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Associate Degree Programs

Associate Degree Programs Overview

The Cardiovascular Technology Program admitted its first class in 1982 in response to the need for qualified individuals to work in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's cardiac catheterization, cardiac ultrasound, and vascular ultrasound labs. Today, Cardiovascular Technologists in all specialties work throughout Sentara Healthcare in various settings and facilities.

Cardiovascular Technologists are employed throughout the country in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, imaging centers, operating rooms, clinical research laboratories, and biomedical industry. Cardiovascular Technologists assist physicians and surgeons in performing many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures both in the hospital and in the outpatient setting. The highly specialized fields of Cardiovascular Technology are in high demand. 

Sentara College of Health Sciences offers four specialty Cardiovascular Technology Programs: 

The Surgical Technology Program began in the early 1950s in response to the need for qualified individuals to work in hospital operating rooms. 

Surgical Technologists are responsible for working with the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses to prepare the operating room with equipment, instruments, and supplies for any operative procedure, anticipating and providing for the needs of the surgeon, maintaining aseptic technique during the procedure, and preparing instruments for reprocessing.

Surgical Technologists are accurate and set high standards of practice. They must possess a high degree of manual dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, and be adaptable to changing technology in a fast-paced environment. Individuals who choose the surgical technology profession are deeply committed to quality patient-focused care and working as a team member in a highly specialized area.

Surgical Technologists are employed in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgical centers, physician’s offices, or the surgical or business industry.