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Become A Cardiac Technician

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Working As A Cardiac Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $54,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Cardiac Technician Do At UPMC

* Performs ECGs on neonates, pediatrics and adults.
* Possesses the ability to obtain and interpret information considering age specific needs.
* Performs SAECGs.
* Edits ECG reports accurately to reflect physician interpretation using the MUSE computer system.
* Collates and retrieves ECGs for all areas of the Medical Center.
* Routinely provides ECG inservice education and training to nursing, respiratory care staff and students.
* Performs routine maintenance on ECG, Holter and MUSE equipment.
* Troubleshoots minor problems with equipment.
* Contacts Marquette Technical Support for additional troubleshooting with the MUSE computer system.
* Demonstrates Hamot's commitment to Service Excellence by understanding the needs of patients, their families, physicians and co-workers and doing what is required the first time, every time by being responsible, sensitive, accurate, timely, coordinated and thorough

What Does A Cardiac Technician Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Performs EKG's per department or provider request.
* Prepares patient and assists physician and/or Nursing personnel while performing treadmill and chemical stress testing including tests performed in the Nuclear medicine Department.
* Prepares patients for Holter Monitor and other procedures as assigned.
* Responds immediately to all Code calls for technician support.
* Prepares EKG's and procedure reports for physician interpretation.
* Files and distributes interpreted reports and EKG's appropriately.
* Performs clerical duties as assigned.
* Maintains the communication center of the Cardiology Department including handling telephone calls, receiving visitors, patients, physicians, and others coming to the Cardiology Department.
* Schedules procedures done in the Cardiology Department.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Cardiac Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Prepares patients for procedures.
* Reviews medical history, positions patients and cleans/shaves/numbs testing sites as appropriate.
* Interprets, describes and reports test results; recognizes recording errors and artifacts and reacts appropriately.
* Monitors patient prior to, during and after procedures and promptly reports any abnormal findings in patient's condition.
* Prepares and maintains equipment, supplies and lab area.
* Removes vascular sheaths from the femoral, radial, brachial artery and/or vein utilizing manual pressure or mechanical compression.
* Sets up sterile table, prepares patients, performs scrub duties in procedures with physicians and assists with wire handling, catheter advancement, x-ray controls and equipment preparation for diagnostic and interventional procedures

What Does A Cardiac Technician Do At Geisinger Health System

* Maintains ongoing, high-level surveillance of patients’ cardiac rhythms and notifies nursing/clinicians of any rate/rhythm changes.
* Measures and interprets patients’ heart rhythm and documents on patient rhythm strip every four (4) hours.
* Initiates and discontinues monitoring equipment on admission, transfer, or discharge.
* Performs configuration as necessary.
* Performs clerical duties related to admission, discharge, and documentation of patient information from Central Cardiac Monitoring Room.
* Communicates clearly when receiving information from units or providers.
* Uses clear and complete communication with unit personnel when delivering information about changes in patient rhythm.
* Uses C
* I. Care with all interactions.
* Orients and mentors new staff members.
* Serves as a resource for training and troubleshooting to both the Central Cardiac Monitoring Room and clinical areas.
* Troubleshoots monitors with nursing staff and contacts Clinical Engineering as appropriate.
* Gives report to oncoming shift.
* Prioritizes and organizes work assignment and adjusts priorities based on changing situations.
* Maintains and stocks all designated equipment, including telemetry and monitoring cables.
* Replaces defective equipment and reports failures to Clinical Engineering.
* Adheres to confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patients, clinicians, employees, and visitors.
* Develops a rapport and cooperative relationship with nursing and clinical staff and responds to questions/requests from healthcare providers.
* Performs job responsibilities in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of Geisinger Health System.
* Performs other duties as requested

