Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist student is trained to assist in the performance of invasive testing procedures which provide critical data used in the detection and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulatory system.

Invasive cardiovascular studies include anatomy, physiology and pathology, universal precautions, cardiovascular pharmacology, basic & advanced electrocardiography, physics, vital signs, IV administration, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, hemodynamics, and principles of radiology. The recognition of an intervention in lethal arrhythmias is also included. In addition, interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stents, and intra-aortic balloon pumps are presented.

Emerging technologies of peripheral vascular intervention and concepts of cardiac electrophysiology and pacemakers are explored to prepare the student for expanding career opportunities. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is presented according to the guidelines of the American Heart Association.

The recognition of and intervention in lethal arrhythmias are also included. In addition, interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stents, and intra-aortic balloon pumps are presented within the context of this program. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is presented according to the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Sufficient time is devoted to the concepts of cardiac electrophysiology and pacemakers to prepare the student for expanding career opportunities in this field.

The clinical/externship rotation is an integral part of the training program. Eligible students are assigned to school-approved clinical site by the Program Director. Students will maintain this rotation until all required hours have been successfully completed within the allotted time frame. Site visits to hospitals are conducted on a regular basis by school clinical site coordinator to assess the satisfactory progress of the student.

Due to the technical nature of this program, a minimum of an associate degree is required. In addition, students must have prior allied health training, recent clinical work experience and college credits in anatomy & physiology, math and science.

The knowledge and skills acquired prepare students for responsible career entry positions with advancement opportunities in hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories. There is a widespread demand for competent, credentialed Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists.

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Publication of Outcome Results

In accordance with CAAHEP, JRC-CVT Standards, schools are required to publish outcome results for the following programs: Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist, Vascular Technologist, and Cardiovascular Technologist.

This is a 3 year average for outcomes in the national credentialing pass rate, retention, and positive placement for 2014, 2013, and 2012. Published results are consistent with and verified by the Annual Report of each program.

Average Rate of Graduates who successfully pass the RCIS national credentialing through CCI: 94.59%.
Average Retention Rate: 77.36%
Average Positive Placement Rate: 95.12%

Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $47.95
Elsevier Drugs for the Heart Opie 978-1-4557-3322-4 $74.95
Pearson Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Martini 978-1-2690-5774-5 $126.50
Elsevier Netters Cardiology Runge 978-1-4377-0637-6 $99.95
Jones & Bartlett Invasive Cardiology Watson 978-0-7637-6468-5 $94.25
AHA ACLS Woodson Education $250.00
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