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Norton Healthcare Foundation School of Cardiovascular Technology

search for jobs Norton Healthcare has established the Norton Healthcare Foundation School of Cardiovascular Technology to meet the need for highly skilled practitioners of cardiovascular technology.

Cardiovascular technology is a growing and exciting field for health care professionals. It involves a variety of services associated with procedures that diagnose and treat disorders of the heart. The technology and expertise required to perform these procedures is highly specialized.

Our 18-month program includes a variety of educational experiences covering both lecture and practical clinical settings. During the course of instruction, students attend lectures in anatomy and physiology, quality control, and infection control. Students practice electrocardiography skills on simulators and are assigned to split-group observation sessions in the various nursing units.

Throughout the course, students will learn to use echocardiography; to recognize different diagnostic challenges and the echocardiographic techniques needed to investigate them; to differentiate Doppler flow signals and velocities; to recognize pathologic changes in the cardiac anatomy and fluid dynamics due to acquired and congenital heart disease; to distinguish an adequate from an inadequate echocardiographic examination; to operate ultrasound equipment; and to manipulate the controls to obtain optimal images using the principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation.

An Echocardiography Technologist performs cardiac ultrasounds, which obtain measurements and images of the heart. This non-invasive test relays images and measurements of the heart to a monitor that allows physicians to more accurately diagnose heart disease. Trained technologists also perform other cardiac tests such as cardiac stress tests, holter monitor exams and EKGs.

The technologist's responsibilities include:

  • Performing a complete echocardiogram
  • Assisting physicians in performing transesophageal echocardiograms
  • Performing stress tests (echocardiograms)
  • Performing additional cardiac tests such as cardiac stress tests, Holter monitoring and electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Preparing patients for procedures, monitoring cardiac function during procedures and providing procedural documentation for the physician and patient's medical records
  • Assisting in educating and transporting patients and in ensuring office procedures are followed
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting equipment

The Norton Healthcare Foundation School of Cardiovascular Technology is one of only four hospital-based CVT programs in the country and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

For information on admission prerequisites and an application, please contact: Patti Boyle

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