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Cammie Steele, Director
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 class. For this reason the following admission and retention standards are applied during the academic portion of this program:
1. Admission. Students may be admitted into the cardiovascular technology program upon completion of BIOL 101, 101L, 102, and 102L; CHEM 111 and 112; and MATH 122 or 141 provided they meet the grade requirements specified below.
2. 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.
Students who graduate with a B.S. in Cardiovascular Technology should be able to …
- communicate effectively in written English, particularly with regard to technical, science-related materials.
- communicate orally in an effective manner, especially with respect to content and concepts related to science and technology.
- use computers effectively to underpin computer-assisted technologies associated with CVT.
- apply scientific and technology-related mathematical concepts effectively.
- apply science and technology concepts effectively, with special regard to studies of CVT program-related human anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics.
- pass the comprehensive national certification examination in one of the areas of Cardiovascular Technology.
Basic Degree Requirements for Majors in Curricula Section II (128 Hours)
- General Education Requirements
- Cognate or Minor Requirements
1. General Education Requirements (12-21 Hours) - Curricula II
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 .”
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 12 Hours)
(Quantitative requirements for biological sciences majors and cardiovascular technology majors are listed below.)
Biological Sciences Majors
Cardiovascular Technology Majors
Group III–Humanities (6 Hours)
Fine Arts (3 Hours)
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) apply to the humanities requirement, but 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.
Humanities (3 Hours)
Complete 3 hours from the following:
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:
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRJU)
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) 101 1, 102 1, 110 2, 200 2, 200L 2, 270 2, 270L 2, 243 2, 243L 2, 244 2, 244L 2
Chemistry (CHEM) 102 3, 105 3, 105L3, 106 3, and 106L 3, 111 , 112
Environmental Studies (ENVR) 200
Geological sciences (GEOL) 101 , 102 , 103 , 105
Marine science (MSCI) 210 , 210L , 215 , 215L
Physics (PHYS) 151 4, 151L 4, 153 4, 153L 4, 155 4, 155L 4, 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
Major Requirements (38 Hours)
a. Biology Requirements (18 Hours)
b. Chemistry Requirements (8 Hours)
c. CVT Training
- Satisfactory completion of an approved CVT training program.
a. Physics Requirements (8 Hours)
b. Biology or Chemistry Elective (4 Hours)
Select four hours from the following:
Electives (9-18 Hours)
Electives to bring the total credit hours earned to 100.
3. Cognate or Minor Requirements
The 15- to 18-month clinical program will replace the need for a cognate.
School of Cardiovascular Technology Affiliated with the University of South Carolina
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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