ACS Matrix & Task List

Examination Matrix & Task List

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. The bulleted task list below describes the activities which an Advanced Cardiac Sonographer is expected to perform on the job. All examination questions are linked to these tasks.

CONTENT CATEGORY/DUTIES AND TASKS APPROXIMATE % OF EXAMINATION
Performing Preliminary Echo Assessments
  • Review Echo Image Quality and Completeness
  • Identify Cardiovascular Abnormalities
  • Create Preliminary Echo Report
  • Ensure Report Completeness and Accuracy
56%

Performing Advanced Echocardiograms

  • Ensure Patient Safety and Satisfaction
  • Assimilate History and Clinical Findings
  • Develop Echo Protocols
  • Acquire Echo Images
  • Tailor Echo Exam
  • Perform Echo Measurements and Calculations 
25%

Mentoring Fellows, Students, Residents, and Staff

  • Assess Mentees' Competence and Skills
  • Provide Critical Feedback and Technical Guidance
  • Assign Improvement Projects
3%
Developing and Implementing Educational Plans
  • Identify Desired Outcomes
  • Prepare Educational Materials and Plan
  • Deliver Educational Materials
  • Measure Continued Performance 
8%
Facilitating Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Develop CQI Program
  • Implement CQI Processes
  • Analyze CQI Results
  • Execute an Action Plan
  • Facilitate Echo Lab Accreditation 
6%
Coordinating Cardiac Ultrasound Research
  • Identify a Research Topic
  • Assist with Research Design
  • Collect Research Data
  • Analyze Research Data
  • Disseminate Research Results
2%
TOTAL 100%

 

Knowledge List

The list below describes general areas of knowledge that are needed in order to perform the tasks identified. This knowledge will apply across multiple tasks.

Acquired heart disease
Aortic Disease
Cardiac catherization
Cardiomyopathies
Complications (e.g., post procedural)
Cardiovascular hemodynamics
Congenital heart disease (Simple and Complex)
Contrast Echo (e.g., LVO, MCE)
Coronary and Ischemic Heart Disease
CQI and performance improvement
Diastolic Function
Educational Theory
Heart Failure and Stroke
Interventional procedures
Mitral Valve Disease
National guidelines and standards
Pathology
Pericardial disease
Right Heart Disease
Strain Echo
Systemic disease
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