University Hospital, 706/774-8976
Augusta Technical College, 706/771-4028
Cardiovascular Technology is sponsored by the Harry T. Harper Jr., M.D., School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology, which is a program of Augusta Technical College and University Hospital honoring Georgia's first cardiologist. The off-campus site is centered at University Hospital, Georgia's second largest center for cardiovascular medicine with affiliated clinical sites throughout the region. The Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs of the American Medical Association accredits the school.
The Harry T. Harper Jr., M.D., School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology is affiliated with a number of national academic and health care organizations, including the University of South Carolina and Augusta Technical College. Through these affiliations students are given the benefit of a broader exposure to the expertise of various faculty and health care professionals.
The school is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for the Joint Review Committee on Cardiovascular Technology, which maintains and promotes appropriate standards of quality for the cardiovascular technologist.
Admission Requirements As a Degree Program
Admission to the School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology is competitive. All applicants are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACT or ASSET. In addition to evaluating scores on these tests, the program evaluates applicants on previously completed college courses, placement examination scores and interviews. Students may be exempted from the above tests if they have approved transfer credit of a grade "C" or better in English and algebra. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admission Office at 706/771-4028.
The 18-month associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students to work with physicians to evaluate, diagnose and treat cardiac patients. The first six months consists of cardiovascular core classes, and the last year is spent in the student technologist's chosen specialty. Cardiovascular Technology is an allied health profession specifically concerning the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac disease. A cardiovascular technolgist performs examinations at the request or under direct supervision of a physician, is proficient in the use of analytical equipment and provides a foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis may be made. Procedures performed by the cardiovascular technologist include but are not limited to cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, thrombolytic therapy, echocardiography, exercise stress testing and Doppler ultrasound. Students will take the national Registry in Cardiac or Vascular Technology exam before graduation.
Continued technological advances in cardiac diagnosis and therapy have created steady demands for trained technologists with few training programs available. Cardiac and vascular technologists may pursue careers within hospitals, physicians' offices, medical clinics, mobile outreach companies, cardiac equipment companies or research groups.
High School Preparations
Courses taken should include algebra, general science, chemistry, physics and biology.
Applications for the program are accepted all year; however, the application process must be completed by February 9 and transcripts must be submitted by March 30 prior to the program's start date in September. Accepted applicants will be notified in the spring.
For More Information about:
- The program or required courses, contact Gwen Taylor, dean of Allied Health & Nursing at Augusta Technical College, 706/771-4175 or log on to the Augusta Technical College Web site; or Pat Thomas or Elisabeth Frails of cardiovascular technology at University Hospital, 706/774-5044.
- The Bachelor of Science degree, contact Cammie Steele at the University of South Carolina, 803/777-2508 or log on to the USC Web site.