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Cardiovascular Perfusion | Course Descriptions

ECT-301. Perfusion Technology I. This course is designed to give the beginning student a practical and theoretical orientation to the environment of extracorporeal circulation. This course presents the history, basic components, equipment, and physiology related to extracorporeal circulation. The students will be exposed to ethical issues facing health care providers in today’s environment. 4 s.h. Fall.

ECT-310. Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods. This is an introductory course in statistical and research methodology. Included in this course are descriptive and inferential statistical methods including confidence intervals; t-tests, correlation and regression; analysis of variance; and non-parametric methods. Computer-based statistical programs will be demonstrated and a relevant clinical class project will be completed. 3 s.h. Fall.

ECT-313. Clinical and Laboratory Instrumentation. This introductory course presents the principles of electronic physiological monitoring and measurement. The practical application of monitoring equipment is stressed during laboratory. 4 s.h. Fall.

ECT-320. Seminar I. Discussion of current practices and techniques in extracorporeal circulation. 1 s.h. Fall.

ECT-330. Seminar II. Discussion of current practices and techniques in extracorporeal circulation. Advanced students present case studies. 1 s.h. Spring.

ECT-331. Principles and Practices of Perfusion Technology. This course prepares the student for clinical experience. The principles of extracorporeal circulation are presented in lecture and practices in the animal laboratory. Instructions are provided in the aspects of extracorporeal circulation including device theory, physiology, diseases of the heart, pathophysiology, fluids, and electrolytes. Hands-on lab experience and reporting in these techniques prepares the student for the clinical experience. Prerequisites: ECT-301, ECT-313, ECT-335. 7 s.h. Summer.

ECT-335. Perfusion Technology II. Students’ first course in clinical perfusion with an introduction to clinical activities during open-heart surgery. Students are taught the perfusion assistant role during equipment selection, set-up, and operation of a life support system. 5 s.h. Spring.

ECT-340. Fundamentals of Clinical Acid Base Chemistry. Through lecture and self-study, the student masters the principles of acid base physiology and the interpretation and treatment of clinical acid base blood gas disorders. Prerequisite: Permission of CP faculty. 2 s.h. Spring.

ECT-345. Clinical Experience I. This clinical course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of clinical perfusion and cardiac evaluation. The equipment and supplies used by the perfusionist will be demonstrated in addition to assistance with circuit assembly.  6 s.h. Summer.

ECT-348. Computers in Perfusion Technology. Students learn and practice the application of computer assisted data management and clinical monitoring techniques through hands-on computer laboratory activities. Through the use of computer based simulation, students practice operating the heart-lung machine. Prerequisite: Permission of the CP faculty. 1 s.h. Fall.

ECT-355. Research Planning and Design I. The course will include writing for publication, literature review, IRB requirements, and the research proposal format. Students select a clinical hypothesis to test and complete a research proposal in a topic pertinent to ECT. The topic will become the student’s research project for ECT-461, 462, and 463. 1 s.h. Spring.

ECT-360. Pathophysiology for Perfusion Technology. Presents in block format a survey of the concepts of human disease. It includes a study of immunological defense mechanisms, acute and chronic inflammation, repair mechanisms, modes of injury, diseases of development and growth, and blood disorders and neoplasia. It also presents diseases of the organ systems and correlates the pathology of the major diseases occurring in the individual organ systems of the human body. 4 s.h. Spring.

ECT-400. Intro to Clinical Perfusion Through Simulation.
This course prepares the student for clinical experience utilizing a perfusion simulator and a mock operating room. Students are exposed to both common events and to uncommon events. The instructor is able to focus on the student's clinical skills and conceptual knowledge. Each student is able to develop their clinical skills in an environment that promotes confidence in their abilities. Prerequisites: ECT-301, ECT-313, ECT-335 3 s.h. Summer.

ECT-410. Seminar III. Students discuss problems arising during their Clinical Experience courses. This is accomplished through the use of case presentations to the faculty. Each student also prepares a seminar presentation on a current selected topic in extracorporeal circulation. 1 s.h. Fall.

