Cardiac catheterization is just one of many responsibilities carried out by cardiovascular technologists and technicians. Certificate, associate and bachelor's degree programs are available in cardiovascular technology.
Cardiovascular Technology Schools
These postsecondary institutions offer cardiovascular technology programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate||$47,750|
|Arkansas Tech University||Russellville, AR||4-year, Public||Associate||$6,192 in-state, $11,352 out-of-state|
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$2,474 in-state, $9,383 out-of-state|
|Florida SouthWestern State College||Fort Myers, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$3,401 in-state, $12,979 out-of-state|
|Polk State||Winter Haven, FL||4-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$3,366 in-state, $12,271 out-of-state|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state|
|Rutgers University-New Brunswick||New Brunswick, NJ||4-year, Public||Certificate||$14,131 in-state, $29,521 out-of-state|
|Santa Fe College||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$2,539 in-district, $2,541 in-state, $9,189 out-of-state|
|University of South Carolina- Columbia||Columbia, SC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,482 in-state, $30,298 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
These are some considerations to help you choose a cardiac catheterization school:
- As you look at different program options, make sure that your educational experience meets the minimum admissions requirements.
- You may want to look for programs that are specifically geared toward preparation for professional certification, such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or Cardiovascular Credentialing International, which confer designations that may improve job prospects.
- If you're already working in the medical field, a certificate could be sufficient to give you additional training. If not, choosing an associate degree could more quickly prepare you for an entry-level job, but a bachelor's degree could improve your marketability and help with career advancement.
- If possible, you may want to try to find out what previous graduates of the program did after they finished. That way, you can ensure that the program is consistent with your career goals.
Certificate of Completion - Cardiovascular Technology
Certificate programs for cardiovascular technicians are available to students already holding a degree or certificate in nursing or allied health. Extensive clinical experiences are typically required. The curriculum includes general scientific and medical courses as well as career-focused training.
Associate Degree in Cardiovascular Technology
Associate degree programs train students for entry-level careers as cardiac technologists and can be completed in two years. Students must take general education courses as well as classes in cardiovascular care. Clinical experiences, which involve working with patients and equipment, are also usually required.
Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Technology
Students in a 4-year bachelor's degree program often have the option to specialize in various areas of vascular studies. The final year of the program may be largely or solely dedicated to clinical experience. Coursework includes lab and classroom work in basic scientific topics as well as cardiovascular procedures.
If you want to study to become a cardiac catheterization technologist, there are multiple relevant program options available at accredited schools. Before deciding on a school or program, think about your career goals and what kind of experience you already have in the field.