Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians


Training and Education

What’s needed

  • An accredited two-year associate’s degree is generally all the training that is required to obtain most entry-level positions.
  • Four-year bachelor degree programs are also available providing additional work opportunities by through a more comprehensive grounding in both the medical and the technological aspects of this field.

What you study:

Coursework for a specialized biology degree program will typically include the following subjects:

  • Biology and anatomy
  • Mathematics
  • Physiology
  • Basic computer science courses
  • Specialized courses in medical technologies

Internships and summer jobs in the medical field can often provide added insight into the job process and can improve the student’s chance for employment in larger and more prestigious medical settings.

What courses you’ll take

Below are examples of courses that you’ll likely take as a cardiovascular technologist student.

Course Studies Purpose
Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology Structure and function of the heart and vascular system (blood vessels); embryology and development of the cardiovascular system; heart sounds/murmurs; congenital and acquired heart diseases; basics of diagnosis and treatment for heart conditions; relevant terminology and symbols. Give an overview of the cardiovascular system’s layout and of its behavior in healthy and unhealthy states.
Cardiovascular Pharmacology Principles of pharmacology (the science of drugs) in the heart and vascular system; routes for administering drugs to the heart; types of cardiovascular drugs; pharmacodynamics (what various drugs do to the body) and pharmacokinetics (what the body does to each drug). Provide a basic understanding of the ways in which drugs can interact with the cardiovascular system.
Principles of Electrocardiography Differences between invasive and non-invasive cardiology; the heart as an electrical conduction system; use of electrocardiography (EKG) to track heart waves and complexes (beat patterns); basic and advanced arrhythmias (heartbeat problems); ethical and legal considerations in the field. Familiarize students with the aims workings and types of electrocardiographic technology.
Non-Invasive Cardiology Medical instrumentation that doesn’t physically penetrate the body; performance and interpretation of auscultation (listening to heart sounds through the skin) and of Doppler echocardiography (which uses ultrasound to track heart sounds); recording tracking and reporting data gathered with these techniques. Ready students to assist doctors in lab environments involving non-invasive cardiographic techniques.
Invasive Cardiology Theory and application of instruments that penetrate the body; proper sterilization of tools; cardiac catheterization (inserting a flexible tube into a heart or blood vessel); angiography (imaging the heart and/or blood vessels by injecting a chemical agent and taking an X-ray); recording and assessing data gathered via these methods. Get students ready to participate in invasive cardiographic procedures.


Video Overview

An introductory look at the cardiovascular tech occupation. Produced for the US Dept. of Labor.


Certifications and Licensing

Certification is not required for all cardiovascular technologist positions but it offers a definite competitive edge in the employment marketplace. A number of different certifications and credentials are available including the following:

  • Registered Vascular Specialist
  • Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist
  • Registered Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer
  • Certified Cardiographic Technician

These credentials typically require a combination of education and experience and successful completion of a specialty examination. The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiovascular Credentialing International are the two best-known certifying bodies for cardiovascular technologists in the U.S.


Job Flexibility

Full-time versus part-time:

Cardiovascular technologists typically work full time in a clinical or hospital environment. Shift work or overtime hours may be required especially in hospitals and urgent care clinic settings.


Recommended Websites

Cardiovascular technologies are constantly evolving as new advances are made in the field of medical science. Cardiovascular technologists specialize in managing these new diagnostic and treatment tools and putting them to work for patients in the health care setting. Here are some of the most useful online resources for aspiring cardiovascular technologists.

  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook — A comprehensive source for current information on employment trends job responsibilities educational requirements and other aspects of the job market this website should be the first stop for anyone interested in a career as a cardiovascular technologist.
  • Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals — Comprised of members representing the administrative medical and technical elements of cardiovascular treatments and technologies this prestigious organization provides information and access to continuing education opportunities in this field of medicine. ACP also supports credentialing for professionals in the field of cardiovascular technologies and hosts numerous conferences throughout the year for its membership.
  • American College of Cardiology –With over 40000 members the ACC is one of the largest nonprofit medical societies in the U.S. and provides its members with access to information and job search functions. The ACC Political Action Committee serves as an advocate for those employed in the cardiology and cardiovascular medical specialties.
  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International — One of the most accepted and best known credentialing agencies for the cardiovascular technology field CCI offers a number of different certification programs for aspiring cardiovascular technologists. CCI also offers an extensive job search function for those looking for jobs in this fast-paced and exciting medical field.
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound — Supporting the use of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging technologies in the health care industry SVU offers a range of programs designed to help cardiovascular technologists achieve their career goals. One of the most important services provided by SVU is its innovative mentoring program which allows rising starts in the cardiovascular technologies field to learn from the best and brightest in their profession.
  • National Heart Lung and Blood Institute — A division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health the NHLBI compiles and presents ongoing information on advances in cardiovascular treatments and technologies for public use. The website also provides access to clinical practice guidelines and a number of scholarly articles on the subject of cardiovascular treatments and health.


