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Cardiovascular Technology Certificate Programs in Ohio

Ohio has 15 schools that offer cardiovascular technology-related programs. Learn about the certificate and degree programs, tuition info and program options for the ten largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Although certificate programs narrowly focused on cardiovascular technology are not plentiful in Ohio, there are associate's degree and certificate programs in cardiovascular technology with an echocardiography focus and associate's degree programs in sonography with a cardiovascular emphasis. A certificate in cardiovascular interventional technology (CIT) is also an option for individuals who are already certified radiographers. These programs include a heavy focus on clinical training through labs and internships or clinical rotations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that a degree in radiography can be paired with on-the-job training for cardiovascular technology, and there are options for radiography training in Ohio.


Central Ohio Technical College

Central Ohio Technical College, located in Newark, offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography technology with a cardiovascular emphasis. This 72.5-credit-hour program provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform cardiovascular diagnostic sonography procedures. Some courses include principles of clinical cardiovascular sonography, sonography physics and instrumentation, echocardiography and vascular sonography. Students also complete clinical requirements in cardiovascular sonography.

Central Ohio Technical College also offers an associate's degree program in radiologic science technology that's accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This 72-credit-hour program includes coursework in imaging procedures, radiation physics, radiation protection and radiologic pathology, as well as clinical education.

Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Imaging

The Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Imaging, located in Euclid, offers a certificate program in radiologic technology through the School of Diagnostic Imaging. This program prepares students to work as entry-level radiographers. Courses include patient care in radiography, radiographic techniques, radiographic positioning and procedures, healthcare ethics and law. Students are also required to complete introductory, intermediate and advanced clinical experience. Since ARRT requires students to have a degree for exam eligibility, students can transfer the credits they earn to a college to complete a radiography degree program.

Kent State University at Salem

Kent State University at Salem offers a JRCERT-accredited associate's degree program in radiologic technology. This 70- to 71-credit program takes two years to complete, and it includes courses in radiographic procedures, methods of patient care, radiologic physics, advanced imaging, general psychology, fundamentals of chemistry and clinical practice. Students are eligible to complete the ARRT national certification exam at the end of the program.

Kettering College

Kettering College, in Kettering, offers a CIT certificate program. This program is one semester long and provides courses in angiography and cardiopulmonary monitoring. It also includes a cardiac angiography practicum. This 11-credit-hour program is designed for students who have previously become ARRT-certified radiographers.

North Central State College

North Central State College in Mansfield offers an associate's degree program in radiological sciences through the health sciences division. It's JRCERT-accredited and provides 72 credit hours of learning. The program includes courses in anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of radiology, radiologic procedures, radiologic concepts, image analysis and special procedures. Students are also required to complete six clinical practicum experiences.

O C Collins Career Center

O C Collins Career Center, based in Chesapeake, offers a two-year certificate program in cardiac diagnostic medical sonography. This six-semester program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), and it provides both clinical and classroom study. Upon graduation, students will have knowledge and skills in sonographic examination, imaging techniques and scanning ergonomics.

The two-year radiologic technology program is JRCERT-accredited and is comprised of four semesters. It prepares students for an entry-level radiological technology career through classroom study and clinical practice. Some courses include introduction to radiology, positioning, radiographic equipment and processing, ethics/quality and advanced imaging procedures.

Owens Community College

Owens Community College, located in Perrysburg, offers a JRCERT-accredited associate's degree program in radiologic technology through the School of Health Sciences. This 76-credit-hour program includes courses in the language of medicine, medical imaging, radiologic physics and radiobiology. It also includes lab work and clinical practice.

University of Rio Grande

This Rio Grande university offers an associate's degree program in diagnostic medical sonography - cardiovascular concentration through the School of Allied Health. This 74-credit-hour program prepares students to sit for the ARDMS exam. It includes courses in the principles of cardiovascular sonography, sectional anatomy, echocardiography and vascular sonography, as well as two clinical practicum experiences.

The School of Allied Health also offers a radiology technology associate's degree program that prepares students to sit for the ARRT certification examination. The 73-credit-hour program uses classroom lectures and clinical practicum experiences to train students in radiation physics, radiologic positioning and imaging procedures, radiation pathology and computed tomography.

Washington State Community College

Washington State Community College in Marietta offers a JRCERT-accredited certificate program in radiologic technology with an optional associate's degree. The six-semester program takes two years to complete and includes classroom and clinical components. Some courses include introduction to radiologic technology, radiographic procedures, applied radiography, principles of radiographic physics and special procedures/imaging. To complete the associate's degree program, students must complete coursework in technical writing, English composition, humanities and social sciences.

Career Requirements

Radiographers must become licensed in Ohio to perform radiology procedures, but licenses aren't issued for cardiovascular technologists. One path to licensing is to become certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) by completing an ARRT-accredited radiology program and passing a certification examination.

The ARRT website states that as of 2015, candidates must complete an associate's degree or higher to be eligible to sit for the certification exam. Another path is to complete an accredited radiology program and pass the state radiology examination. Ten of the schools that offer cardiovascular technology training or training that leads to radiographer certification in Ohio are described below.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Cardiovascular Technology-Related Programs Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Central Ohio Technical College Two-year, public; small suburb Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Cardiovascular,
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science Technology
$4,296 in-state; $7,056 out-of-state per year*
Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Imaging Two-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Radiologic Technology Certificate $7,700 per year*
Kent State University at Salem Four-year, primarily associate's, public; rural fringe Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology $5,664 in-state; $13,864 out-of-state per year*
Kettering College Four-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Certificate in Cardiovascular Interventional Technology $10,944*
North Central State College Two-year, public; rural fringe Associate's Degree in Radiological Sciences $3,591 in-state; $7,181 out-of-state per year*
O C Collins Career Center Two-year, public; rural fringe Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate,
Radiology Technology Certificate
$9,220 per year*
Owens Community College Two-year, public; Large Suburb Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology $4,223 in-state; $8,236 out-of-state per year*
University of Rio Grande Four-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; distant rural Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Cardiovascular
$23,860 per year*
Washington State Community College Two-year, public; rural fringe Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology $4,490 in-state; $8,660 out-of-state per year*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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