dcsimg
Explore Degrees
X

Cardiovascular Technologist Job Description

Cardiovascular Technologist Job Duties

A Cardiovascular Technologist uses high-frequency sound waves to produce diagnostic images for medical purposes. They are skilled technicians that specialize in heart function and anatomy. They image the heart in different views to detect abnormalities. They look at the four chambers of the heart, valves, arteries, and veins in the heart to assess for cardiac problems. Some indications for a cardiac ultrasound or echocardiogram could be chest pain, palpitations, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or a very common indication is family history of heart disease. Many people are screened with an echocardiogram if they have a family member who has had previous heart disease at a young age.

Cardiac Sonographers have to have good communication skills with the patient in order to inform them of the procedure they are having and to answer any questions the patient might have. The Sonographer also must communicate with the Cardiologist to explain their findings and to give suggestions of the possible diagnosis. Cardiologists strongly rely on a Sonographers opinion when it comes to dictating the report and concluding a final diagnosis for the patient. 

 

Difference between Cardiovascular Tech and Ultrasound Tech?

Cardiovascular Technologists or Echocardiographers have a very similar career as a general Ultrasound Technician (Sonographer). The main differences between the two modalities are the structures in the human body they are assessing and a Cardiac Sonographer generally reports their cases to a cardiologist rather than a radiologist. The typical Cardiac Sonographer works 40 hours a week in a hospital setting. However, just like the other modalities in Sonography they have the opportunity to work in a physician’s office if that fits their lifestyle more.  Echocardiologist need to be physically fit as most of the day is spent standing and walking. They are highly trained professionals that work with expensive equipment daily to help diagnose cardiac disease.

 

Sample Job Description for Cardiovascular Technologist:

  • Prepare patients for catheterization, positioning them properly on examination tables, shaving, cleaning, and sometimes administering anesthetics.
  • Assist physician in determining where blockages may exist in the vessels that pump directly into and out of the heart.
  • Assist with balloon angioplasty procedures to open up blocked blood vessels or heart valves
  • Work with physician during electrophysiology tests, which locate abnormal electrical impulses in the heart tissue
  • Perform echocardiography testing
  • Monitor patient heart rates and record information.
  • Review physician interpretations and patient files
  • Operate testing equipment while explaining procedures to patients.

 

Find Cardiovascular Technologist Schools

 

Cardiovascular Technologist Specializations

The following is a list of specializations within the field of cardiovascular technology. A cardiovascular tech may be trained and educated on multiples functions and procedures and this will help to make that individual a more desirable job candidate with higher earning potential. Read the descriptions below to familiarize yourself with these functions and roles

Invasive vs. Non-Invasive Procedures?

In general, an invasive procedure is one in which there is more than simply imaging being performed. Invasive procedures involve probing or inserting devices and substances into the body in order to perform imaging and treatment procedures such as cardiac catheterization or balloon angioplasty.

EKG Technicians - Cardiographic Technicians

EKG technicians perform tests using electrocardiography (also known as EKG's) for stress testing. They also perform holter monitor procedures tracing electrical impulses from the heart. This involves attaching electrodes the the patient and gathering accurate readings from the equipment. Once the procedure is done, it is forwarded to the physician for analysis. Learn more about EKG technician training.

Catheterization

Cardiology technologists perform invasive procedures, assisting physicians with cardiac catheterization. Catherization involves threading a small tube, known as a catheter, through an artery. In the case of cardiology tech's, it is commonly inserted through a spot on the patients groin, which leads up to the heart. The goal of the procedure is to determine if there are any blockages or irregularities in flow. If blockages are located, another procedure known as angioplasty may be performed. The cardiology technologist assists the physician as a catheter with a balloon is inserted into the artery and then used to expand the blocked area.

Echocardiographers - Also known as Cardiac Sonographers

Echocardiographers perform non-invasive procedures with the help of ultrasound technology to examine heart functioning. They can examine the heart chambers, vessels, and valve function. The images they capture are referred to as echocardiograms and are used to determine if the valves of the heart are opening and closing properly and other metrics such as the velocity of flow in and out of the heart chambers.

Vascular Technologists

Vascular tech's assist physicians with examining problems related to vascular circulation in the body. They perform tasks involving evaluating pulses and blood flow within the arteries and veins. They use special equipment to listen to the flow and seek out abnormalities in these sounds. They also use ultrasound technology to record information such as blood flow, pressure, oxygen content, outer circulation in the periphery of the body, circulation in the brain, and more.

