Students who complete the non-invasive Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) program of study will be prepared to enter the healthcare field in echocardiography labs as cardiovascular technicians. The cardiovascular technician assists and performs examinations specifically concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease. The cardiovascular technician, working under the direction of a physician, is trained in the performance of and is proficient in the use of non-invasive cardiac ultrasound. Students will also prepare, calibrate and operate non-invasive analytical technologies, creating an easily definable foundation of data to establish a correct anatomic and physiologic heart diagnosis.
Cardiovascular technology is a rapidly advancing specialty area due to continued technological advances particularly intracardiac ultrasonic imagery. The various types of ultrasound equipment require a highly skilled operator to obtain imaging information or other required data. The cardiovascular technician must obtain appropriate clinical history, cardiac related information and laboratory data to better adapt the imaging techniques to obtain the most comprehensive and diagnostic information.
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science in Cardiovascular Technology will prepare to sit for the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) exam. Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will seek accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology (JRCCVT).