Cardiovascular Technology

Students who complete the non-invasive Cardiovascular Technology-Adult Echocardiography (CVT) program of study will be prepared to enter the healthcare field in echocardiography labs as adult echocardiographers. Echocardiography is a rapidly advancing specialty area of cardiac imaging that uses ultrasound technology to evaluate the heart. With this technology, an echocardiographer uses sound waves created by the machine to acquire images of the cardiac chambers, walls, valves and blood flow.

The adult echocardiographer is a skilled person qualified by academic and clinical preparation to have:

A detailed working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the heart

The ability to optimize images

A thorough understanding of cardiac pathology and its effects on the heart

The ability to comprehend the echocardiography appearance of normal and abnormal cardiac conditions

Echocardiographers generally work closely with cardiologists, who use the images to diagnose cardiac diseases.

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Cardiovascular Technology will prepare to sit for the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) exam through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) exam through American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

The CVT program is housed at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith

12211 Ward Drive, Bldg. 139
Fort Smith, AR 72916

The Cardiovascular Technology-Adult Echocardiography program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL, 33756; telephone: (727) 210-2350; website:http://caahep.org.

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Kristen Wendling
Program Chair
kwendling@atu.edu(479) 209-6130

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Candace Harkreader
Clinical Instructor
charkreader@atu.edu(479) 970-0421