Basic Echocardiography Examination

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CCI is now announcing the development of a basic echocardiography credential and credentialing examination. The basic echocardiography credentialing examination will include the basic technical aspects of performing echocardiographic procedures.

 
The basic echocardiography credentialing program will only be available to healthcare providers outside of North America.
 
CCI will only recognize this basic echocardiography examination and credential outside of North America.

Requires: Passing the one-part Basic Echocardiography Examination 

Specialty Examination Fee: $180 USD

First 100 to apply and qualify to take the pilot examination: $100 USD

Pilot examination administered starting AUGUST 2014; click here to print out application for pilot examination. Applications should be completed and mailed to CCI headquarters or faxed to +1-919-882-8787.

 

Basic Echocardiography

IMPORTANT: The basic echocardiography credentialing program will only be available to healthcare providers outside of North America.

 

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Fulfill one (1) of the qualifications of the exam for the Basic Echo examination. See qualifications listed in the tables below.

2. Provide typed documentation to support the qualification under which you are applying. Required documentation for each qualification is listed below. CCI reserves the right to request additional information.

Qualification criteria have been made and will be effective for applicants submitting their applications on or after May 1, 2014.

Qualification Prerequisite # Qualification Prerequisite Supporting Documentation
´╗┐Basic Echocardiography 1 Enrolled in or completed a formalized health related educational program (with a minimum of six months coursework and 300 cardiac ultrasound cases performed).

Student Verification Letter

OR

Completion Certificate from educational program AND/OR Educational Transcripts which show graduation from program

 

AND

 

Documentation of performance of a minimum of 300 cardiac ultrasound studies in the applicant’s career, which is defined as work experience AND/OR clinical experience gained during a formal educational program.

 

The supporting documentation can be provided in one or more letters, which must be on facility’s/program’s letterhead, and must be signed by the applicant’s educational program director, direct supervisor, or manager.

´╗┐Basic Echocardiography 2 Currently employed in a health related field of practice where echocardiography is utilized (with a minimum of six months work experience and 300 cardiac ultrasound cases performed). Employment Verification Letter

 

AND

 

Documentation of performance of a minimum of 300 cardiac ultrasound studies in the applicant’s career, which is defined as work experience AND/OR clinical experience gained during a formal educational program.

 

The supporting documentation can be provided in one or more letters, which must be on facility’s/program’s letterhead, and must be signed by the applicant’s educational program director, direct supervisor, or manager.

 

CCI requires the Student Verification Letter contain the following:

1) Educational program’s original, official letterhead or stationery.
2) Indicate the date the letter was signed by educational director.
3) Indicate the name of the applicant.
4) Indicate the date of graduation and length of program (minimum of six months coursework required).
5) Indicate the specialty of the educational program.
6) Indicate the number of cardiac ultrasound studies performed by applicant (minimum 300 studies required).
7) Original signature of direct supervisor or employer.

 

CCI requires the Employment Verification Letter contain the following:

1) Employer’s original, official letterhead or stationery.
2) Indicate the date the letter was signed by employer/supervisor.
3) Indicate the name of the applicant.
4) Indicate the time period of employment (minimum of six months work experience required).
5) Indicate the primary duties of applicant, related to the field of cardiovascular technology.
6) Indicate the number of cardiac ultrasound studies performed by applicant (minimum 300 studies required).
7) Original signature of direct supervisor.

Basic Echo Matrix & Task List Monday, April 28th 2014 9:31 AM

The exam content below describes the activities an individual with basic echocardiography knowledge and skills would be expected to perform on the job. All examination questions are linked to these knowledge and skills. Each content area has a different relative weight, meaning that one content area may have a higher weight (more questions) than another.

 

Examination Matrix

The examination matrix is provided to illustrate the general distribution of questions and the relative weight or emphasis given to a skill or content area on the examination.

CONTENT CATEGORY APPROXIMATE % OF EXAMINATION
General policies, procedures and standards
  • Ensure universal precautions and sterile techniques
  • Respond to emergency situations
  • Pre-procedure activities
  • Post-procedure activities
5%

Perform echocardiographic examinations

  • Understand ultrasound physics and instrumentation
  • Understand imaging views (transducer position, planes, anatomy)
  • Define normal anatomy, physiology and hemodynamics
  • Utilize physiologic maneuvers
  • Practice proper ergonomics
45%

Perform specialized echocardiographic techniques

  • Perform stress echocardiography
  • Perform contrast echocardiography
8%
Pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases/therapeutic measures
  • Evaluate pathophysiology in images and modify examination to answer the clinical question
  • Recognize common congenital abnormalities
42%
TOTAL 100%

 

 

The textbooks listed in the following section are intended as a recommended resource when preparing for examination. Any general text related to the content on the examination may be used. It is not necessary to use all of the texts identified. They are provided as suggestions only. CCI does not endorse nor recommend any third party review course or material.

  1. Feigenbaum’s EchocardiographyArmstrong, William F., Thomas Ryan, and Harvey Feigenbaum. 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010.
  2. Publications and Reports of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). All new ASE Guidelines published on www.asecho.org/Guidelines.
  3. Any general text on nursing management and care of the cardiac patient.

 

Maintenance of an “active status” for the basic echocardiography credential will require individuals renew their credential every three years, based on the calendar year quarter in which the credential was earned. Credential holders can renew their credential by completing one of the following three renewal options:NOTE: The following renewal requirements are tentative and awaiting final approval by CCI's Board of Trustees.

 

Renewal Option 1

a. Sign code of ethics form
b. Re-take and pass the basic echocardiography examination
 
Renewal Option 2
a. Submission of renewal fees ($90 USD / three years)
b. Sign code of ethics form
c. Submit documentation of 16 units/hours of continuing education related to cardiovascular patient care
 
Renewal Option 3
a. Sign code of ethics form
b. Qualify for and pass the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) examination
 
These steps are required, and until all are fulfilled, your credential will not be renewed.
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