Cardiovascular Tech Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Cardiovascular techs are responsible for medical administrative tasks as well as helping a physician with vascular and cardiac diagnoses. Training programs for prospective cardiovascular techs include an associate's degree, which is most commonly chosen, and a bachelor's degree in cardiovascular technology.

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How to Choose a Cardiovascular Tech School or College

Many prospective students who wish to pursue a career in cardiovascular technology choose to complete an associate's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). An advantage to an associate's degree is that is takes less time to complete and is much less expensive than a bachelor's degree program. In contrast, a bachelor's degree program can take up to four years to complete.

Bachelor's degree programs in cardiovascular technology are primarily designed for students who want to specialize in a subfield such as vascular technology, noninvasive technology or invasive cardiology. Prospective students who want to specialize may find that a bachelor's degree provides appropriate training.

General education courses are required for both programs. Some science courses common to associate's and bachelor's programs include cell biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology and genetics. Core classes may include echocardiography survey, cardiovascular physiology, peripheral venous disease, vascular disease and pathophysiology.

Prospective students can look for programs that offer clinical experiences or an internship to gain practical experience as a cardiovascular tech and to pave the way for future employment. An internship is commonly offered for both programs and is completed at a hospital or clinic associated with a community college or university. Many prospective employers prefer applicants who have completed an internship or have substantial clinical experience.

Largest Schools and Colleges by Student Population

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Houston Community College 48,169 2-year, Public
Valencia Community College 35,460 2-year, Public
University of South Carolina-Columbia 27,488 4-year, Public
Orange Coast College 24,742 2-year, Public
University of Toledo 22,336 4-year, Public
Milwaukee Area Technical College 18,780 2-year, Public
Central Piedmont Community College 18,608 2-year, Public
Tulsa Community College 18,325 2-year, Public
Grossmont College 16,082 2-year, Public
Harper College 15,250 2-year, Public
Santa Fe College 14,796 4-year, Public
Edison State College 13,007 4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Hudson Valley Community College 12,674 2-year, Public
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg 9,699 2-year, Public
Bunker Hill Community College 9,497 2-year, Public
Polk State College 8,516 2-year, Public
El Centro College 8,114 2-year, Public
Howard Community College 7,905 2-year, Public
Forsyth Technical Community College 7,881 2-year, Public
Delaware Technical and Community College-Stanton-Wilmington 7,303 2-year, Public
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