Cardiovascular Technologist Schools
Approximately 83.6 million American have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. That's more than one in three Americans. In addition, heart disease has surpassed cancer, stroke and chronic respiratory disease as the number one cause of death in America for both men and women. Because of this, more and more cardiovascular technologists are needed around the country to work with doctors and other health care professionals to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiovascular technologist training courses are generally two year programs, leading to an Associates degree, although there are a few four-year Bachelors degree programs. Such courses of study include coursework in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, physiology and some medical and clinic procedures. Upon graduation, some states, but not all, require that students pass a licensing exam in order to work as a cardiovascular technologist.
An Associate or Bachelor degree in cardiovascular technology will qualify a person to work in a doctor's office, diagnostic lab, clinic or hospital, working with cardiac patients. Such persons assist with administering tests, such as electrocardiogram, lung capacity and cardiac catheterizations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this is a fast-growing field. They estimate a 39% increase in the number of positions for cardiovascular technologists.