 

Radiology Programs:

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Results:  18
Matching School Ads
Cardiovascular Technology
Fortis Institute , Nashville

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technology
  • A leader in promoting career-focused education since 1959.
  • Its core programs include massage therapy, dental assistant training, health claims specialist, and medical assistant programs.
  • Provides students with one-on-one education support.
  • Requires students to complete an externship where they gain real-world skills and experience.
  • Makes refresher sessions available in courses students have previously taken, at no additional cost.
  • Offers career consultations to graduates.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (General Concentration)
Advance your career with American Institute - Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Our program can be completed in as little as 16 months. We offer program specializations in general or cardiac sonography, both of which include vascular ultrasound training.
  • Accredited
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technology

Medical Career Institute in Ocean, NJ is your one-stop-shop for medical career training in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Medical Career Institute is approved by the United States Department of Education and the New Jersey Departments of Education and Labor and Workforce Development. Offering both morning and evening classes in addition to financial aid assistance to those who qualify. The school is accredited by ABHES and CAAHEP, ensuring the quality and level of education meets the highest standards.

 

Certificate , Surgical Processing Tech
Berkeley College , Little Falls
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2018 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • Provides faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
  • Over $45 million in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2017-2018 award year.
  • 7,000+ students, including more than 350 international students representing over 50 countries
  • 3,000+ students took at least one online class in fall 2017
  • Berkeley College named a "Best of the Best" by U.S. Veterans Magazine; 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Berkeley College ranked first in its category in Overall Mobility Index, 2017 – The New York Times
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, 2014-2018 – U.S. News & World Report
  • USDLA/Quality Standards Certification, 2013-2017 – United States Distance Learning Association
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
A.S. - Surgical Technician
  • Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enables graduates to use their skills for entry-level careers.
  • Our dedicated staff will help you acquire the necessary tools needed to achieve your goals. 
  • At Southern Technical College, we provide academic support, financial aid assistance, graduate placement assistance and more. 
  • With seven campuses located throughout Central and Southwest Florida, your journey towards a new career starts here.
  • If you’re considering colleges in Florida, come find out why you belong at Southern Technical College.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technologist

• Originally founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy, it is one of the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institutions in the country.
• Features a public massage clinic where students can get real-world experience.
• Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
• Programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Central Service Instrument Technician
  • Features career programs in surgical technology, professional fitness trainer, vocational nursing, and an associate of science program in health administration.
  • Offers career assistance and advising services to students and graduates.
  • Campus is close to many attractions in Glendale, California, including the Los Angeles Zoo, Universal Studios, Alex Theater, and downtown Los Angeles.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Part of the Success Education Colleges (SEC) group of schools.
     
Show more [+]
Surgical Technology, AAS

Sullivan University is Kentucky's largest private college or university, offering higher education for people with higher goals. At Sullivan University, we focus on in-demand programs that lead to successful careers. Whether you're a high school student considering college for the first time, an adult returning to school or someone seeking professional development, you'll be surprised at the variety and range of alternatives Sullivan University offers. 

  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technology
  • Offers career-focused programs in allied health, business, and computer technology, and more.
  • On-the-job training available through externships, internships, and clinical placements.
  • Graduates in good standing can take refresher sessions in courses at no additional cost.
  • Day and evening class options are available for flexible scheduling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technology
  • Offers programs in healthcare and wellness.
  • Their fully-accredited campuses offer day, evening, and online classes. 
  • Gives graduates access to career tools and networking resources. 
Show more [+]
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Associate of Occupational Science in Surgical Technology
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
  • Gives students the chance to participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
  • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Diploma - Surgical Technology

Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security. We understand that today's student is busy with many responsibilities, so we offer day, evening, and online classes, giving you options to fit school into your schedule.

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technology
  • Offers program in business, criminal justice, healthcare and more. 
  • Their fully-accredited campuses offer day,evening, and online classes. 
  • Gives graduates access to career tools and networking resources.
Show more [+]
Patient Care Technician
Quest College , San Antonio

Quest College is dedicated to providing career-focused, accessible education and helping individuals get the training, experience and support for the Allied Health and business industries.

Limited Medical Radiologic Tech-Cert
  • Students participate in an externship program with partnered organizations, where they can get real-world experience.
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and offers a 20% military discount for students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • 6 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, with online programs available in Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Surgical Technology - Associate in Specialized Technology
  • Committed to excellence in education since 1897 with a rich history of helping students find successful careers.
  • Offers programs in healthcare, business, criminal justice, and more.
  • Its fully-accredited campuses offer day, evening, and online classes.
  • Gives graduates access to career tools and networking resources.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits