The Cardiovascular Technology program trains technologists to operate sophisticated equipment in assisting physicians with diagnosing and treating patients with cardiac disease. The primary focus is on invasive cardiology procedures. The technologists are trained to work in a cardiac catheterization laboratory where they prepare patients for and assist the physician with a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures usually performed via radiologically-guided catheters and other instrumentation.
Most cardiovascular technologists work in hospital cardiology departments, while some work in cardiologists’ offices, cardiac rehabilitation centers, or ambulatory surgery centers. This curriculum was written to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for Cardiovascular Technologists. Graduates of this two-year program will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cardiovascular Technology and are eligible to make application to sit for the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) Exam.
Industry standards are based on the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) Examination Outline. Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology program is very competitive. A new cohort is accepted each fall semester.