School of Allied Health Professions

CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGY (CVT) Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor's of Science in Cardiovascular Technology degree
Program length: 57 hours of pre-requisite courses taken at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university; Followed by 2 years at LSUHS, 63 hours of professional courses
Delivery: Full-time, predominantly on-site, live day classes
Start term: Summer  |  Application: AHCAS

What does a Cardiovascular Technologist do?

The cardiovascular technologist (CVT) assists physicians in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) disease. Noninvasive CVTs use ultrasound to produce diagnostic images of the heart (cardiac sonographer) or surrounding blood vessels (vascular technologist) as well as electrocardiograms, stress tests, and other evaluations for patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Invasive cardiovascular specialists assist physicians during cardiac catheterization procedures which allow them to take a closer look at the heart. During this procedure, a small tube (catheter) is guided through the patient’s blood vessels into the heart. CVTs provide these interventions to patients of all ages diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

Benefits of getting your degree at LSUHS?

Completion of the CVT Program at LSU Health Shreveport meets educational requirements to apply for the Registered Cardiac Sonographer and Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist credentialing exams administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Choose a Career in Cardiovascular Technology

Cardiovascular technologists (CVTs) can work in various acute care and outpatient settings to include hospitals, operating rooms, physician offices, and diagnostic labs. Invasive cardiovascular specialists most often work in cardiac catheterization or electrophysiology labs. CVTs also have the opportunity to work in education, research, or advance into administrative/management positions. Additionally, CVTs can pursue additional specialized training in vascular technology, electrophysiology, or congenital cardiac sonography.

 
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
2022 Median Pay
$78,210 per year 
$37.60 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2022
142,800
Job Outlook, 2022-32
19% (Much faster than average)

*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

The links below may be useful in providing more information about a career in Cardiovascular Technology:

Have Questions?

For more information about the CVT Program at LSU Health Shreveport, please contact Dr. Michon Revader at michon.revader@lsuhs.edu or (318) 813-2943. 

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