Tampa-Area Cardiovascular Technology Programs
Cardiovascular technology programs prepare students to work with patients who are living with cardiovascular ailments. Prospective cardiovascular technologists in the Tampa area have limited training options in this career field. In addition to profiling Polk State College and its cardiovascular technology programs, this article provides a table of information about the school that may help individuals who are choosing a college. The table offers facts about school enrollment, tuition and graduation rates.
- The only area school with a program is Polk State College, which is about 45 minutes from downtown. This school offers certificate and associate's degree programs in cardiovascular technology. Graduates are eligible for certification examinations through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
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Below is some information about this school that may help prospective students make a decision on their education.
|Polk State College|
|School Type*||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)*||11,060|
|Campus Setting*||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*||$3,366 in-state; $12,271 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)*||78%|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2014)*||N/A - Open admission|
|Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies Fall 2008)*||27% (16% transfer-out rate)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Polk State College
Polk State College offers degrees at the undergraduate level, including certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. Students who want to work in the medical field have an opportunity to enroll in numerous health-related programs. The school provides education and training in cardiovascular technology, diagnostic medical sonography, respiratory care, radiography, nursing, medical coding and medical office administration.
Associate in Science in Cardiovascular Technology
The Associate in Science in Cardiovascular Technology program is 77 credits long and requires students to complete general education and core requirements. Prerequisites for the program include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, composition and algebra. The curriculum teaches students about EKG interpretation, cardiovascular pharmacology, cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, radiation biology and critical care applications. Students also learn about the diagnosis and treatment involved in peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease.
Accelerated Cardiovascular Program, Advanced Technical Certificate
Applicants to the invasive cardiovascular technology certificate program must have previously earned an Associate of Science in an allied healthcare field, such as sonography, radiography, nursing or respiratory therapy. The program is one year in length and can be completed in three terms. Students in the program must complete 35 credits of coursework and obtain 800 hours of professional training in three clinical rotations. Courses cover topics in invasive cardiology, EKG interpretation, cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, radiation biology and cardiovascular pharmacology.