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Cardiovascular and Cardiopulmonary Technology


Programs in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology prepare people to assist physicians diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the heart and lungs.

Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology programs include topics such as:


Most cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology programs require students to complete a practicum at a clinic under the supervision of experienced workers.


Many community colleges and two-year schools offer associate degree programs in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Some colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Additional program admission requirements vary, but may include the following:

Also, some programs require you to take certain health career-related courses before applying. Other programs include those courses within their curriculum. They are:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most associate degree programs also require you to take general education and basic science courses as part of their curriculum. These usually include the following:

In addition, most programs also offer practicums or externships. These are opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary settings. You might help run echocardiographs or perform diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, depending on your interests and the availability of sites at which you can work.

Things to Know

You are expected to pay for your own uniforms and transportation during your clinical training. You also need liability insurance.

This program qualifies you to take a registry exam in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. Registration is not required in every state.

Students who complete an electrocardiograph program as part of a cardiovascular program may qualify to take the national certification exam.

In some cases, EKG programs are offered separately from cardiovascular technology programs.


King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Health Professionals Institute

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College