Students can earn an associate degree, bachelor's degree or certificate in cardiac technology. With this education, they can find entry-level technologist jobs.
Schools with Cardiac Technology Programs
These schools offer cardiac technology programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi, TX||2-year, Public||Associate**||$2,546 in-district, $3,846 in-state, $4,808 out-of-state|
|Lone Star College||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate**||$1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state|
|Orange Coast College||Costa Mesa, CA||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$1,184 in-state, $6,584 out-of-state|
|Sentara College of Health Sciences||Chesapeake, VA||4-year, Private||Associate||$2,189|
|Harper College||Palatine, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,228 in-district, $9,396 in-state, $11,208 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$15,810 in-state, $22,470 out-of-state|
|Dallas County Community College||Dallas, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate**||$59 in-county, per credit hour**|
|Hudson Valley Community College||Troy, NY||2-year, Public||Associate||$5,188 in-state, $13,388 out-of-state|
|El Centro College||Dallas, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website
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School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for cardiac technology schools:
- Students should make sure they meet the school's minimum admission requirements, which may include general education, science and introductory medical courses.
- Students should consider course requirements and elective options to make sure that the program's curriculum is consistent with their educational and career goals.
- Students should look into hands-on training opportunities offered by the school, such as an internship at an on-campus medical clinic or affiliated hospital.
- Applicants of a cardiac technology program should ensure the curriculum offers sufficient preparation for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs.
Certificate in Cardiac Technology
Certificate programs in cardiac technology are designed for students already holding health care certification or a related undergraduate degree. Prerequisites often include math and anatomy courses, and applicants may be required to already have extensive clinical experience. Clinical experiences are typically required, and graduates are often eligible to apply for national certification.
Associate Degree in Cardiac Technology
Applicants of an associate degree program in cardiac technology must often complete prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, math and biology. Due to limited admission of some programs, applicants with advanced education in ultrasound studies, electrocardiography (ECG), and cardiac technology techniques may receive preferred consideration. Many programs include clinical lab experiences, clinical practicums or internships during the program. Most associate degree programs prepare students for certification exams.
Bachelor's Degree in Cardiac Technology
Bachelor's degree programs require more extensive prerequisite courses in English, biology, chemistry and math than do associate programs. Students may be required to complete one or two years of undergraduate study before declaring the major. Students often participate in extensive clinical rotations during the last year of study.
Through accredited undergraduate programs in cardiac technology, students can take courses and get practical training that prepares them for certification and work in the field.