Salaries by City

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State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $85760 $46K – $115K 50 0.03%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $49070 $27K – $71K 280 0.06%
AL Huntsville $49370 $30K – $72K 150 0.07%
AL Mobile $49690 $26K – $63K 90 0.05%
AL Montgomery $51110 $36K – $73K 30 0.02%
AL Tuscaloosa $41500 $21K – $62K 30 0.04%
AR Fort Smith $28500 $21K – $67K 40 0.03%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $56960 $37K – $75K 130 0.04%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $51630 $29K – $88K 690 0.04%
AZ Tucson $64300 $34K – $90K 130 0.04%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $47840 $33K – $90K 60 0.02%
CA Fresno $59900 $36K – $88K 60 0.02%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $54880 $34K – $88K 1120 0.03%
CA Modesto $45020 $33K – $108K N/A N/A
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $60510 $43K – $92K 220 0.02%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $72940 $41K – $109K 70 0.03%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $48900 $28K – $85K 310 0.03%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $56200 $35K – $92K 190 0.02%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $57770 $35K – $92K 290 0.02%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $55780 $36K – $108K 170 0.02%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $53090 $41K – $98K N/A N/A
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $55840 $37K – $91K 300 0.02%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $55530 $33K – $90K 40 0.02%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $60310 $39K – $104K 80 0.05%
CA Stockton $82190 $53K – $96K 30 0.02%
CA Vallejo – Fairfield $57800 $49K – $89K 50 0.04%
CO Boulder $65900 $31K – $90K 50 0.03%
CO Colorado Springs $37660 $27K – $75K 60 0.02%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $64990 $33K – $92K 220 0.02%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $61400 $37K – $93K 60 0.01%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $63360 $36K – $87K 120 0.02%
CT New Haven $62600 $49K – $87K 110 0.04%
CT Norwich – New London $64700 $36K – $96K 60 0.05%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $69560 $36K – $94K 610 0.03%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $49620 $33K – $79K 200 0.06%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $51680 $26K – $79K 290 0.14%
FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $28700 $22K – $59K 130 0.09%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $43770 $25K – $73K 620 0.09%
FL Gainesville $29510 $22K – $61K 190 0.16%
FL Jacksonville $38670 $25K – $70K 620 0.11%
FL Lakeland – Winter Haven $43340 $23K – $68K 120 0.06%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $41050 $25K – $69K 810 0.08%
FL Naples – Marco Island $30780 $22K – $66K 80 0.07%
FL North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota $37500 $25K – $84K 210 0.09%
FL Ocala $48460 $26K – $66K 180 0.20%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $53310 $27K – $73K 540 0.05%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $30470 $23K – $69K 200 0.10%
FL Pensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent $41250 $25K – $72K 200 0.13%
FL Port St. Lucie $36380 $24K – $82K 80 0.07%
FL Punta Gorda $53200 $39K – $69K 40 0.09%
FL Tallahassee $33170 $22K – $65K 150 0.09%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $48390 $25K – $73K 830 0.07%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $50750 $26K – $91K 420 0.08%
GA Athens – Clarke County N/A N/A – N/A 70 0.09%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $55350 $26K – $75K 660 0.03%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $58280 $29K – $75K 160 0.08%
GA Columbus $53270 $29K – $68K 50 0.05%
GA Macon $50070 $32K – $71K 70 0.08%
GA Savannah $53770 $41K – $68K 50 0.03%
HI Honolulu $61120 $36K – $92K 150 0.03%
IA Cedar Rapids $37830 $26K – $68K 50 0.03%
IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $50550 $28K – $71K 80 0.05%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $41800 $28K – $72K 90 0.03%
IA Waterloo – Cedar Falls $46890 $33K – $71K 30 0.04%
