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Cardiology Technologist

A Cardiology Technologist is one of several specialized medical assistance professions in the field of Cardiology.  They assist physicians with invasive procedures that include cardiac catheterization procedures in which a small tube, or catheter, is threaded through a patient’s artery from a spot on the patient’s groin to the heart.  This catheter is used for Angiograms and Angioplasties.

Generally, Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments.   Other areas of specialization include  Echocardiography, and Vascular Technology. Cardiovascular Technicians who specialize in Electrocardiograms (EKGs) and Stress Testing, known as Cardiographic Technicians, or EKG Technicians.  Vascular Technicians perform ultrasound examinations, maintains test data and performs a preliminary analysis.

Most Cardiovascular Technologists receive training in 2- to 4-year programs. The majority of technologists complete a 2-year junior or community college program.  Most of these positions require state certification or certification by a national professional organization.

Some Degrees and Certifications for Cardiology Technicians Include:

Associates Degree in Health Science
Associates Degree in Cardiovascular Technologies
Certification in Invasive Cardiology Technology

Median Salaries in the Cardiology Technician Field

 

Cardiology Technologist        

$61,170

Echocardiograph Technician

$65,683

Vascular Technician

$62,320

EKG Technician        

$34,576

Cardiac Monitor Technician

$31,904

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