Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician at a Glance

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Average Salary for Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician

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Best States for Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Mississippi 28,200 $57,740 $28
Rhode Island 11,840 $73,070 $35
South Dakota 11,030 $52,800 $25

Becoming a Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician

Most cardiovascular technologists hold a two-year associate's degree and certification in their clinical field. The BLS reports that most insurance providers, including Medicare, will cover certain procedures only if a certified technologist or technician did the work. Community colleges offer two-year degree programs as well as one-year certificate programs for qualified students. Technologists and technicians will receive some on-the-job training.

Some schools will allow associate degree program graduates to transfer their credits into a bachelor's degree program. Successful completion of most associate degree programs in cardiovascular technology will qualify students for a certification exam in their clinical field. Students should consult with a school advisor to determine the best path of education to realize their career goals. Some typical classes in an associate in cardiovascular technology degree program may include:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Invasive and Noninvasive Cardiology
  • Echocardiography Protocols and Techniques
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Because of the nature of the work, there are no online cardiovascular degree programs. Most programs will include a clinical requirement where students work in the field under the supervision of an experienced technologist. Technologists and technicians, such as electrocardiogram (EKG) technicians, may need some on-the-job training, depending on the level of education and type of certification they bring to the job.