What Does A Cardiac Technician Do At Northwell Health

* Performs STAT pre transfusion testing and follows established guidelines for uncross matched and urgent blood release.
* Performs the preparation and releasing of multiple blood products under emergency situations for cardio vascular and trauma patients as described in protocol.
* Monitors blood use and prospectively ensures product readiness via thawing, pooling and testing of blood units STAT.
* Reviews the appropriateness of the blood and components requests per physician orders and releases as transfusion guidelines indicate for monitoring of blood utilization.
* Prepares and reviews operating room schedule for patient readiness of cardio vascular patients for release of blood to operating room refrigerator prior to surgical event.
* Supports physician efforts to improve hemostasis for cardiac and trauma patients with coagulopathies, surgical and traumatized bleeding by providing blood components in an efficient and expedited manner for positive outcome.
* Performs a variety of diversified and complex laboratory tests.
* Sets up apparatus, instruments and supplies for laboratory procedures.
* Performs basic troubleshooting and preventative maintenance activities for laboratory instruments.
* Employs standard procedures and techniques to conduct tests, maintains standards of quality control, and investigates out-of-control results, as required.
* Observes and evaluates test results, and records necessary data on laboratory reports and notifies supervisory staff in time related to problems.
* May perform a variety of teaching duties related to training of students, new employees, etc., and participates in ongoing education assignments.
* Performs related duties, as required

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How To Become A Cardiac Technician

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, need formal education, such as an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification.


Colleges and universities offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in sonography and in cardiovascular and vascular technology. One-year certificate programs also are available from colleges or hospitals.

Employers typically prefer graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography, cardiovascular, and vascular education programs usually include courses in anatomy, medical terminology, and applied sciences. Most sonography programs are divided into the specialized fields that correspond to the relevant certification exams, such as abdominal sonography or breast sonography. Cardiovascular and vascular programs include coursework in either invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular or vascular technology procedures. In addition to classroom study, most programs also include a clinical component in which students earn credit while working under a more experienced technologist in a hospital, physician’s office, or imaging laboratory.

High school students who are interested in diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology, or vascular technology should take courses in anatomy, physiology, physics, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire diagnostic imaging workers with professional certification. Many insurance providers and Medicare pay for procedures only if a certified sonographer, technologist, or technician performed the work. Certification is available from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Diagnostic imaging workers can earn certification by graduating from an accredited program and passing an exam. Most of the certifications are for specialties in diagnostic imaging; for example, a sonographer can earn a certification in abdominal sonography. Most diagnostic imaging workers have at least one certification, but many earn multiple certifications.

In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates who have a Basic Life Support certification, which shows they are trained to provide CPR.

Few states require diagnostic medical sonographers to be licensed. Professional certification is typically required for licensure; other requirements vary by state. Contact state medical boards for more information.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Diagnostic imaging workers must follow precise instructions to obtain the images needed to diagnose and treat patients. They must also pay attention to the screen while scanning a patient’s body because the cues that contrast healthy areas with unhealthy ones may be subtle.

Hand-eye coordination. To get quality images, diagnostic imaging workers must be able to accurately move equipment on the patient’s body in response to what they see on the screen.

Interpersonal skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must work closely with patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain or mental stress, and they must get cooperation from the patient to create usable images.

Physical stamina. Diagnostic imaging workers are on their feet for long periods and must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Diagnostic imaging workers must understand how to operate complex machinery and computerized instruments.

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Cardiac Technician Career Paths

Cardiac Technician
Physician Assistant Physician Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Cardiac Sonographer Technical Director Chief Engineer
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Cardiovascular Technician Clinical Specialist
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Cardiac Sonographer Clinical Applications Specialist MRI Technologist
Imaging Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Echo Technician Cardiac Sonographer Technical Director
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Laboratory Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Echo Technician Technical Director Laboratory Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Critical Care Nurse Clinical Specialist Medical Coder
Medical Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Cardiovascular Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Telemetry Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Telemetry Technician Monitor Technician Radiologic Technician
Radiology Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant PRN Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Cardiac Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Urdu

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Swedish

  • Kashmiri

  • Kurdish

  • Filipino

  • Vietnamese

  • Cherokee

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Khowar

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

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Top Cardiac Technician Skills

  1. Holter Monitors
  2. Heart Monitors
  3. Nuclear Stress Tests
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Placed Holter monitors and performed EEGs on outpatients and inpatients.
  • Performed electrocardiograms, stress test, as well as applying heart monitors for all in and outpatient procedures.
  • Traveled between two office locations and performed nuclear stress tests as needed.
  • Participated in monthly Quality Assurance meetings to ensure Cardiology lab was meeting both credentialing and operating goals.
  • Provided direct patient care in critical care setting.

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