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In December 1981, the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Medical Education (CME) officially recognized cardiovascular technology as an allied health profession.  Subsequently, organizations that had indicated an interest in sponsoring accreditation activities for the cardiovascular technologist were invited to appoint a representative to an ad hoc committee to develop Essentials.  Interested individuals were also invited to join the committee.


The ad hoc committee on development of Essentials for the cardiovascular technologist held its first meeting on April 29, 1982, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Twenty-one individuals attended the first meeting representing the following organizations: American College of Cardiology; American Medical Association; American Society of Echocardiography; American College of Radiology; American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers; Grossmont College, El Cajon, California; American Society of Radiologic Technologists; Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers; National Alliance of Cardiovascular Technologists; Society of Non-Invasive Vascular Technology; American College of Chest Physicians; American Cardiology Technologists Association; Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida; and National Society for Cardiopulmonary Technology.


An initial draft of the proposed Essentials and Guidelines of an Accredited Educational Program in Cardiovascular Technology was developed as a result of this meeting.  Subsequent meetings were held to refine and polish the Essentials.  In September 1983, the committee members reached agreement on the Essentials.  The Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) held its first meeting in November 1985 in preparation for its ongoing review of programs seeking accreditation in cardiovascular technology.


The following organizations initially adopted the Essentials and agreed to sponsor the JRC-CVT: American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Radiology, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Cardiovascular Professionals, and Society for Vascular Ultrasound (formerly the Society of Vascular Technology and the Society of Noninvasive Vascular Technology). Subsequently, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine withdrew as a sponsor and the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals and The North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysicology agreed to sponsor the JRC-CVT.  Currently, there are six sponsors of the JRC-CVT.


Description of the Profession


Cardiovascular technology is an allied health profession specifically focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease.  The technologist performs examinations at the request or direction of a physician.  The technologist is proficient in the use of analytical equipment and sundry apparatus including placing such equipment on or into the patient, or placing the patient on the equipment, acquisition of diagnostic images, cognitive skills involving data measurement, professionalism for patient interactions, and knowledge of cardiac anatomy and pathophysiology.


Job Description


The cardiovascular technologist is qualified by specific technological education to perform various cardiovascular/peripheral vascular diagnostic procedures.  The role of the cardiovascular technologist may include, but is not limited to (1) reviewing and/or recording pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data; (2) performing appropriate procedures and obtaining a record of anatomical, pathological, and/or physiological data for interpretation by a physician; and (3) exercising discretion and judgment in the performance of cardiovascular diagnostic services.


Employment Characteristics


Cardiovascular technologists may provide their services to patients in any medical setting, under the supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy.   The procedures performed by the cardiovascular technologist may be found in, but not limited to, one of the following general settings: (1) invasive cardiovascular laboratories, including cardiac catheterization, blood gas, and electrophysiology laboratories; (2) noninvasive cardiovascular laboratories, including echocardiography, exercise stress test, and electrocardiography laboratories; (3) noninvasive peripheral vascular studies laboratories, including Doppler ultrasound, thermography, and plethysmography laboratories; and (4) cardiac electrophysiology


Educational Programs


There are 94 programs/concentrations in 56 institutions  throughout the United States accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  For a complete listing, visit the CAAHEP web site and 'Find an Accredited Program'.


Accreditation Standards.


The Standards and Guidelines for Cardiovascular Technology Educational Programs are the minimum measures of quality used in accrediting programs that prepare individuals to enter the profession of Cardiovascular Technology. The extent to which a program complies with these Standards determines its status of public recognition; the accreditation Standards therefore constitute the minimum requirements to which an educational program shall be held accountable. Guidelines provide further explanation of the Standards.




Accreditation.  Requests for information on program accreditation, including the Standards and Guidelines, preparing the self-study report, and arranging a site visit, contact:


Joint Review Committee on Education

in Cardiovascular Technology

1449 Hill Street

Whitinsville, MA  01588-1032

978-456-5594 Phone



Certification/Registration.  Inquiries regarding registration, contact:



Cardiovascular Credentialing International

1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102

Raleigh, NC 27607




American Registry of

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 360

Rockville, MD 20852-1150






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