Cardiovascular Technologist - How to Become a Cardiovascular Technologist

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Cardiovascular Technologist Job Description

 

Cardiovascular technologists work in conjunction with physicians to diagnose and treat cardiac and peripheral vascular diseases, or those of that heart and blood vessels, respectively.

There are three areas of practice in which cardiovascular technologists may choose to specialize:

Echocardiography

This specialty includes technologists that administer echocardiograms (EKGs) and sonograms of the heart. Echocardiography also includes those that perform Holter monitor procedures as well as stress testing.

Invasive Cardiology

This specialty focuses on invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization, in which a small tube is threaded through a groin artery to the heart. This procedures is necessary to determine whether or not there's a blockage in the vessels that supply the heart.

Vascular Technology

Vascular technologists and sonographers assist physicians with diagnosing disorders that affect circulation. They update and evaluate the patient's history, check their pulses, evaluate blood flow and pressure, and schedule proper testing. Most tests are performed immediately before or after the patient enters surgery.

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Responsibilities

 

They're also responsible for setting appointments, performing ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures, reviewing physician comments and interpretations regarding patients, and monitoring heart rates. As stated above, each specialty has its own set of responsibilities, including checking basic patient histories to implementing cardiac catheters.

Cardiovascular technologists also support physicians in diagnosing cardiac ailments and implements electrocardiograms (EKGs), attaching electrodes to patients and getting a reading. They collect ultrasound readings and perform more general tasks like keeping records, communicating effectively, maintaining cardiac equipment, and implementing tests.

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Skills

 

Beyond a strong inclination toward science and the technical, it's important to have a well-rounded skill set when choosing this career path. Active listening, critical thinking, and patience will go a long way as cardiovascular technologists are faced with many unforeseen problems in their work.

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Cardiovascular technologists usually work a standard five-day, 40-hour week. Most spend their time in a dimly lit room working with diagnostic imaging machinery and taking tests by patient besides.Some weekend duty may be required.

If employed in a catheterization lab, longer work hours may be needed as well as some evening assignments. There may be an assigned rotation for on-call duties during the night, on holidays and weekends.


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How to Become a Cardiovascular Technologist:

 

1. Complete a Training Program (2 - 4 Years)

 

While few are trained on the job today, most get their training via 2 - 4 year programs at local junior or community colleges, technical schools, or vocational schools with one year dedicated to core classes and the other to one of the aforementioned cardiovascular technologist specialties.

Upon completion of specialty instruction, cardiovascular technologists become credentialed in the selected specialty.

Only one year of specialized instruction is needed for qualified personnel from a related allied health field, such as nursing, to obtain certification as a cardiovascular technologist.

 

2. Earn a Certification

 

After completing your education program, cardiovascular technologists should seek to obtain a certification through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT), or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

CCI includes certifications for non-invasive vascular registry, non-invasive echo registry, registered cardiac sonographer (RCS), and registeredc vascular sonographer (RVS).

Either six months of prior experience in performing EKGs or gruadation from an approved program is necessary in order to apply for an EKG technician certification through ASPT.

In order to complete a certification through ARDMS, certain exam prerequisites must be met. Candidates must take two exams and a third specialty exam in order to earn a certification.

ARDMS offers the most diverse array of certifications to applicants, including registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) certifications in fetal echocardiology, neurosonology, obstetrics, gynecology, breast, and abdomen.

Registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer (RDCS) credentials focus on fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, or adult echocardiography. Registered vascular technologists may also earn an RVT certification.

Training programs should be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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Salary Outlook

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