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Cardiovascular Technologist

   

Cardiovascular Technologists perform diagnostic and therapeutic examinations of the heart and blood vessels under the direction of a licensed physician. They may specialize in invasive cardiology, noninvasive cardiology, or noninvasive peripheral vascular study. Cardiovascular technologists are responsible for reviewing and recording patient medical histories and other supporting clinical data. They also prepare patients for testing by cleaning and shaving areas of skin and administering anesthesia. Through their testing and sampling, cardiovascular technologists compile a foundation of data that is interpreted by physicians in order to make a correct anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic diagnosis for each patient. During these procedures they also monitor the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate and are trained to react to any emergency situation that should arise. Cardiovascular technologists must be able to use their discretion and judgment in the performance of their diagnostic and therapeutic duties. Individuals interested in this health profession should be able to work well under stress and be able to adapt well to changing situations. They should also enjoy working with high-tech equipment that demands precision handling.

 
Work Environment:

 

The majority of cardiovascular technologist work in hospitals, but other employment opportunities exist in physicians’ offices, educational facilities, medical centers, noninvasive cardiovascular laboratories, electrophysiology laboratories, and mobile diagnostic units. 


High School Preparation:

 

High school students interested in a career as a cardiovascular technologist should take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, health occupations/medical professions education, computer skills, English, algebra, and geometry.


College Requirements:

 

Individuals interested in a career in cardiovascular technology must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Programs vary in length from one to four years depending on previous clinical experience and number of areas of diagnostic evaluation selected: invasive cardiology, noninvasive cardiology, or noninvasive peripheral vascular study.

 

Graduates from an accredited program are eligible to obtain professional certification in cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, and cardiographic techniques from Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Cardiac sonographers and vascular technologists also may obtain certification from the American Registry

of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

 

Students interested in cardiovascular technology should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

 

Employment opportunities for cardiovascular technologists are expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. There will be an expansion of between 20% - 35% in job opportunities over the next ten years. The rapidly aging baby-boom generation will cause most of the growth in this sector because they will need more diagnostic work as they get older. There is also added emphasis on cardiac diagnostic procedures due to the fact that heart related illnesses are responsible for a large number of deaths each year. There will also be job openings due to current cardiovascular professionals retiring or leaving the field for other reasons. 
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$40,500

 

Salary Range

$26,700-$50,800

 

Professional Organizations:

 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970
Chicago, IL

60601-2208
Phone: (312) 553-9355

Fax: (312) 553-9616 

www.caahep.org

 

Society of Vascular Ultrasound

4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 260

Lanham, MD 20706

Phone: (301) 459-7550

Fax: (301) 459-5651

www.svunet.org

 

Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals

4356 Bonney Road, #103
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-1200
Phone: (757) 497-1225

Fax: (757) 497-0010

www.acp-online.org

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