Cardiology Technologist

Cardiology technologists perform cardiology tests to provide information needed in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, generally working with other health care professionals. Also might be called Health Care Technologist, Heart Health Technologist, or Medical Technologist. In general, cardiology technologists prepare patients for testing by explaining procedures, obtain medical history information, ensure patient comfort and safety during procedures, implement resuscitation measures when necessary, prepare testing information from diagnostic procedures for physician interpretation, immediately notify physicians and nursing staff when they recognize life-threatening arrhythmias (heartbeats), maintain equipment and trouble shoot technical problem, assist in research projects.

Cardiology technologists must keep up to date with changing technologies.  They usually work rotating shifts in health care environments. Their work is physically demanding: they are on their feet most of the time and may be expected to help lift and move patients who cannot move on their own. They are employed in hospitals and clinics.

Skills Required

  • must be mature and self-confident
  • able to communicate understanding and reassurance to patients
  • able to pay close attention to details
  • able to think and act quickly and appropriately in emergency situations
  • able to work with little direct supervision
  • organized

Cardiology Technologists should enjoy working with computers and electronic equipment at tasks requiring precision, having clear guidelines and established methods for their work, and compiling and recording test results.

Education/Training Required

Diploma

Schools Offering Career Program

College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
Stenberg College

Average Starting Salary
$36,400

Growth Rate
Varies

Education Required
1-2 years