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Cardiovascular Technology: What to Expect

The Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiovascular Technology at the University of South Carolina is one of few programs of its kind in the country. The Cardiovascular Technology major is an excellent choice if you are interested in a health care career where you can provide compassionate and professional care. While at the University, you will learn from distinguished faculty who consistently rank among the finest in the world for their outstanding teaching and research efforts. You will utilize your study of anatomy, human physiology, organic chemistry, and physics to develop the skills necessary to assist physicians in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. You will take part in an innovative program of three years of study at the University, followed by a clinical internship at an accredited hospital to get hands-on experience. During your clinical internship, you will receive specific training in one or more areas of emphasis within cardiovascular diagnostics: invasive, noninvasive, and vascular specialties.
The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a major in Cardiovascular Technology:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Fundamental Genetics
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • General Physiology (and Laboratory)
  • Principles of Biochemistry (and Laboratory)
  • Organic Chemistry I (and Laboratory)
  • Organic Chemistry II (and Laboratory)
  • CVT Training

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 organizations. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you've learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Cardiovascular Technology majors at the University have had a wide range of exciting and unique internship opportunities. During your senior year, you will gain professional experience while interning at an accredited hospital. After completing the internship, you can sit for a national registry exam. Credentialing is voluntary, however, it is the professional standard and most employers require credentialing.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Cardiovascular Technology program usually seek employment as cardiovascular technologists working in a hospital setting, primarily in cardiology departments. Cardiovascular technologists may also work in doctor offices and medical and diagnostics laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers. According to the Committee on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), entry-level salaries for cardiovascular technologists in 2010 averaged $36,000-45,000.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

About the Cardiovascular Technology Program

The Cardiovascular Technology Program at the University of South Carolina is one of few programs of its kind in the country. With an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the natural sciences combined with outstanding academic and healthcare resources and research facilities, the Cardiovascular Technology degree program helps prepare students to work as cardiovascular technologists. University of South Carolina students in the Cardiovascular Technology degree program are successful in their unique and innovative internship portion of the program. The degree program is affiliated with Providence Hospital’s School of Cardiovascular Diagnostics in Columbia, SC and Harry T. Harper, Jr., M.D., School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology at University Hospital in Augusta, GA, for the internship portion of the degree. The Cardiovascular Technology Program is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Resources.
Cardiovascular Technology Program Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin