Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound & Congenital Heart Disease

Pediatric Echocardiography & CHD

The Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease program allows students to gain a comprehensive knowledge of congenital heart disease, and to understand the pathology and echocardiographic evaluation of numerous congenital and acquired heart lesions.

The small lecture and laboratory classes are taught by practicing pediatric echocardiologists who have years of experience in this developing specialty. In addition, students will train with real infant/pediatric patients during the laboratory portion of the program and individualized scanning instruction. West Coast Ultrasound Institute’s clinical labs are equipped with state-of-the-art Philips HD-7 machines.

Students enrolled in the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease program will be trained in the following areas:

  • Cardiac Embryology
  • Cardiac Anatomy/Physiology and Hemodynamics
  • Principles of Pediatric Echocardiographic Imaging
  • Usage of the segmental approach in the diagnosis of congenital heart disease
  • Pathophysiology and echocardiographic evaluation of congenital heart lesions and acquired cardiac disease in the pediatric population

Each student will be placed in a dedicated Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory for a one (1) month externship. Flex hours are available for working professionals. The Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease is nine (9) months in length, divided into three (3) modules. Students must attend and successfully pass all three (3) modules in order to meet graduation requirements:

Clock Hours: 760 | Quarter Credit Hours: 46.5 | 9 Months

MODULE ONE

Introduction to cardiac embryology, cardiac anatomy and physiology, transition of the fetal circulation to post-natal circulation, principles of pediatric echocardiographic scanning and unique imaging windows utilized for the pediatric population, segmental approach in the diagnosis of congenital heart disease, introduction to fetal echocardiography, introduction to transesophageal echocardiography , clinical assessment and pediatric scanning settings, other imaging modalities utilized for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease and principles of digital imaging/telemedicine.

MODULE TWO

Comprehensive echocardiographic evaluation of the pathophysiology and echocardiographic evaluation of congenital heart lesions ranging from the most common to the rarest.

MODULE THREE

Complete echocardiographic evaluation of the pathophysiology and echocardiographic diagnosis of acquired heart disease in the pediatric population (e.g. Kawasaki’s, rheumatic heart disease), cardiomyopathies (e.g. dilated, restrictive, hypertrophic) and pulmonary hypertension in the pediatric population, the pediatric heart transplant patient, echocardiographic evaluation of cardiac masses/tumors, pediatric cardiac trauma and an introduction to echocardiographic evaluation of patients on ECMO (extra-corporal membrane oxygenation).In addition, the comprehensive study of the post-operative echocardiographic evaluation of patients with congenital heart disease, introduction of the utilization of cardiac catheterization for patients with congenital heart disease and the assisting role of echocardiography, echocardiographic assessment of adults with congenital heart disease, inclusive review sessions for the ARDMS Pediatric Echocardiography examination and orientation for clinical externship.

PROGRAM HOURS:

Beverly Hills and Ontario Campus: Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 6:30pm
Phoenix Campus: Tuesday/Thursday 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Saturday 8:30am to 6:30pm

LABORATORY INFORMATION:

Our state of the art clinical laboratory is equipped with Philips HD-7 machines. Our instructors have years of clinical and teaching experience and offer individualized scanning instruction to all of our students. Students will have hands-on training on real infant/pediatric patients in the laboratory West Coast Ultrasound Institute has created the “My Child, My Heart” Program, which offers free cardiac screening to children in the community.

CLINICAL AFFILIATIONS:

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
UCLA Medical Center
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Stanford Medical Center
San Diego Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

FEDERAL PROGRAM DISCLOSURES

Gainful Employment information for the Beverly Hills Main Campus
Gainful Employment information for the Ontario Branch Campus
Gainful Employment information for the Phoenix Branch Campus

*Not all programs are offered at all locations.

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