Cardiologist Schools, Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Cardiologists need to have extensive training in general medicine before developing expertise in heart health. At minimum, individuals must attend medical school and residencies. Those who are interested in furthering their expertise may also wish to consider fellowships.

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Medical school programs are available across the country. Cardiology residencies and fellowships can be found at select teaching hospitals.

10 Schools with Cardiology Programs

These ten schools provide medical training for aspiring cardiologists:

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (2015-2016)*
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 4-year, Public $27,405 in-state, $54,783 out-of-state
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private $53,575
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC 4-year, Public $33,388 in-state, $59,852 out-of-state
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public $32,751 in-state, $44,996 out-of-state
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private $52,491
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private $52,210
University of Texas Dallas, TX 4-year, Public $17,913 in-state, $31,013 out-of-state
University of Nebraska Omaha, NE 4-year, Public $28,482 in-state, $70,850 out-of-state
University of Illinois Chicago, IL 4-year, Public $35,442 in-state, $72,442 out-of-state
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public $32,744 in-state, $45,000 out-of-state

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for cardiology schools:

  • Students should ensure that prospective programs are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
  • Students may want to consider medical schools that offer cardiology training through clinical rotations.
  • Individuals with a strong interest in research may want to choose medical schools that are well-established as research institutions.

Medical School Programs

Medical school trains students to understand the human body, identify diseases and provide treatments. Clinical rotations and electives train students to apply textbook knowledge to real-world hospital settings. Coursework includes a variety of medical and science topics.

Cardiology Residency Programs

Residency programs are several years in length and include clinical and didactic training. Individuals in these programs spend significant time working with patients under the supervision of experienced cardiologists. Residents receive stipends while in training, as well as other benefits, like sick and professional leave.

Cardiology Fellowships

Fellowships are intensive programs that allow individuals greater independence with patients, as well as opportunities to perform research. These programs include intensive training, especially during the first years. Entry to these programs is often competitive; only a few applicants are granted admission.

In preparation to become a cardiologist, students can enroll in medical school at a well-respected institution and then complete residency and fellowship programs.

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