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Cardiovascular Technologist Program

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Our online and practical application classes (hybrid training) provide thorough, comprehensive education and a working knowledge of required skills and competencies. Develop confidence in small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, and competent, experienced faculty. Find out why medical employers depend on Carnegie graduates.

Cardiovascular Technologist students are trained in performing non-invasive diagnostic cardiac ultrasound (Echos), which provides digital and video image acquisition of normal and abnormal anatomic and functional data.

Training in cardiovascular diagnostics emphasizes:

  • Basic and Advanced electrocardiology (EKG)
  • Electrocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Doppler

Ample Color flow and harmonics ultrasound equipment is provided on campus for extensive echocardiography hands-on practice.


Class Size

Class size is limited to ensure close supervision during classroom training and practical application of the various procedures.


The Core Curriculum includes the following:

  • Anatomy & Physiology/Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic Communications/HIPAA
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Vital signs
  • CPR
  • IV Administration
  • Ultrasound Physics
  • Principles in medical electronics and instrumentation


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The student will develop skills in the following:

  • ECG (EKG)
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Exercise Stress Testing
  • Telemetry
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Doppler


Clinical & Externship Rotation

The clinical/externship rotation experience is integral to the Carnegie CVT training program. Eligible students are assigned to the school-approved clinical sites by the Program Director. Students will maintain this rotation until all required hours have been completed within the allotted time frame. The school clinical site coordinator visits hospitals to assess the student’s satisfactory progress.

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.


Career Placement

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 widespread demand for competent, credentialed cardiovascular technologists.


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Publication of Outcome Results

According to CAAHEP, and JRC-CVT Standards, schools must publish outcome results for the following programs: Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist, and Cardiovascular Technologist based on the 2020 Annual Reports Management System.

The published results are consistent with our 2022 JRC-CVT Annual Report. This is a three (3) year average for the CVT Program outcomes in the national credentialing pass rate, retention, and positive placement for 2021, 2020, and 2019.

Average Rate of Graduates who took and successfully pass the RDCS national credentialing through
ARDMS or RCS through CCI: 100%.
Average Retention Rate: 96%
Average Positive Placement Rate: 89.58%

Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $52.79
APRN World Cardiac Pharmacology, 2nd Edition Nair 978-194-100-4128 $74.95
Elsevier Anatomy & Physiology, 9th Edition Patton/Thibodeau 978-0-3232-9883-4 $199.00
Elsevier Textbook for Clinical Echocardiography Otto 978-1-4557-2857-2 $169.99
E.S.P. Publishing Ultrasound Physics Edelman 0-9626444-5-5 $119.00
Arizona Heart Institute Echocardiographer's Pocket Reference Reynolds 978-0-6157-6835-9 $149.95
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