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Cardiac Technician Careers and Degrees


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Overview of Cardiovascular Tech (Echocardiology) Programs in Florida

Cardiac ultrasound technology (also known as sonography) is a rapidly growing career, and the medical demand for professional ultrasound technicians is rapidly expanding as well. There are numerous programs in Florida for these technicians throughout the state. As Florida is a state that attracts a large number of retired people, they are second only to California in the number of sonographers employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014.

Verbal and written communication skills are important if you chose this career as you will be maintaining patient records and communicating imaging results to the professionals that are responsible for treatment.

Cardiac technologist programs are also called diagnostic cardiac sonography, echocardiography sonography or programs for diagnostic cardiac sonographers, and can take anywhere from 18 months to four years to complete, depending upon your program choice. Contact the schools you see below that offer cardiac tech programs in Florida to learn more.

Echo Tech/Cardiac Ultrasound Education in Florida

There are numerous echo tech programs in Florida to choose from, and they tend to have similar admissions requirements. You must be a high school graduate or have your GED to apply to a school that has sonogram tech courses. You will want to determine whether a certificate, an Associate's or Bachelor's degree is the program you prefer, as each will have slightly different requirements.

You can get a good idea of the curriculum you will be following by looking at a two year program, which requires 72 semester hours, and results in an Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology. There are didactic course, hands-on-training with abdominal and thoracic ultrasound technology and general instruction in cardiac function and abnormalities.

A typical week of attending a medical sonography program fulltime will consist of two days of classes and three eight hour clinical days. It is important to complete the classes with a grade of a C or better for graduation.

The course work to become an Echocardiogram Tech in Florida typically includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Echocardiography
  • Medical Sonography
  • Physics (as it applies to sonography)
  • Abdominal Sonographers (ARDMS)

The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an organization for sonography professionals, and they do offer a certification by passing their examination. This may be helpful in securing a position, as it demonstrates your dedication to a quality education.

The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) organization is currently seeking qualified individuals for their pilot version of "the new Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) examination", which was designed for technicians who practice at an advanced level. These credentialed sonographers perform advanced echocardiograms, mentor fellows, students, residents and staff.

Be sure to visit the Financial Aid Office and complete a FAFSA application if you need help with tuition expenses, as this federal grant program is based on your income and expected contributions. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Foundation offers a $2500 scholarships to its members. There are grants and loans available from the federal government also.

Echo Tech Careers in Florida

The field of cardiac sonography is rapidly growing, which requires the technician to develop a deeper level of understanding of the human heart and disease treatment. Non-invasive procedures are utilized to visualize and diagnose heart abnormalities. The duties of the sonongrapher have expanded over the past few years due to the advances in equipment, such as the three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE).

This career includes knowledge of the following techniques:

  • Echocardiography
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiography
  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imagery
  • Computed tomography (CT scans)

Typical jobs in Florida for trained cardiac technicians include:

  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Vascular Technologist
  • Registered Cardiographic Technician

Florida cardiac sonographers earned a mean annual income of $53,210 in 2013 according to O'Net Online. This is an average salary, but past work experience and certification may also have an impact on your salary.

If you are interested in this career, some of the important traits that will help are your ability to be flexible, enthusiastic and confident. There will be times when you will be working alone while taking images and confidence is important if you have to make decisions to tailor your work to meet the needs of the patient. If you are interested in learning more about your options for earning an echo technician degree in Florida, contact the schools you see on our site.


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Traditional On Campus Programs:

Florida

Adventist University (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Imaging Certificate: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Advanced Placement Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Science in Radiography
Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

American College for Medical Careers (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:
Cardiovascular Sonography - Associate - Orlando, FL
Cardiovascular Sonography - Bachelor - Orlando, FL
Dental Assisting With Expanded Functions - Diploma
Diagnostic Medical Sonography- Associates - Orlando, FL
Medical Assisting - Associate - Orlando, FL
Medical Assisting - Diploma - Orlando, FL
Medical Coding and Billing Specialist - Orlando, FL

