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  Jul 23, 2024
2010-2011 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin (Frozen) 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin (Frozen) [Archived Catalog]

Cardiovascular Technology, B.S.

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Cammie Steele, Director

Overview Curriculum
Learning Outcomes College of Arts and Sciences 


The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in cardiovascular technology is awarded upon:

1. satisfactory completion of at least 100 semester hours of academic work, including all courses prescribed in the curriculum below;

2. satisfactory completion of an intensive CVT training program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

Admission and Retention Standards for Cardiovascular Technology

Admission to CVT training programs is very competitive, and only a limited number of candidates can be admitted in each internship class. For this reason the following retention standards are applied during the academic portion of this program at USC:

Retention. Progressive GPA standards are enforced for continuation in the program. Upon completion of 30 credit hours a minimum GPA of 2.50 is required; at 60 credit hours a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required. Upon completion of the specified academic requirements, only students who have gained admission into an approved CVT training facility will be retained in the program.

 Transfer students admitted to this degree program must complete the last 30 credit hours of academic work in residence at the University of South Carolina prior to entering the intensive CVT training program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Student demonstrates oral skills and knowledge by communicating effectively in spoken English.
  • Student will be evaluated after completion of the academic portion of the Internship.
  • Student will be evaluated monthly during the clinical portion of the internship.
  • At the completion of the program of study, the student will be eligible to sit for the national registry exam. From the lecture, laboratory and clinical rotations, the student will demonstrate competency in one of more areas of Cardiovascular Technology.


Basic Degree Requirements for Majors in Curricula Section II (100 hours plus completed internship)

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Major
  3. Cognate or Minor Requirements (The internship will replace the cognate for the CVT major.)
  4. Electives

1. General Education Requirements - Curricula II


Group I–Competency (12-21 Hours)

Students are encouraged to demonstrate the level of accomplishment represented by Group I courses by means of advanced placement examinations. See the section on advanced placement under “Admissions Policies and Procedures .”


Writing (6 Hours)

Must be passed with grade of C or better.


Foreign Languages (0-9 Hours)

Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required for all baccalaureate degrees.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.


History (6 Hours)

  • Two courses in History (HIST), at the 100 level, at least one non-U.S. history.


Group II–Quantitative (A Minimum of 9 Hours)



Group III–Humanities (6 Hours)

Each student must pass at least 6 additional hours of study in the humanities; at least one course must be in fine arts.

Fine Arts

A course or courses dealing with the study and/or practice of the visual and performing arts. Students may take courses in art studio, art design, art history and appreciation, film, media arts, music history and appreciation, music theory and performance, theatre history and appreciation, acting, stagecraft, theatre design, and dance to fulfill this requirement. Courses in speech (SPCH) do NOT satisfy the fine arts requirement. Theatre production laboratories (THEA 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 219, 220, 221), one-hour credits for participation in music organizations (band, chorus, orchestra), and MART 302 do NOT apply to the fine arts requirement or to the humanities requirement.


African American Studies (AFRO)
Classical Studies (CLAS) 230 
English (ENGL) 280 or higher, excluding 450, 460, 461, 462, and 463
Foreign Language 201 or higher
History (HIST) 201 or higher
Philosophy (PHIL) excluding 110, 111, and 511
Religious Studies (RELG)
Women and Gender Studies (WGST) 111 


Group IV–Social Sciences (6 Hours)

Complete 6 hours from the following:

Anthropology (ANTH)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRJU)
Economics (ECON)
Geography (GEOG)
Political Science (POLI)
Psychology (PSYC)
excluding 227, 594, and 599
Sociology (SOCY) excluding 220
Women and Gender Studies (WGST) 112  only

 Group V–Laboratory Science (8 Hours)

Complete two 4-credit hour laboratory science courses from the following:

Astronomy (ASTR) 111,111A, 211, 211A 
Biology (BIOL) 1011, 1021, 1102, 2002, 200L2, 2702, 270L2, 2432, 243L2, 2442, 244L2
Chemistry (CHEM) 1023, 1053, 105L3, 1063, and 106L3, 111 , 112 
Environmental Studies (ENVR) 200 
Geological sciences (GEOL) 101 , 102 , 103 , 105
Marine science (MSCI) 210 , 210L , 215 , 215L 
Physics (PHYS) 1514, 151L4, 1534, 153L4, 1554, 155L4, 201 , 201L , 202 , 202L; or 211, 211L , 212 , 212L 

1 Biology and Pre-Med majors only
2 Non- Biology majors only
3 Mathematics and Statistics majors only
4 Non-Physics majors only

2. Pre-Major Requirements

The student must pass the following with a “C” or better.

BIOL 101  and BIOL 102 

CHEM 111  and CHEM 112 

3. Major

4. Cognate or Minor Requirements

The 18- to 22-month internship program will replace the cognate.

School of Cardiovascular Technology Affiliated with the University of South Carolina

Providence Hospital’s School of Cardiovascular Diagnostics, Columbia SC

Harry T. Harper Jr., MD School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology, University Hospital, Augusta, GA

The clinical faculty member listed below is also designated as a special lecturer on the cardiovascular technology program at the University of South Carolina.

Claude Smith, M.D., Medical Director Providence Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina

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