Cardiovascular technicians and technologists must earn an undergraduate degree or certificate in order to work in the medical field. Programs are available at two-year colleges and four-year universities.
10 Schools with Cardiovascular Tech Programs
It is possible to train to become a cardiovascular technician or technologist at the following schools:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756|
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||In-state $2,474; Out-of-state $9,383|
|University of South Carolina - Columbia||Columbia, SC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $11,482; Out-of-state $30,298|
|Orange Coast College||Costa Mesa, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,184; Out-of-state $6,584|
|University of Toledo||Toledo, OH||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $9,547; Out-of-state $18,885|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,360; Out-of-state $6,286|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,664; Out-of-state $8,808|
|Tulsa Community College||Tulsa, OK||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,900; Out-of-state $7,844|
|Grossmont College||El Cajon, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $1,388; Out-of-state $7,196|
|Harper College||Palatine, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $3,228; In-state $9,396; Out-of-state $11,208|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for cardiovascular tech schools:
- Students should look for programs that are approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, since graduates of these programs qualify for professional certification and licensure.
- Program duration could also play a role in school choice. An advantage to an associate's degree is that is takes only two years to complete and is much less expensive than a 4-year bachelor's degree program, but bachelor's degree programs provide more extensive training..
- Students should find out about the settings in which clinical experiences take place, such as hospitals or clinics, in order to ensure that they will get experience in the setting where they would like to work in the future.
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the professional certification exams offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Associate's Degree Programs
Cardiovascular technicians and technologist commonly get the training they need through associate's degree programs. These programs include fundamental biomedical coursework and clinical training in cardiac diagnostic procedures and basic treatment techniques. Students also complete general education requirements. At some schools, it is possible to choose a concentration in a particular area of interest, such as vascular or echocardiography. Depending on the school, these programs require four to five semesters of full-time study.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cardiovascular Technology programs include lecture- and laboratory-based biology and chemistry courses, as well as clinical training in cardiovascular diagnostics. Students may have the chance to specialize their studies in invasive, noninvasive or vascular care, and they may be required to complete an off-site internship at a hospital or clinic. Alternatively, undergraduates pursuing majors in broader subject, such as nursing or health science, may choose a track within the major that leads to a certificate in cardiovascular technology.
Like associate's degree programs, certificate programs typically cover the basics of the cardiovascular technology field, but they do not include general education requirements. Also, it is important to note that some certificate programs accept any student with a high school diploma, while others only enroll students who have already completed an associate's degree or are enrolled in a bachelor's degree program.
A career as a cardiovascular technician can be pursued with a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree from a 2- or 4- year college. Tuition rates vary widely, and some colleges offer lower tuition to local students. Program costs, in addition to accreditation and clinical experiences, could be deciding factors when choosing which type of program to pursue.