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Core Course Descriptions

Cardiovascular Science Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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Course Name

CORE 1560, 1570, 1580

Interdisciplinary Healthcare

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The Interdisciplinary Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs and how they interact together as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team: cardiovascular sciences, clinical psychology, dental medicine, nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy and podiatry students learn about the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interdisciplinary team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures will also be given in the classroom in a seminar format or in conjunction with panel presentations.

Credits: Each 0.5

CVSP 531

Cardiovascular Sciences Journal Review I

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This course covers topics related to cardiovascular perfusion. Students will evaluate journal review articles and present to the class. The course will provide the student with skills to review, critique, present, and lead discussions of journal articles that are relevant to perfusion and cardiothoracic surgery.

Credits: 1

CVSP 532

Research Methodology for Cardiovascular Sciences

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This course introduces a variety of research and professional issues pertinent to the cardiovascular perfusionist as a researcher. Fundamentals of the scientific and analytical methods will be discussed along with the limitations of each. The various types of research, research design, sampling techniques, hypothesis generation, information gathering skills and literature critiques will also be discussed.

Credits: 1

CVSP 533

Cardiovascular Sciences Journal Review II

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This course is a continuation of CVSP 531 Cardiovascular Sciences Journal Review I that covers topics related to cardiovascular perfusion. The course will provide the student with skills to review, critique, present, and lead discussions of journal articles that are relevant to perfusion and cardiothoracic surgery.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

CVSP 531 Cardiovascular Sciences Journal Review I

CVSP 534

Cardiovascular Sciences Masters Project I

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This course takes the theory and principles presented in CVSP 532 Research Methodology for Cardiovascular Science and applies them to a research project. Students will conduct a research project from the design phase through presentation of the study and the results.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

CVSP 532 Research Methodology for Cardiovascular Sciences

CVSP 535

Cardiovascular Sciences Masters Project II

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A requirement of the Cardiovascular Science Program is that the students write and submit a manuscript acceptable for publication prior to the student's graduation. Acceptability will be determined by either acceptance for presentation or publication in a peer-reviewed, professional journal. In this independent study course, the student will select a topic, find major references, produce a text outline, and write an abstract for their manuscript. It is anticipated that the student may present their research information during a regional or national perfusion meeting.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

CVSP 534 Cardiovascular Sciences Masters Project I

CVSP 541

Introduction to the Perfusion Environment

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This course provides an introduction to the operating room and its environment including sterile technique, instruments associated with cardiopulmonary bypass, blood-borne pathogens, personal protection equipment, overview of pharmacology associated with cardiopulmonary bypass, emergency preparedness, and professionalism.

Credits: 1

CVSP  544

Quality & Risk Management for Cardiovascular Sciences

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This course covers topics related to quality management and risk management in cardiovascular perfusion. The quality management course will instruct the student in setting-up a quality management program for a perfusion department. The curriculum will incorporate the continuous quality improvement cycle including process improvement. The risk management segment covers topics related to risk management in cardiovascular perfusion. The course will instruct the student in risk management in perfusion technology.

Credits: 3

CVSP 551

Anatomy for Cardiovascular Sciences

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This course examines cardiac, vascular, renal, and respiratory anatomy as they are applied to cardiovascular science and perfusion technology in particular. Emphasis is placed on normal structure and function and the current techniques used to visualize and analyze each of the structures.

Credits: 2

CVSP  553

Monitoring of the Cardiovascular Patient

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This course provides an overview of patient monitoring, especially the critically ill patient. The cardiovascular perfusionist must rely on the output of various physiologic monitors and analyzers to ensure that the patient is being adequately perfused during cardiopulmonary bypass. The course takes an in-depth look at these monitors and analyzers. The student will learn how each device and system operates, the strengths and limitations of each, how to troubleshoot each system, and how to interpret the clinical data.

Credits: 3

CVSP  555

Applied Physiology & Pathophysiology for Cardiovascular Sciences I

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This course is the first in the series of two courses that take an in-depth look at the physiology and pathophysiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Emphasis is on the interaction of cardiopulmonary bypass with the systems' normal physiology and how the systems' pathophysiology affects the conduct of bypass. This course covers blood, the heart, and the vascular system.

Credits: 3

CVSP 556

Applied Physiology & Pathophysiology for Cardiovascular Sciences II

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This course is the second in the series of two courses that take an in-depth look at the physiology and pathophysiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Emphasis is on the interaction of cardiopulmonary bypass with the systems' normal physiology and how the systems' pathophysiology affects the conduct of bypass. This course covers the autonomic nervous system, the immune system and inflammation, the lungs, the kidneys, and fluid and acid-base balance.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

CVSP 555 Applied Physiology & Pathophysiology for Cardiovascular Sciences I

CVSP 557

Cardiac Congenital Defects & Cardiac Pediatric Perfusion

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This course prepares students for participation in their pediatric rotations by providing an in-depth study of the cardiac congenital defects, the surgical procedures used to palliate and/or correct each defect, and a general overview of pediatric perfusion techniques. Emphasis is also placed on the physiological differences between adult and pediatric patients, device selection, volume management, cannulation techniques, temperature management, deep hypothermic circulatory arrest, and cerebral protection.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

CVSP 555, 556 Applied Physiology & Pathophysiology for Cardiovascular Sciences I, II; CVSP 558 Applied Pharmacology I; CVSP 561, 562 Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I, II

CVSP  553

Monitoring of the Cardiovascular Patient

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This course provides an overview of patient monitoring, especially the critically ill patient. The cardiovascular perfusionist must rely on the output of various physiologic monitors and analyzers to ensure that the patient is being adequately perfused during cardiopulmonary bypass. The course takes an in-depth look at these monitors and analyzers. The student will learn how each device and system operates, the strengths and limitations of each, how to troubleshoot each system, and how to interpret the clinical data.

