As the only two-year program of its kind in South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College’s Cardiovascular Technology program offers a comprehensive study of both invasive and noninvasive cardiovascular technology.
Students at Piedmont Technical College get instruction in a wide variety of protocols and standards by rotating through a variety of hospitals and health care settings. They learn from cardiologists in the classroom and work side by side with physicians and cardiologists during their training to actually perform procedures.
Because the program is much more in-depth and hands-on than similar programs, the end result is that our students graduate with a much more intense practical knowledge of the field, and with direct experience on cutting-edge equipment.
The Cardiovascular Technology Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians diagnose and treat illnesses of the heart and blood vessels, review patient files and doctors’ interpretations and schedule appointments. They also operate and care for testing equipment, explain test procedures to patients and compare findings to a standard to identify problems.
The job requires both in-depth technical knowledge and a knack for detective work. Cardiovascular technologists often aid clinicians in diagnosing complex medical mysteries—helping patients who have been ill for long periods of time with limited or no response to treatment.
According to the American Medical Association, entry level salaries for cardiovascular technologists range from $36,000 to $45,000. More experienced personnel can earn more than $75,000 per year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. That’s a sobering statistic.
Given the immensity of the problem, it makes sense that cardiovascular technology is one of the most rapidly growing fields in South Carolina. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment for cardiovascular technologists is expected to grow by 26 percent—much faster than the average for all occupations—through the year 2016.