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Cardiovascular Technology

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  1. Program Overview
  2. Program Learning Outcomes
  3. Program Admission Requirements
  4. Program Curriculum
  5. High School Course Recommendations
  6. Continuing Your Education

Program Overview

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Preventing the disease, diagnosing and treating it are all part of the duties and goals of the professional medical team that includes the cardiovascular technician.

This associate of science degree program prepares graduates to work side by side with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in cardiac catheterization laboratories, operating rooms, non-invasive laboratories, and echocardiography departments.

Students receive training in cardiovascular physiology, medical electronics and instrumentation, and applied cardiovascular techniques. The student is exposed to the many areas of non-invasive cardiology such as echocardiography, including 2D Echo, Doppler, and color flow Doppler, stress testing, Holter monitoring, and computerized electrocardiography.

Students study in SMCC’s modern laboratories and classrooms in addition to spending more than 1,140 hours in various clinical rotations in area hospitals.

Career opportunities for graduates are numerous, as advancements in medical knowledge and technology increase. The increasing number of cardiovascular procedures and interventional techniques such as angioplasty, stent placement, pacemaker implants, and ablations along with a variety of echo techniques, have increased the demand for qualified cardiovascular technologists to practice.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate attitudes and behaviors, in the clinical setting, consistent with a technologist level Cardiovascular Care Practitioner.

  • Demonstrate, perform, and interpret, in the clinical setting, twelve lead ECG's and echocardiograms.

  • Interpret and calculate hemodynamic parameters in the clinical setting.

  • Set up, operate, and perform various blood analysis utilized during open heart surgery.

  • Assist the cardiologist with invasive and therapeutic procedures utilizing aseptic technique.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Accuplacer placement test scores OR exemption (you must place into ENG 111 and MAT 108)
  • HS biology with lab and HS chemistry with lab OR one semester of either College Biology with lab or College Chemistry with lab.
  • PSB Allied Health Entrance Exam with a score of 50%+ in Total Academic AptitudeOR Exemption from Accuplacer OR placement (through Accuplacer) into ENG 111 and MAT 108.
  • PSB with a score of 50%+ in Natural Science OR College Biology with lab (within last 10 years) OR College Chemistry with lab (within last 10 years).

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High School Course Recommendations

Highly Recommended Courses

Algebra I
College Prep Biology

Recommended Courses

College Prep Chemistry
College Prep Physics

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Continuing Your Education

Graduates of SMCC’s Cardiovascular Technology program accepted at the University of Southern Maine may transfer a full two-years of credit towards a Baccalaureate Degree in Health Sciences.

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