ID Boise City – Nampa $57380 $28K – $75K N/A N/A
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $44440 $30K – $84K 1050 0.03%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $60430 $30K – $88K 80 0.02%
IL Peoria $32410 $24K – $65K 150 0.08%
IL Springfield $42960 $27K – $70K 40 0.04%
IN Bloomington $43620 $23K – $63K N/A N/A
IN Elkhart – Goshen $31730 $26K – $67K N/A N/A
IN Evansville $50840 $25K – $62K 90 0.05%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $47510 $32K – $71K 140 0.05%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $54780 $29K – $87K 500 0.06%
KS Topeka $51450 $29K – $74K 70 0.07%
KS Wichita $52580 $29K – $76K 80 0.03%
KY Bowling Green $29190 $25K – $58K 70 0.11%
KY Lexington – Fayette $44440 $26K – $72K 190 0.08%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $45250 $27K – $71K 410 0.07%
LA Alexandria $50460 $28K – $65K 40 0.06%
LA Baton Rouge $29620 $21K – $56K 220 0.06%
LA Houma – Bayou Cane – Thibodaux $45900 $29K – $61K 40 0.04%
LA Lake Charles $38180 $22K – $50K 80 0.09%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $44460 $25K – $67K 210 0.04%
LA Shreveport – Bossier City $39460 $25K – $59K 90 0.05%
MA Barnstable Town $55880 $30K – $86K 70 0.07%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $68310 $38K – $97K 730 0.04%
MA Brockton – Bridgewater – Easton (Metro Area) $84680 $30K – $133K 40 0.04%
MA Lawrence – Methuen – Salem (Metro Area) $67780 $50K – $88K 50 0.09%
MA Worcester $62560 $37K – $98K 60 0.02%
MD Baltimore – Towson Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $62360 $29K – $86K 80 0.01%
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $57590 $33K – $78K 90 0.05%
MI Ann Arbor $52350 $30K – $73K 220 0.11%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $50610 $33K – $71K 510 0.07%
MI Flint $54240 $35K – $71K 90 0.07%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $46200 $38K – $61K 290 0.08%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $53880 $34K – $72K 100 0.07%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $58500 $33K – $73K 60 0.03%
MI Muskegon – Norton Shores $46370 $31K – $70K 50 0.09%
MI Niles – Benton Harbor $48290 $33K – $68K 40 0.07%
MI Saginaw – Saginaw Township North N/A N/A – N/A 70 0.08%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $45660 $31K – $69K 470 0.04%
MN Duluth $59050 $37K – $81K 90 0.07%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $57240 $39K – $76K 510 0.03%
MO Kansas City $51630 $29K – $79K 380 0.04%
MO Springfield $33570 $20K – $60K 130 0.07%
MO St. Louis $37830 $26K – $71K 440 0.03%
MS Gulfport – Biloxi $44580 $26K – $69K 50 0.05%
MS Jackson $48630 $23K – $63K 100 0.04%
MT Billings $51470 $28K – $165K 40 0.05%
MT Missoula $59520 $30K – $87K 30 0.06%
NC Asheville $65690 $41K – $76K 30 0.02%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $57690 $41K – $75K 330 0.04%
NC Greensboro – High Point $61500 $42K – $83K 110 0.03%
NC Raleigh – Cary N/A N/A – N/A 180 0.03%
NC Wilmington $60490 $47K – $74K 30 0.02%
NE Lincoln $60360 $23K – $90K 70 0.04%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $44800 $26K – $76K 290 0.07%
NH Manchester $71400 $46K – $92K 50 0.05%
NJ Atlantic City – Hammonton $65500 $45K – $88K 60 0.04%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $68160 $54K – $87K 80 0.02%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $68320 $48K – $90K 170 0.02%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $64460 $51K – $86K 250 0.03%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $65050 $50K – $83K 70 0.03%
NM Albuquerque $51080 $34K – $76K 110 0.03%
NM Las Cruces $74140 $57K – $90K 50 0.07%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $56360 $29K – $90K 300 0.04%
NV Reno – Sparks $66690 $30K – $94K 60 0.03%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $49320 $30K – $74K 150 0.04%
NY Binghamton $51680 $35K – $81K 60 0.05%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $46640 $32K – $82K 130 0.02%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $54980 $36K – $89K 630 0.05%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $54570 $36K – $79K 1290 0.03%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $57020 $36K – $76K 100 0.04%
