Cardiovascular Technologist

Cardiovascular Technologist students are trained in the performance of 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 assure close supervision during classroom training and practical application of the various procedures.

Core Curriculum includes:

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

Student will develop skills in:

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

Clinical & Externship Rotation

The clinical/externship rotation experience is an integral part of the Carnegie CVT 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 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.

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 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 based on the 2020 Annual Reports Management System.

This is a 3 year average for the CVT Program outcomes in the national credentialing pass rate, retention, and positive placement for 2019, 2018, and 2017. Published results are consistent with and verified by the Annual Report of each program.

Average Rate of Graduates who took and successfully pass the RDCS national credentialing through
ARDMS or RCS through CCI: 100%.
Average Retention Rate: 92.98%
Average Positive Placement Rate: 81.13%

Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $52.79
Elsevier Drugs for the Heart Opie 978-1-4557-3322-4 $74.95
Elsevier Anatomy & Physiology, 9th Edition Patton/Thibodeau 978-0-3232-9883-4 $149.25
Elsevier Textbook for Clinical Echocardiography Otto 978-1-4557-2857-2 $127.50
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