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Medical Programs

Spencerian Louisville Invasive Cardiovascular Student

Make a difference with an Invasive Cardiovascular Technology associate degree.

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is a highly specialized program and will train you to become a knowledgeable health care professional who is educated and able to perform diagnostic procedures at the request of the physician to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with cardiac disease.

The mission of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is to provide educational opportunities for you to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes conducive to the challenges within the field of invasive cardiology. Experiences prepare you to practice safely and effectively with clients who have diverse cardiovascular health needs. Additionally, the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program's purpose is to prepare you for an entry-level position in the field of cardiovascular diagnostic medicine. Within the stimulating college environment, you will be afforded the opportunity to achieve educational and personal growth goals while developing the technical skills necessary for success as a professional Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist.

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology .

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350

After graduation, you will be eligible to apply for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam through Cardiac Credentialing International at www.cci-online.org.

What type of person would this program appeal to?

This medical field would appeal to you if you are interested in patient care but are also interested in the mechanical aspect of helping patients by use of x-ray c-arm, stents, catheters, pacemakers, etc. You would also enjoy this program if you're interested in being side-by-side with the cardiologist in performing procedures and interventions.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in this program?

In this program, you will:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the development and growth of the health care industry with specific reference to cardiovascular imaging modalities
  • Develop basic patient care skills that are appropriate for successful functioning as an invasive cardiovascular technologist
  • Develop communication skills for interacting with patients, peers, other health care professionals
  • Develop an understanding of the biological effects of radiation on humans and utilize the appropriate radiation protective equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic cardiovascular positioning, as well as the skills for basic cardiovascular procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the composition and appropriate utilization of radiographic contrast media and cardiology medicines
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the pathological process and the common pathology demonstrated by cardiovascular procedures and imaging
  • Understand the basic organization and operation of a cardiovascular technology department

What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?

Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists work in hospitals in Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (Cardiac Cath Lab). Technologists assist the physician in utilizing catheters, balloons, stents and monitoring equipment. Technologists also assist the physician in performing interventions such as angioplasty / stent placements and pacemaker insertions.

What is the most important or unique thing about this program?

You will learn a career in healthcare, earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, and will be eligible for the national board exam Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).

What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Cath Lab Digest
Heart Site
Joint Review Committee on Cardiovascular Technology
Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals

If you'd like to learn more about Spencerian's Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, request more information or if you're ready to get started, enroll today!

Degrees Offered

  • Associate degree

Campus

  • Louisville

Program Success

Course List

Class Title
Credit Hours
121+ English I
4
110A College Success Strategies
2
176 Medical Terminology
4
151+ College Mathematics
4
211 Health & Safety Techniques
3
171 Medical Law & Ethics
4
122+ English II
4
172 Anatomy & Physiology I
4
245A Career Development
2
293+ Personal Psychology
4
173 Anatomy & Physiology II
4
CVT100 Introduction to Invasive Cardiology
4
CVT200 Cardiovascular Anatomy & Physiology
4
CVT201 Cardiac Pharmacology & Disease
4
CVT202 Radiation Physics, Biology & Protection
4
CVT203 Advanced Patient Care & Assessment
4
CVT204 Chemistry & Special Topics in Invasive Cardiovascular Science
4
CVT300 ECG Interpretation & Pacemakers
4
CVT301 Cardiovascular Diagnostic Techniques I
3
CVT302 Imaging Systems & Angiography
3
CVT303 Hemodynamic Data & Monitoring
4
CVT304 Cardiovascular Clinical I
3
CVT400 Cardiovascular Diagnostic Techniques II
4
CVT403 Hemodynamics & Cardiovascular Topics
4
CVT405 Cardiovascular Clinical II
8
CVT500 Cardiovascular Special Topics & Review
4
CVT505 Cardiovascular Clinical III
12
CVT605 Advanced Cardiovascular Clinical
12
Total Credit Hours
124

*Courses subject to change.