Credits: 3

CVSP  553

Monitoring of the Cardiovascular Patient

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This course provides an overview of patient monitoring, especially the critically ill patient. The cardiovascular perfusionist must rely on the output of various physiologic monitors and analyzers to ensure that the patient is being adequately perfused during cardiopulmonary bypass. The course takes an in-depth look at these monitors and analyzers. The student will learn how each device and system operates, the strengths and limitations of each, how to troubleshoot each system, and how to interpret the clinical data.

Credits: 3

CVSP 561

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I

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This is the first in the series of three courses that explore the technology, techniques, and issues associated with cardiovascular perfusion and how the extracorporeal circuit is used in today's healthcare setting. This course provides an overview of the evolution of cardiopulmonary bypass, an introduction to the operating room and its environment including sterile technique, blood-borne pathogens, personal protection equipment, and an in-depth look at the components that comprise the extracorporeal circuit.

Credits: 4

CVSP 562

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology II

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This is the second in the series of three courses that explore the technology, techniques, and issues associated with cardiovascular perfusion and how the extracorporeal circuit is used in today's healthcare setting. This course looks at the technology and techniques associated with the conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass. This includes hemodilution, hypothermia, anticoagulation, myocardial protection, the interaction of blood with a foreign surface, and the pathophysiology associated with cardiopulmonary bypass.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

CVSP 553 Monitoring for the Cardiovascular Patient; CVSP 561 Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I; CVSP 591 Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory I

CVSP 563

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology III

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This is the third in the series of three courses that explore the technology, techniques, and issues associated with cardiovascular perfusion and how the extracorporeal circuit is used in today's healthcare setting. This course looks at specific techniques and current applications of extracorporeal circulation, various adjunct procedures, support of the failing heart and/or the failing lungs, and future applications and techniques.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

CVSP 562 Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology II; CVSP 592 Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory II

CVSP 571, 572

Clinical Observations & Seminars for Cardiovascular Sciences I, II

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These courses present procedures and topics in cardiovascular medicine through direct clinical observation, seminar presentations, or by independent study. Students are assigned to observation sessions in the cardiac operating room or catheterization lab at local affiliate hospitals. Students not involved in observation participate in a cardiac conference or independent study. All students participate in weekly seminars which present a technology, technique, or device currently in clinical use.

Credits: 2 credits each course

CVSP 591

Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory I

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This is the first in the series of three laboratory courses that provide hands-on experience with the extracorporeal circuit and related perfusion technologies. This course introduces the heart-lung machines currently available in the Cardiovascular Science's laboratory, provides hands-on experience with the design and assembly of an extracorporeal circuit tubing pack, and provides hands-on experience with setting up and priming a simple extracorporeal circuit.

Credits: 1

CVSP 592

Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory II

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This is the second in the series of three laboratory courses that provide hands-on experience with the extracorporeal circuit and related perfusion technologies. This course continues the hands-on experience circuit setup and introduces conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass via weekly hands-on simulations. Emphasis is on preparation of patient information, initiation and termination of bypass, anticoagulation management, patient management during cardiopulmonary bypass, and effective communication.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

CVSP 561 Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I; CVSP 591 Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory I

CVSP 593

Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory III

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This is the third in the series of three laboratory courses that provide hands-on experience with the extracorporeal circuit and related perfusion technologies. This course continues the hands-on experiences involving circuit setup and simulation. Simulation emphasis is on the operation of cell salvage devices, operation of the intra-aortic balloon pump, recognition and correction of problems potentially encountered during cardiopulmonary bypass, troubleshooting, and crisis resource management.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

CVSP 562 Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology II; CVSP 592 Cardiovascular Perfusion Hands-on Laboratory II

CVSP 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608

Clinical Practicum I-VIII

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The curriculum for Year Two features four quarters of clinical rotations including a one-week Orientation and a one-week Summative Evaluation. During these rotations, students are expected to achieve specific competencies in cardiovascular perfusion and related technologies of open-heart surgery, including proficiency in managing patient problems, handling issues of quality assurance, utilization review, continuity of care and appropriate treatment plans. At least one clinical rotation will be pediatrics. Text reading assignments, journal review, and other online activities are required for each clinical rotation.

Credits: 6

Prerequisites

Completion of all first year courses through Spring quarter first year and successful completion of the Orientation to the Clinical Rotations program

CVSP 662

Special Techniques in Cardiopulmonary Bypass

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This on-line course is divided into ten separate conditions requiring special and unusual techniques for cardiopulmonary bypass. The class is highly interactive with discussion on each subject.

Credits: 1

CVSP 663

Clinical Modules in Perfusion

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This course consists of a series of three (3) learning modules designed to: (1) allow the student to review and correct physiological parameters for the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass; (2) introduce/review characteristics of various mechanical circulatory assist devices; (3) appreciate input of multiple disciplines allowing the perfusion student to make a number of choices based on the appropriateness, available capital equipment and disposables. A resource library is also provided to support the learning process.

Credits: 1

CVSP  664

Current Trends in Perfusion

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This on-line course is divided into ten separate discussions. Ten different topics will be discussed on-line, each representing a current trend in perfusion.

Credits: 1