Program Code: 3309
Director Sharon Whitcraft
Faculty J. Cannaday, M. Chesser, E. Hushelpeck, L. Decubellis
Cardiovascular Technology is a medical specialty dealing with the clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from some of the most serious health problems in the United States today-stroke, heart, and vascular disease.
The Cardiovascular Technology Program is five semesters of classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. The final two semesters are spent in clinical specialization rotations in cardiovascular laboratories. Students who complete the program are awarded an Associate in Science degree in Cardiovascular Technology. Excellent career opportunities await graduates.
The Cardiovascular Technology Program is one of the oldest and most established programs of its type in the United States. It is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology and the Florida Department of Health. Program instruction is consistent with curriculum frameworks as administered by the Florida Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations.
The Cardiovascular Technology Program consists of three specialty areas:
Working in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, the technologist works alongside the physician performing invasive diagnostic exams. Additionally the technologists assist the physician with interventional procedures, such as angioplasty, stent deployment, pacemaker implantation and other advanced procedures designed to alleviate cardiac anomalies.
In the non-invasive cardiology laboratory, the technologist works independently to use ultrasound technology to create diagnostic images of the heart. The cardiac ultrasound or echocardiogram can identify anatomical structures, both normal and abnormal, and display cardiac function. Associated tests include exercise stress testing, 3D echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography.
Peripheral Vascular Studies
The technologist performs diagnostic studies using ultrasound imaging, Doppler sonography, spectral analysis and a variety of physiologic testing procedures to image and evaluate blood flow in the veins and arteries throughout the body. These diagnostic modalities are particularly useful in evaluating patients who are at risk for strokes and peripheral vascular diseases.