Spring Graduation Dates: Orlando Campus - February 21, 2014 and Palm Harbor - May 3, 2014

Echo Cardiographer

Echocardiography Sonography is a field of work that specializes in EKGs and stress testing. Echocardiography was introduced as a non-invasive application of cardiac ultrasound.

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Echo Cardiographer

AAS degree | 50 weeks | CAAHEP accredited | Palm Harbor, FL

Echo Cardiographers or echo technologists provide information to the physicians so they can diagnose and treat cardiac (heart) disease. CFI trains you in the echocardiography sonography techniques that use ultrasound instrumentation, such as Two-D Echo and Doppler ultrasound.

The program is designed to develop health care professionals who, through the use of specific high technology equipment and at the discretion of a qualified physician, perform procedures on patients leading to the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease.

Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist students receive classroom lectures and lab training at our Palm Harbor, FL campus. ICT students also receive an extensive clinical rotation at several local hospitals that specialize in cardiovascular procedures. Students are provided with a great deal of hands-on experience while working with prominent diagnostic interventional cardiologists!

Students are given many opportunities to observe diagnostic and interventional catheterization laboratories in action. They are allowed to observe:

  • Diagnostic angiography studies
  • PTCA procedures
  • Pacemaker implantations
  • Invasive vascular procedures

ICT students are required to complete a 50 week day program. Graduates of the ICT program receive an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree and CPR/ACLS certification from the American Heart Association..

*The listing of credits is not meant to imply that credits can be transferred into college or other private career school programs. Transfer credits are at the sole discretion of the receiving school.

The Department of Labor lists the mean annual wages of cardiovascular technologists and technicians in 2010 were $54,550 in offices of physicians and $49,740 in general medical and surgical hospitals. They also point out that healthcare employers are particularly interested in certified Cardiovascular Technologists, so job prospects should be best for Cardiovascular Technologists with formal training such as that offered at Central Florida Institute.

According to the United States Department of Labor, Florida has the highest published employment level for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians in the country! The United States Department of Labor indicates that employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians is expected to increase 24 percent through the year 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Graduates of the Echo Sonography program are employable in facilities such as:

  • Hospital Cardiac Departments
  • Outpatient Cardiology Practices
  • Cardiac Diagnostic Centers

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The Echocardiography Sonography training program includes an introduction to noninvasive vascular training. Vascular studies reveal disorders that a patient may have with the circulatory system.

The Echocardiography Sonography program at Central Florida Institute in Palm Harbor is accredited by the Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Healthcare employers are particularly interested in Echocardiography Sonographers with certification. Echocardiography Sonography graduates may obtain the following national credentials by passing the corresponding certification examination:

  • (RCS) - Registered Cardiac Sonographer through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)
  • (RDCS) - Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

*This program prepares students for certification testing, although there is no guarantee of passing the certification test and passing the test is not a graduation requirement.

Central Florida Institute is not accepting new enrollments into any of its allied healthcare training programs.

Orlando Campus

6000 Cinderlane Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32810
Phone (407) 253-5354

Tampa Campus

30522 US Hwy. 19
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Phone (727) 786-4707

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