Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 40% of the deaths in the modern western world and is becoming of increasing concern due to the progressive aging of the population. The disease affects the heart and adjacent blood vessels and can assume various forms: hypertension, coronary artery disease, cardiac diseases, and myocardial infarctions. Heart health is strongly dependent on personal habits and lifestyle. In order for prevention strategies to be effective, they must focus on key risk factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and mental and social stress. In light of these factors, it is of utmost importance to prepare skilled professionals who can collaborate with physicians in the prevention, and technical and psychological assistance of heart patients. This profession requires an ongoing emotional and professional commitment to working for the health and well-being of others. The degree program is aimed at producing highly-specialized health professionals with an interdisciplinary preparation which will permit them to work as part of a team and with other health professionals.
During this three-year degree program, students will be prepared to practice their future profession through lectures and internships. They will be required to possess a solid background in biological systems, physiopathology, and anatomy, with particular emphasis on the cardiovascular system; they will also master electrophysiological, imaging, ultrasound, hemodynamic, and cardio-circulatory techniques. The three-year program is organized into semesters. The first semester of the first year is dedicated exclusively to gaining basic knowledge in core subjects. Then, in the second semester, and for the next two years, students will develop skills in specialized activities. Course work includes lectures, practical training on the use of equipment, and mandatory clinical internship placements. These placements, which represent a fundamental part of the program, enable students to acquire professional competencies and are performed in national and international Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Centers approved by our faculty. The instructional model promotes a high level of interaction between professors and students, and its aim is to bring about the integration of acquired skills with knowledge learned.
Technicians in Cardio-circulatory Physiopathology and Cardiovascular Perfusion are health professionals specialized in the use and maintenance of equipment used for extracorporeal circulation, hemodynamics, electophysiology, and ultrasound imaging. Their responsibilities are prevalently of a technical nature as they assist medical personnel by providing essential instructions on using equipment for hemodynamic diagnostics or to replace cardiocirculatory functions. They also plan, manage, and assess the requirements for the proper functioning of equipment, thereby guaranteeing the effective application of support techniques. Students are continuously updating their knowledge and skills through participation in national conferences and seminars in the area of non-invasive and invasive cardiology. Graduates find employment in national and international public or private health facilities, in operating rooms, and in cardiology centers, both as employees or self-employed practitioners. Interesting career opportunities also exist as product specialists for private companies involved in the manufacture of electro-medical equipment.