Out of Maryland's 50 public and private not-for-profit schools, only 1 school has cardiovascular technology programs. Although Howard Community College is the only school that awards a cardiovascular technology certificate and associate's degree, students can complete pre-clinical and general education courses at Carroll Community College and Frederick Community College through the Mid-Maryland Allied Healthcare Education Consortium.
Howard Community College
Columbia-based Howard Community College provides cardiovascular technology certificate and associate's degree programs. The certificate program was created for students who are already working in a healthcare profession. The associate's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Prior to enrolling in the 37-credit hour certificate program, students must complete courses in anatomy, physiology, science and mathematics. Both programs feature courses in hemodynamics, intravascular interventional and diagnostic procedures, cardiac anatomy and pathophysiology, 12-lead electrocardiogram procedures, cardiovascular pharmacology and x-ray theory. In addition to general education courses, associate's degree program students pass an advanced anatomy and physiology course. The associate's degree program requires between 65-68 credit hours before graduation. Regardless of the program, students participate in a clinical practicum and a clinical internship for professional skills development.
Although certification or licensure isn't required, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that professional certification has become standard for cardiovascular technologists and is often preferred by employers. These programs prepare students to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist certification exam through Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cardiovascular Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Howard Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Cardiovascular Technology for Health Care Professionals Certificate,
Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Technologist Associate of Applied Science
|$3,698 in-district; $5,690 in-state; $6,770 out-of-state*|
Source: *Howard Community College