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   The mission of Carvas College is to train the highest quality practitioners in:

        1) Cardiovascular Technology, specifically Echocardiography

About Carvas College:

   Our program is strategically located in Louisiana north of New Orleans on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It is geographically diverse, with administrative offices in Lacombe, classrooms in Mandeville, and clinical sites located at various locations in Mandeville, Covington, Hammond, Lacombe, Slidell, and Bogalusa.

Cardiovascular Technology Curriculum:


   Our program of Cardiovascular Technology has been programmatically accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This means that the training our students receive meets certain standards that have been approved by professionals in the field of echocardiography and is consequently of the highest quality in the country. Our program currently meets or exceeds the CAAHEP required thresholds for retention rate, passing of certification exams, and employment placement.

Specifically, these outcomes are:

Retention rate: 85.0 %

Successful Passage of Certification Exams: 72.7 %

Post-graduation Employment: 70.6 %

   The Cardiovascular Technology program teaches students to perform diagnostic ultrasounds of the heart and vascular system. It is a 15 month curriculum and we begin a new class only once a year in October. Between 8 and 12 students are accepted for each class.

   In contrast to an electrocardiogram (EKG) that measures the electrical currents in the heart, an echocardiogram shows a real-time image of a beating heart on a display screen as the cardiovascular technologist (CVT) performs the test. The electrocardiogram tells about the electrical health of the heart while the echocardiogram tells the structural health of the heart, its motion, and its valves.

   Technologists specializing in echocardiography or vascular technology use ultrasound instrumentation to run noninvasive tests that do not require the insertion of probes or other instruments into the patient's body. Ultrasound is sound that is so high pitched it is beyond the range of normal human hearing, above a frequency of 20,000 cycles per second. The echo machine sends sound waves to a hand-held sound-sensitive device called a transducer placed on the patient's chest. The heart walls and valves reflect back the sound waves through the transducer to the machine. High-powered software puts together a picture of the heart and information about the heart's function from the returned sound for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician. The setting for the test is usually a clinic or hospital.