A cardiologist tech, also referred to as a cardiology tech or a cardiovascular tech, is a technician or technologist trained to perform both invasive and noninvasive tests used to diagnose and treat heart disease. Certificate and associate degree programs in cardiovascular technology are commonly offered by community and technical colleges. Students participate in hands-on clinical experiences as well as in-class lectures.
Course topics for these programs typically include:
- Cardiac anatomy
- Patient assessment
- Medical terminology
- Noninvasive and invasive procedures
- Diagnostic equipment
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List of Courses
Medical Terminology Course
Prior to getting into cardiologist tech courses, students are often required to take a medical terminology class first. In this course instructors will go through some of the most commonly used terms and abbreviations. Students will also gain information about identifying medical terms by their suffixes and prefixes.
Cardiologist Tech Overview Course
In this beginning course, students are introduced to the latest cardiovascular technology techniques as well as the duties and responsibilities of cardiology techs. Ethics, professionalism, patient communication and legal issues are emphasized. Career paths for cardiologist techs are discussed.
Cardiac Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Technicians Course
Topics covered in this course include identification of normal heart anatomy, signs of acquired and congenital heart disease, and common diseases of the heart. Development of the heart and the cardiovascular system are studied in depth.
Electrocardiography (EKG) classes, taken after introductory courses are completed, are courses that provide students with knowledge of the electrophysiology of the cardiac system. Instructors cover recording techniques, infraction patterns, and stress testing, among other topics. Students perform EKGs in a laboratory setting.