Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians ·  Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

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Licensing Information ·   Perfusionist

Licensing Description:
To qualify for a license, an applicant shall pass a competency examination given by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion or its successor organization. Exceptions made in sections 324.125 to 324.183 RMSo. Contact the licensing agency for additional information.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012

Occupational Tasks ·  Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
· Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
· Explain testing procedures to patient to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
· Prepare reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
· Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
· Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, and laboratory instruments.
· Prepare and position patients for testing.
· Obtain and record patient identification, medical history or test results.
· Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.
· Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
· Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
· Supervise and train other cardiology technologists and students.

Educational Requirements: ·  Associate degree

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 89%
·  Reading Comprehension 82%
·  Instructing 80%
·  Active Learning 79%
·  Speaking 79%
·  Critical Thinking 78%
·  Service Orientation 72%
·  Time Management 72%
·  Equipment Selection 71%
·  Learning Strategies 70%