Cardiovascular Technicians help cardiologists diagnose and treat heart and blood flow problems, in addition to the everyday tasks of scheduling appointments, reviewing patient files, taking care of testing equipment, and communicating with patients. Technicians can specialize in invasive cardiology, non-invasive cardiology, or vascular technology, as well as electrocardiograms and stress testing (which is fun because you get to make people run on treadmills). Invasive cardiology involves procedures like threading a catheter through an artery from the groin to the heart to see whether blood vessels are being blocked. If you think that’s icky, you’d best stick with the stress testing, or other non-invasive specialties like echocardiography, vascular technology, or sonography which uses sound waves to detect blockages and assess heart health.
Cardiovascular technicians make good money. The average annual income was $47,000 in 2008 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10% earned under $25,500, and the highest earned over $74,760. Technicians who are trained to perform a range of procedures and who hold multiple credentials will have an easier time finding jobs and earn higher pay. With the aging population and the prevalence of heart disease, this career is expected to grow, especially in the non-invasive areas as technology improves. Ultrasound technicians, like cardiac sonographers or vascular sonographers, will also be in high demand for the same reason, and there is much crossover between the two disciplines.
Cardiovascular technicians require at least an AA degree in a subject such as allied health, healthcare, or medical assisting, in addition to professional credentials and on the job training. Four year programs are becoming more common, which include core courses first and then instruction in the student’s chosen specialty. EKG technicians, often nurses who were trained on the job, can enroll in 2-year programs to become technologists, and there are also 1-year certification programs for EKGs, Holter monitoring, and stress testing.
There are multiple educational paths that students can take to become an ultrasound technician or diagnostic medical sonographer. The schools below do not offer ultrasound-specific training, but they do offer medical assisting and other healthcare programs that are closely related. You can request information by clicking on any of the links below.
||DeVry University — For over 80 years, DeVry University has focused on relevant areas of study, offering associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs and specializations that cover 34 different career fields. Earn your associate degree in Health Information Technology from DeVry University, and prepare to be an HIT leader in contemporary hospitals, physicians' offices, medical clinics, and more. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.|
||Hodges University — Founded in 1990, Hodges University is one the premier private universities in the State of Florida. The AS in Health Information Management and AS in Health Administration programs, while not ultrasound training programs, do teach students how to use information technology to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. Hodges University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.|
||Keiser University — Keiser University, founded in 1977, is a private, regionally accredited career university offering certificates, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The AS in Medical Assisting program prepares students to perform medical assisting duties under the direction of a physician or practitioner. Keiser University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.|
||Herzing University — With a 45 year history, Herzing University is an accredited university that offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as diplomas in over 45 different programs. The AS in Medical Assisting program builds on the online diploma program by incorporating the general education requirements required for this level of degree. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.|
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