Educators

Successful educators foster successful students. Cardiovascular educators not only possess teaching expertise, but through their skills and experience, they serve as mentors and role models for the profession.

As part of CCI’s commitment to the professional triad: professional organizations, personnel credentialing, and educational programs, we work hard to support and stay connected to cardiovascular educators.

Support for Educators throughout the year is non-stop!

  • The CCI Cardiovascular Educator Community is an online discussion platform to keep Educators connected and engaged with their peers. Contact communications@cci-online.org for assistance in accessing the platform. 
  • The Educator Newsletter, CCI sends email newsletters to educators periodically. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please email Cresta Archuletta, Director of Communications, at carchuletta@cci-online.org.
  • The Educator Luncheon at the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), for more than a decade CCI has been honored to host this face-to-face annual conference and luncheon. Cardiac and Vascular Sonography Educators and Clinical Coordinators are invited to join for a free Lunch & Learn. The SDMS Annual Conference registration and topic information are available on the SDMS Conference app each year.
  • Our annual Cardiovascular Educators’ Forum is designed for faculty (didactic and clinical), program coordinators, and program directors who specialize in developing and teaching cardiac and vascular technology courses. This in-person event serves as an opportunity for educators to network and share experiences in eLearning, instructional technology, and instructional design with an emphasis on transitioning from traditional classroom instruction to online and/or virtual learning.

2023 Educators’ Forum

Each Spring CCI hosts the Cardiovascular Educators’ Forum. 50 Educators from invasive cardiovascular technology, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, and electrophysiology programs across the United States and Canada are invited to participate.  

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Release of Student Results

Upon request, and with permission of the applicant/candidate, CCI will release a student/graduate’s examination results to their program director. The applicant/candidate must give permission to CCI in one of two ways:

  1. At the time of application, the applicant can authorize the release of their results by checking the authorization box found under the Educational Background section of the CCI Examination Application and providing the required information.
    OR
  2. After application submission, a candidate can authorize the release of their results by providing a signed authorization that includes the required information. The signed authorization must include the name of the school and the program director’s name and mailing address. Requests must be made in writing and results will be sent via mail. Results will not be given over the phone.

For individuals who granted permission on their initial application, educators can expect to receive results within the same time frame as the official results (15 to 20 business days after testing) are sent. Results letters will not include the score but will include pass/fail results only.

Download Sample Verification Letters for All Our Credentials

Download a sample employment letter here and follow these guidelines.

  • Official letterhead of the Employer should be used for this communication, even if electronic.
  • This letter should be dated no older than six months from the date the application is received.
  • Include the name of the applicant, whether they are employed full- or part-time, and indicated the period of their employment.
  • Include the primary duties of the applicant, related to the field of cardiovascular technology.
  • Include the number of ultrasound cases performed by the applicant. Note: a minimum of 600 cardiac ultrasound studies at the time of application are required.
  • The signature of a direct supervisor’s signature is required,who must be an MD or DO or hold an active RCCS, RCES, RCIS, RCS, RDCS, RDMS, RVS, or RVT credential.

Download a sample student verification letter here and follow these guidelines.

  • Official letterhead of the educational program should be used for this communication, even if electronic.
  • Include the date, the name of the applicant, and whether they are a full- or part-time student.
  • Indicate the expected date of graduation.
  • Indicate the specialty of the educational program.
  • A signature from the educational director is required.

Download a sample clinical experience letter here and follow these guidelines.

  • Official letterhead of the clinical site should be used for this communication, even if electronic.
  • This letter should be dated no older than six months from the date the application is received.
  • Include the name of the applicant
  • Include the number of ultrasound cases performed by the applicant. Note: a minimum of 600 cardiac ultrasound studies at the time of application are required.
  • Indicate the time period during which the clinical hours were performed.
  • The clinical supervisor’s signature is required.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive the Educator Newsletter or be notified about the Educator luncheon, fill out the form below.

    Educator's Story

    Dr. Carol Mitchell is a prolific teacher and education researcher, having won awards for both including the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Distinguished Educator of the Year, Cardiac Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award. Dr. Mitchell is a member of the Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) Exam Committee; a fellow of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers; a member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound, American Society of Radiologic Technology, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine; and past treasurer of the American Society of Echocardiography. She is also a fellow in the American Society of Echocardiography and recently received the American Society of Echocardiography 2022 Sonographer Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Dr. Mitchell’s primary research interests are:

    • Utilizing ultrasound to characterize the structure and tissue composition of the arterial wall and atherosclerotic plaque
    • Developing imaging and measurement protocol to extract texture features from ultrasound images of the arterial wall and plaque
    • Utilizing existing ultrasound technology in novel ways to study hemodynamics and their relationships to cardiovascular disease and cognition
    • Development of interactive learning modules to be used to enhance inter-professional knowledge of non-invasive testing procedures and improve ultrasound measurement and analysis techniques.