No surgeon working to investigate potential vascular defects or perform heart surgery can work alone. The Cardiovascular Technologist is an integral part of the support team in both invasive and non-invasive techniques used to diagnose and treat ailments of the heart and blood vessels. Working with advanced technology in precise and delicate procedures, Cardiovascular Technologists prepare patients for invasive procedures like open-heart surgery, pacemaker implantation and tests like heart catherterization. In addition, they work to monitor patients’ blood pressure and heart rate during the procedure. The Cardiovascular Tech may also monitor the heart’s condition during noninvasive stress tests. Because Cardiovascular Technologists work with patients whose hearts problems may be life threatening, care and compassion are as important as accuracy and ability.
Cardiovascular technologists usually complete a 2-year training program. One year is dedicated to core courses, followed by a year of specialized instruction in invasive, noninvasive or noninvasive peripheral cardiology. Professionals already trained in a health career only require the year of specialized instruction. Occasionally, these professionals can be trained on the job if they have other health care-related experience.
Graduates from accredited programs can become certified through registry exams with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
- DCH School of Radiologic Technology
- Gadsden State Community College
- Jefferson State Community College
- Southern Union State Community College
- University of Alabama at Birmingham – Department of Diagnostic & Therapeutic Sciences
- University of South Alabama – College of Allied Health Professions
- Wallace State Community College
- Wallace State Community College – Hanceville