Schools for Aspiring Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists

Dec 09, 2019

Invasive cardiovascular technologists work under the direction of a physician to test, diagnose and treat patients with heart disease or other conditions. Technologists may assist with inserting catheters into a patient's heart or administering blood-clotting medications to a patient during surgery. Associate's degrees are most commonly offered in the field.

Cardiovascular technology programs can typically be found at community colleges, technical schools and a few four-year universities. Students can major in invasive cardiovascular technology or choose the subject as a concentration within a broader cardiovascular technology program.

10 Schools with Cardiovascular Technology Programs

Here are some schools that offer programs in invasive cardiovascular technology:

University/College Location Degree Offered Institution Type Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI 2-year, Public Associate's $4,589 in-state
$6,602 out-of-state
St. Philip's College San Antonio, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $2,820 in-district
$6,300 in-state
$13,830 out-of-state
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $40,651
Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $6,683 in-district
$7,935 in-state
$9,435 out-of-state
Sentara College of Health Sciences Chesapeake, VA 4-year, Private-not-for-profit Associate's $2,803
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, Public Associate's $3,547 in-state
$8,914 out-of-state
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD 2-year, Public Associate's $6,240
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,878 in-state
$9,992 out-of-state
Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $5,812 in-state
$13,087 out-of-state
Howard Community College Columbia, MD 2-year, Public Associate's $3,936 in-district
$6,048 in-state
$7,248 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

These are some important considerations when choosing a cardiovascular technology school:

  • When selecting an invasive cardiovascular technology school, individuals should confirm that the program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology (JRCCVT), a division of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Graduating from a JRCCVT-accredited program may be required for state licensure.
  • Prospective invasive cardiovascular technicians should ensure that a program prepares graduates to sit for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam, which provides certification required by many states to obtain licensure.
  • Students should consider the amount of clinical experience required by a program and how it will fit their schedule, as some require only one clinical rotation, while others may require as much as the entire second year of study in an associate's degree program to be comprised entirely of clinical experiences.
  • Students should make sure they meet the minimum requirements for admission into the program. For instance, some schools require applicants to have completed courses in anatomy, physiology and patient care, while others require applicants to have completed as many as 200 hours of work experience in a cardiovascular health center.

Associate's Degree Programs

These 2-year programs contain general education and cardiovascular-specific courses and typically result in either an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science. Almost all programs provide students with hands-on experience in performing tests and procedures in labs and clinics. Graduates of these programs may be able to sit for the RCIS exam and potentially become certified in the field.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor's degree programs in invasive cardiovascular technology build on the introduction to the field offered at the associate's degree level. In addition to providing basic patient care, students gain extensive experience operating cardiac assist pumps, using imaging equipment for diagnostics and assisting with percutaneous revascularization. Most programs can be completed within five years.

In an accredited undergraduate degree program that covers invasive cardiovascular technology, students can prepare for state licensure, and they can get the hands-on training they need to prepare for a job in the field.

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