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Schools with Cardiac Catheterization Programs: How to Choose

Aspiring students of cardiac catheterization can attend certificate, associate, or bachelor's degree programs across the U.S. Students can keep the following considerations in mind when choosing the best program for them.

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Students interested in cardiac catheterization typically enroll in cardiovascular technology programs, with a focus on invasive cardiovascular technology. Certificate and associate degree programs may be offered in this more focused discipline, and bachelor's degree programs may include concentration opportunities.

10 Schools with Cardiovascular Technology Programs

At these schools, students can study cardiac catheterization:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,482 in-state, $30,298 out-of-state
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,598 in-state, $7,554 out-of-state
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Postgraduate certificate $8,396 in-state, $25,574 out-of-state
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Certificate $5,275 in-district, $10,885 in-state, $12,985 out-of-state
Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA 2-year, Public Associate $3,576 in-state, $8,520 out-of-state
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA 2-year, Public Associate $6,015 in-district, $7,500 in-state, $8,940 out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate $2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate $47,750
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ 4-year, Public Certificate $14,131 in-state, $29,521 out-of-state
Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK 2-year, Public Associate $2,900 in-state, $7,844 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Students interested in this course of study should consider the following:

  • Students who are particularly interested in cardiac catheterization should select a program that offers a concentration or elective courses in the subject.
  • Associate degrees are the standard of the industry and the most common degree program available, but bachelor's degrees are useful for students interested in progressing to medical school or graduate programs.
  • Certification in the field of cardiac catheterization is largely voluntary but preferred or required by most employers.

Certificate in Cardiac Catheterization

Certificate programs for cardiac technologists with an interest in catheterization may be completed in one year and are commonly offered to students who already hold an associate degree in an allied health profession. Several clinical experiences may be required.

Associate Degree in Cardiac Catheterization

Associate degrees may be available in invasive cardiovascular technology, which would focus largely on catheterization, or in general cardiovascular technology, which could offer opportunities for invasive study. Laboratory experiences may be required as well as clinical practicum. Courses typically include general studies such as algebra, English and communication, as well as basic sciences and cardiac instrument techniques.

Bachelor's Degree in Cardiac Catheterization

A bachelor's degree may allow students to gain a greater knowledge of cardiovascular technology as a whole, due to the 4-year length of most programs, and students still have the opportunity to study catheterization techniques. General education requirements are typically mandatory, as well as clinical experiences or internships.

In an undergraduate degree or certificate program, students can focus their studies on cardiac catheterization and prepare for professional certification or future studies in the field.

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