NY Rochester $53180 $33K – $71K 210 0.04%
NY Syracuse $45370 $38K – $72K N/A N/A
NY Utica – Rome $63990 $30K – $83K N/A N/A
OH Akron $44800 $29K – $66K 100 0.03%
OH Canton – Massillon $50120 $27K – $67K 30 0.02%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $47680 $29K – $73K 360 0.04%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $51810 $31K – $72K 570 0.06%
OH Columbus $51550 $31K – $73K 170 0.02%
OH Dayton $52560 $28K – $71K 160 0.04%
OH Lima $61370 $32K – $75K 50 0.11%
OH Toledo $52360 $33K – $72K 160 0.06%
OH Youngstown – Warren – Boardman $52970 $33K – $73K 70 0.03%
OK Oklahoma City $35390 $23K – $70K 290 0.05%
OK Tulsa $40150 $22K – $68K 230 0.05%
OR Medford $74750 $49K – $92K 70 0.09%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $65090 $36K – $91K 310 0.03%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $62370 $38K – $88K 260 0.08%
PA Altoona $48450 $35K – $65K 50 0.08%
PA Erie $36860 $22K – $72K N/A N/A
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $55820 $35K – $75K 150 0.05%
PA Lancaster $56570 $34K – $76K 110 0.05%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $55750 $34K – $81K 820 0.05%
PA Pittsburgh $46410 $30K – $80K 520 0.05%
PA Reading $69760 $42K – $101K 110 0.07%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $47300 $35K – $68K 130 0.05%
PA York – Hanover $45600 $33K – $71K 100 0.05%
PR Ponce $29360 $17K – $38K N/A N/A
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $24300 $17K – $36K 270 0.04%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $62590 $33K – $93K 170 0.03%
SC Anderson $38240 $27K – $63K 90 0.15%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $52680 $33K – $72K 170 0.06%
SC Florence $52410 $21K – $102K 50 0.06%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley $37220 $22K – $74K N/A N/A
SC Spartanburg $37650 $23K – $69K 160 0.13%
SD Sioux Falls $46850 $27K – $72K 90 0.06%
TN Chattanooga $54290 $26K – $73K 220 0.10%
TN Jackson $45590 $22K – $69K 100 0.16%
TN Kingsport – Bristol – Bristol $55600 $33K – $76K 60 0.05%
TN Knoxville $37230 $25K – $61K 150 0.05%
TN Memphis $39710 $26K – $69K 240 0.04%
TX Abilene $35620 $24K – $69K 40 0.07%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $59900 $40K – $75K 200 0.02%
TX Beaumont – Port Arthur $55230 $26K – $74K 40 0.02%
TX Corpus Christi $53180 $23K – $77K 150 0.08%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $47170 $28K – $76K 790 0.04%
TX El Paso $45610 $24K – $73K 70 0.03%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $59360 $32K – $87K 280 0.03%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $45370 $27K – $76K 670 0.03%
TX Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood $36820 $21K – $73K 160 0.13%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $46490 $32K – $73K 80 0.03%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $55710 $29K – $79K 350 0.04%
TX Tyler $52540 $23K – $69K 70 0.08%
TX Victoria $36300 $22K – $75K 30 0.06%
UT Ogden – Clearfield $60210 $28K – $73K N/A N/A
UT Provo – Orem $66600 $35K – $86K 110 0.06%
UT Salt Lake City $54210 $26K – $88K 210 0.03%
VA Charlottesville $45900 $34K – $74K 40 0.04%
VA Richmond $55560 $26K – $79K 330 0.06%
VA Roanoke $60260 $30K – $78K 70 0.05%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $52610 $28K – $72K 490 0.07%
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $67320 $42K – $93K 580 0.04%
WA Spokane $71370 $38K – $90K 150 0.08%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $77500 $35K – $94K N/A N/A
WA Yakima $66800 $43K – $84K 60 0.07%
WI Appleton $61340 $39K – $87K 60 0.05%
WI Green Bay $61120 $43K – $85K 30 0.02%
WI Janesville $60450 $36K – $82K 50 0.08%
WI La Crosse $62270 $33K – $80K N/A N/A
WI Madison $62950 $31K – $85K 50 0.01%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $60760 $34K – $87K 540 0.07%
WI Oshkosh – Neenah $69500 $34K – $92K N/A N/A
WI Racine $50570 $28K – $85K N/A N/A
WV Charleston N/A N/A – N/A 100 0.07%
WV Huntington – Ashland $49550 $28K – $73K 130 0.12%
WV Parkersburg – Marietta – Vienna $44080 $18K – $69K N/A N/A
WV Wheeling $46890 $37K – $69K 50 0.08%

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