Cardiovascular Technologist

Cardiovascular Technologist students are trained in the performance of non-invasive diagnostic cardiac ultrasound, which provides digital and video image acquisition of normal and abnormal anatomic data.

Training in cardiovascular diagnostics emphasizes basic and advanced electrocardiology, electrocardiography, echocardiography, and cardiac Doppler. Color flow and harmonics ultrasound equipment is provided for extensive echocardiography hands-on practice. Class size is limited to assure close supervision during classroom training and practical application of the various procedures.

The core curriculum includes the study of human anatomy and physiology, cardiac pharmacology, vital signs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, IV administration, ultrasound physics, and principles in medical electronics and instrumentation. This provides an understanding of diagnostic procedures in ECG, Holter Monitoring, Exercise Stress Testing, Telemetry, Echocardiography and Cardiac Doppler, enabling students to demonstrate accurate performance of these examinations.

The clinical/externship rotation is an integral part of the training program. Eligible students are assigned to school-approved clinical site by the Program Director. Students will maintain this rotation until all required hours have been successfully completed within the allotted time frame. Site visits to hospitals are conducted on a regular basis by school clinical site coordinator to assess the satisfactory progress of the student.

Due to the technical nature of this program, a minimum of an associate degree is required. In addition, students must have prior allied health training, recent clinical work experience and college credits in anatomy & physiology, math and science.

The knowledge and skills acquired in this program prepare students for responsible career entry positions with advancement opportunities in hospitals, specialty clinics, doctors’ offices and non-invasive cardiovascular laboratories. There is a wide-spread demand for competent, credentialed cardiovascular technologists.

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Publication of Outcome Results

In accordance with CAAHEP, JRC-CVT Standards, schools are required to publish outcome results for the following programs: Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist, and Cardiovascular Technologist.

This is a 3 year average for outcomes in the national credentialing pass rate, retention, and positive placement for 2014, 2013, and 2012. Published results are consistent with and verified by the Annual Report of each program.

Average Rate of Graduates who successfully pass the RDCS national credentialing through
ARDMS or RCS through CCI: 100%.
Average Retention Rate: 89.83%
Average Positive Placement Rate: 77.36%

Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $50.55
Elsevier Drugs for the Heart Opie 978-1-4557-3322-4 $77.95
Pearson Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Martini 978-1-2690-5774-5 $123.50
Elsevier Textbook for Clinical Echocardiography Otto 978-1-4557-2857-2 $182.00
E.S.P. Publishing Ultrasound Physics Edelman 0-9626444-5-5 $112.00
Arizona Heart Institute Echocardiographer's Pocket Reference Reynolds 978-0-6157-6835-9 $86.00