Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist

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The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist student is trained to assist the physician in the performance of invasive testing techniques which provide critical data used in the detection and management of cardiac and vascular diseases. Student develops skills in the preparation and monitoring of the patient during invasive cardiac procedures and other treatment modalities.

Invasive Cardiovascular Studies include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology/Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic Communications
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Basic & Advanced Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Physics
  • Vital signs
  • Sterile Technique
  • Patient Assessment
  • IV Administration
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
  • Hemodynamics
  • Radiation Safety
  • Recognition of and intervention in lethal arrhythmias
  • Interventional Procedures such as angioplasty, stents, and intra-aortic balloon pumps
  • Peripheral Intervention
  • Cardiac Pathology

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.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is presented according to the guidelines of the American Heart Association.

The Clinical & Externship Experience

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.

Career Placement

The knowledge and skills acquired prepare students for responsible career entry positions with advancement opportunities in hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories. There is a widespread, critical 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 based on the 2020 Annual Reports Management System.

This is a 3 year average for the Invasive CVT Program outcomes in the national credentialing pass rate, retention, and positive placement for 2019, 2018, and 2017. Published results are consistent with and verified by the Annual Report of each program.

Average Rate of Graduates who took and successfully passed the RCIS national credentialing through CCI: 100%.
Average Retention Rate: 95.45%
Average Positive Placement Rate: 92.86%

Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $52.79
APRN World Cardiac Pharmacology, 2nd Edition Nair 978-194-100-4128 $74.95
Elsevier Anatomy & Physiology, 9th Edition Patton/Thibodeau 978-0-3232-9883-4 $149.25
Elsevier Netters Cardiology Runge 978-1-4377-0637-6 $65.64
Jones & Bartlett Invasive Cardiology Watson 978-0-7637-6468-5 $122.37
AHA ACLS Woodson Education $250.00