Cardiovascular Tech Program Application in 5 Simple Steps
It’s incredibly difficult to choose your future career path, but after giving it a lot of thought, you’ve decided to become a cardiovascular technologist. Whether you’ve just graduated high school – or you’re already employed in the medical field – this is a fantastic profession that allows you to make a massive difference in the lives of others.
You’ve probably already started researching the steps it takes to enroll in cardiovascular tech schools, and have probably seen that some schools have selective applications. With our comprehensive guide, however, you’ll discover what needs to be tackled before applying to the school of your choice.
1. Plan a Campus Visit
Take it from us: The location and atmosphere of your training course are crucial for a great experience. By observing classrooms and labs – and speaking with professors and students – you’ll be able to determine whether it’s a great fit for you. If you happen to live near a few campuses that offer a cardiovascular tech training program, you should definitely plan a visit.
Most future techs prefer staying close to home while they study. But with amazing opportunities across the country, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to move somewhere new and exciting.
Meet with an Admissions Team Member
Will your training program allow you to work full-time or part-time while you study? Does financial aid cover your education? Before you visit any school, make an appointment with a member of the admissions team.
This representative will be able to answer all of your questions about admission requirements, program details, financial aid options, and the application process.
Figure out Your Financial Aid Options
It’s surprising how many cardiovascular technology students believe they aren’t eligible for financial assistance, even though FAFSA’s primary concern for assistance is economic need. We highly recommend taking an hour out of your schedule to submit a FAFSA. If you aren’t approved for the full amount, you may be still be eligible for some aid. Many students also have access to private student loans, scholarships, and interest-free payment plans offered by some schools.
Don’t let the cost of tuition prevent you from working as a cardiovascular technologist. Schools usually require you to turn in your financial aid details at least one week before applying to a program.
2. Apply to Your Cardiovascular Tech Training Program
Once you have figured out how to fund your education, you should submit your application. If your school of choice has a rolling admission schedule, you’ll be able to apply as soon as the program start dates are released.
Many training programs have digitized their enrollment processes, but some require students to physically turn in their complete application form(s). It’s important to make an appointment with your school representative. You may need to complete an in-person interview and/or pass an entrance exam (e.g., Accuplacer, Wonderlic SLE).
Is It Easy to Get Into a Cardiovascular Tech Program?
Cardiovascular technology programs are extremely popular, and the admissions process may be more selective than for other allied healthcare courses. During the admissions process, school representatives will often review your highest level of education, GPA, reference letters, entrance exam score, and interview performance.
Depending on the school you have applied to, you may receive a decision immediately or you may have to wait. If you are accepted into the program, you can take the next step and enroll.
3. Attend Orientation
Once you’re enrolled in an accredited cardiovascular technology program, you’ll receive an invitation to attend orientation.
This is an ideal time to learn about your training program’s policies. Take advantage of this opportunity and clear up any questions you might still have.
4. Start Your Cardiovascular Technology Program
This is what you’ve been waiting for. You’ll learn how to use sonography equipment to create images of the heart and vascular system, and also help physicians diagnose heart disease and defects (like blockages, hypertension, and arrhythmias).
Complete Your Internship
After classroom and lab hours are finished, you’re required to complete a clinical internship to finish your cardiovascular technologist program. All students are placed with an experienced mentor to gain the necessary skills for their future career path.
5. Pass Your Exam
Graduates of most cardiovascular tech programs are qualified to take the Non-Invasive/ Echocardiography registry examination, offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
Successful students will receive their RCS credential and will then be ready to enter the workforce as an in-demand cardiovascular technologist.
Apply to a Cardiovascular Tech Program Today
In about 2 years, you’ll be able to make a massive difference in the lives of patients while finding rewarding cardiovascular technologist job opportunities in hospitals, nursing homes, and more.
If you happen to live in the New Jersey area – or are planning a move – contact an AIMS Education admissions rep to kickstart your future career.