Anthem College (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:
Limited Scope X-Ray Technician (Diploma)
X-Ray Technician (Ltd. Scope) - Associate Degree (Orlando campus)

ASA College (Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL)
Programs Offered:
Medical Assistant- Associate in Science
Medical Assisting with Medical Billing and Coding
Pharmacy Technologist- Associate in Science

Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Hospital Based Radiography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography
Associate in Arts in Radiologic (Med) Tech
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
General Sonography Specialist Technical Certificate Program

Central Florida Institute (Tampa Bay, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Echocardiography Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant with Basic X-Ray

Everest University (Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:
Medical Administrative Assistant
Medical Assistant Diploma
Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Florida Career College (Boynton Beach, FL / Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:
Limited Scope X-Ray Technician – Diploma (Boynton Beach Campus)
Limited Scope X-Ray Technician – Diploma (Jacksonville Campus)

Florida Institute of Ultrasound Inc (Pensacola, FL)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography

Fortis College (Fort Lauderdale, FL / Miami South, FL / Orange Park, FL / Palm Springs, FL / Port St. Lucie, FL / Tampa, FL / Winter Park, FL)
Programs Offered:
Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician - Associate (Miami South, FL)
Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician - Associate (Winter Park, FL)
Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician - Diploma (Orange Park, FL)
Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician - Diploma (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician - Diploma (Tampa, FL)
Radiologic Technology - Associate (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Radiologic Technology - Associate (Miami South, FL)
Radiologic Technology - Associate (Palm Springs, FL)
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Palm Springs, FL)

Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, FL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Applied Science in Radiography

Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Associate in Science in Radiography

Institute of Allied Medical Professions (Delray Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Program

Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Sarasota, FL / Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography - New Port Richey
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Fort Lauderdale campus)
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Vascular Sonography (Fort Lauderdale campus)
Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Billing and Coding - Orlando
Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Billing and Coding - Tampa
Associate of Science in Medical Assisting - New Port Richey
Associate of Science in Medical Assisting - Orlando
Associate of Science in Medical Assisting - Sarasota
Associate of Science in Medical Assisting - Tampa
Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technician - Fort Lauderdale
Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technician - Orlando
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant - Fort Lauderdale
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant - Orlando
Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant - Tampa
Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Fort Lauderdale
Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Sarasota
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Fort Lauderdale campus)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Orlando campus)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Sarasota campus)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Tampa campus)
Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy - Fort Lauderdale
Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences - Tampa

Keiser University (Fort Myers, FL / Orlando, FL / Port St. Lucie, FL / Tallahassee, FL / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Fort Myers)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Orlando)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Tallahassee)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (Tampa)
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology (West Palm Beach)
Associate of Science in Surgical Technology (Port St. Lucie)

Lincoln College of Technology (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:
Surgical Technology - Diploma (Orlando)
X-Ray Technician - Diploma (Orlando)

(Lake Worth, FL / Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate
Diploma - Medical Basic X-Ray Technician (Lake Worth)
Diploma - Medical Basic X-Ray Technician (Miami)

Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Specialist
Associate of Applied Science in Radiography

Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Health Science in Vascular Sonography
Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth, FL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Computed Tomography
Advanced Technical Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Science in Radiography
Associate of Science in Sonography
College Credit Certificate Program in Sonography

Pensacola State College (Pensacola, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Polk State College (Winter Haven, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

Santa Fe College (Gainesville, FL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Cardiovascular Technology
Associate in Science in Radiography

Southern Technical College (Online, FL / Orlando, FL / Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:
A.S. - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
A.S. - Health Information Management - Online
A.S. - Medical Assistant
A.S. - Medical Laboratory Technician
A.S. - Surgical Technician
B.S. - Healthcare Administration - Online
Diploma - Medical Assistant
Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding Technology
Medical Assisting
Patient Care Technician

Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee, FL)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Valencia Community College (Orlando, FL)
Programs Offered:
Advanced Technical Certificate in Computed Tomography
Advanced Technical Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate of Science in Radiography

Virginia College (Fort Pierce, FL)
Programs Offered:
Medical Assistant - Diploma

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