-on exploration of advanced cardiac imaging techniques and equipment.

  • Day 3: Research methodologies in cardiovascular technology: data collection, analysis, and presentation.

  • Day 4: Final Simulation lab: Cardiovascular emergency simulation lab and research and advanced data analysis lab.

  • Day 5: Final assessment: Comprehensive exam covering all course topics and practical skills evaluation.

Case Studies: Present real-life healthcare scenarios for analysis and discussion. Encourage students to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Interactive Lectures: Incorporate multimedia presentations, interactive polls, quizzes, games, and multimedia content to break up traditional lectures and keep students engaged.

Problem-Based Learning: Present students with complex healthcare problems or case scenarios and guide them through the process of identifying relevant information, analyzing data, and proposing solutions. This approach promotes active learning and critical thinking skills.

Simulations and Hands-on Lab Experiencec: Utilize healthcare simulation exercises or virtual patient encounters to simulate realistic healthcare scenarios. This allows students to apply knowledge and skills in a safe and controlled environment, enhancing their clinical reasoning and decision-making abilities. Students will have hands on practice in a simulated lab environment in order to ensure safe practices, and proper practices of all skills for this class.

Reflection and Self-Assessment: Incorporate reflective exercises where students evaluate their understanding of course concepts, identify areas for improvement, and set goals for further learning. Self-assessment activities encourage metacognition and promote active engagement with course material.

Engagement Strategies

Externship

80 Hours

8 Weeks

Course Objectives
  1. Gain practical experience in performing a variety of cardiovascular diagnostic tests, including electrocardiography (ECG), echocardiography, stress testing, and vascular ultrasound.

  2. Develop proficiency in acquiring and interpreting cardiac diagnostic data, recognizing normal variants, and identifying abnormalities indicative of cardiovascular diseases and conditions.

  3. Practice patient care skills, including obtaining patient histories, preparing patients for diagnostic procedures, and ensuring patient comfort and safety.

  4. Learn to operate and troubleshoot cardiovascular technology equipment, ensuring accurate data acquisition and optimal performance.

  5. Understand ethical and legal considerations in cardiac technology practice, including patient confidentiality, informed consent, and professional conduct.

  1. Collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary healthcare teams, including cardiologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, to optimize patient care and outcomes.

  2. Demonstrate professionalism, communication skills, and empathy in interactions with patients, families, and healthcare colleagues.

  3. Engage in reflective practice and continuous learning, seeking feedback, identifying areas for improvement, and striving for excellence in cardiac technology practice.

  4. Adhere to established clinical protocols, safety guidelines, and infection control measures to maintain a safe and sterile healthcare environment.

  5. Prepare for the transition to professional practice as a cardiac technician, including career planning, job search strategies, and professional development opportunities.

Externship Overview

Student performance in the Cardiac Technician Externship Program will be evaluated based on clinical competencies, professionalism, communication skills, and adherence to clinical protocols. Assessment methods may include preceptor evaluations, clinical skills checklists, reflective journals, patient case presentations, and written assignments. Feedback from preceptors, clinical instructors, and peers will also contribute to the assessment of student learning and performance.

Evaluation Methods

The Cardiac Technician Externship Program consists primarily of clinical rotations and experiential learning activities conducted in healthcare facilities specializing in cardiovascular care. Students will spend the majority of their time observing and participating in cardiac diagnostic procedures, patient care activities, and interdisciplinary team collaborations under the supervision of preceptors and clinical instructors. In addition to clinical rotations, students may attend seminars, case discussions, and professional development workshops to enhance their learning experience.

Project Launch

July 1, 2024