ECT-420. Seminar IV. Students discuss problems arising during their Clinical Experience courses. This is accomplished through the use of case presentations to the faculty and first year students. Each student also prepares a seminar presentation on a current selected topic in extracorporeal circulation. 1 s.h. Spring.

ECT-453. Clinical Experience II A. This course is designed to provide the necessary clinical experience so that a student can perform extracorporeal circulation procedures under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor. The student will gain clinical experience in intra-operative surgical management of cardiopulmonary bypass and other perfusion related activities. 6 s.h. Fall.

ECT-454. Clinical Experience II B.
This course is designed to provide the necessary clinical experience so that a student can perform extracorporeal circulation procedures under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor. The student will gain clinical experience in intra-operative surgical management of cardiopulmonary bypass and other perfusion related activities. 6 s.h. Fall.

ECT-456. Clinical Experience III A. This advanced course is designed to complete the student’s clinical experience. The student will be expected to perform as though unsupervised in all routine cardiovascular procedures and will operate more complex devices. The student will be “on call” for weekend and emergency procedures. 6 s.h. Spring.

ECT-457. Clinical Experience III B.
This advanced course is designed to complete the student’s clinical experience. The student will be expected to perform as though unsupervised in all routine cardiovascular procedures and will operate more complex devices. The student will be “on call” for weekend and emergency procedures. 6 s.h. Spring.

ECT-461. Research Planning and Design II. This course allows the student to complete a pilot study based on the proposal submitted in Research Planning and Design I. The topic will become the student’s research project for ECT-462 and ECT-463. The student is required to present and critique relevant research literature in a journal club conference. Presentation and defense of the preliminary results of their pilot study is required. 1 s.h. Summer.

ECT-462. Special Projects I. Students continue to investigate the research project selected in ECT-461 as supervised by the faculty. Oral defense and a written report to include background, methods, and results of the independent research are required. Prerequisite: ECT-461. 1 s.h. Fall.

ECT-463. Special Projects II. Students complete the defense and written report of their independent research project as a continuation of ECT-461 and ECT-462. Students will submit their work for presentation at a regional or national professional meeting, or for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. Prerequisite: ECT-462. 1 s.h. Spring.

ECT-464. ECT in Pediatric Heart Surgery. Students study the anatomical and physiological characteristics of congenital heart defects and their implications for the conduct of perfusion. Special considerations in the conduct of perfusion for congenital heart surgery are discussed and modeled. Through analysis of case clinical reports and histories, students learn about the surgical treatment of congenital heart defects. Prerequisite: Permission of the CP Faculty. 2 s.h. Fall.

ECT-610. Pharmacology for Perfusion. This course presents the fundamental principles of pharmacology necessary for an understanding of the mechanisms of action of drugs and knowledge for their rational and effective use or monitoring. Principles which support the clinical application of drugs to dynamic patients, who exist in a variety of health states, will be shared. Principles include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenetics, and introductory therapeutics. A discussion of the impact of aging and disease on drug safety and the drug development process will be made.  Interprofessional experiences will be used to help students gain exposure to many of the challenges related to drug therapy, and team-based problem solving skills will be applied. Prerequisite: Permission fo the CVP faculty. 4 s.h. Spring.

ECT-510. Physiology. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the basic principles of human physiologic function. Organ, tissue and cellular function is integrated through exploration of the major elements of overall homeostasis (i.e., health). Emphasis is placed on the regulatory mechanisms, which integrate the functional systems of the body and maintain the adult organism in a dynamic steady state. Basic concepts of normal function are reinforced by consideration of many clinical and pathophysiological applications. 6 s.h. Fall. 

IP 710. Transforming Healthcare.
The course goal is to lay the foundations for beginning (first year) professions students to understand the complexities of the health care system and the role of interprofessional collaboration to improve the system. Through an interprofessional context, students will explore the art and science of teamwork and communication skills, cultural competency, ethical issues, healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. This course addresses the university's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) goals #2 (e.g., students learn more about the other professions) and #3 (e.g., students apply interprofessional teamwork competencies in a learning setting) and will provide a mechanism to evaluate student learning outcomes associated with each goal. 2 s.h.

  
Last Published with Edits:July 7, 2014 9:53 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2014
 
 
 
 

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