Schools for Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists

A certification exam is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) for individuals who wish to become registered cardiovascular invasive specialists (RCIS). Students may qualify to become registered cardiovascular invasive specialists through CCI by completing a number of programs, including health science, engineering or nursing, with a focus in an area such as cardiovascular technology, invasive cardiology or vascular technology.

Cardiovascular invasive specialists assist doctors with invasive heart procedures and tests. Individuals aspiring to become registered cardiovascular invasive specialists can find education programs at community colleges, technical schools, teaching hospitals and 4-year universities.

Schools With Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Programs

Aspiring cardiovascular invasive specialists can get training at these colleges:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA 2-year, Public Associate's $3,576 in-state; $8,520 out-of-state
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,598 in-state; $7,554 out-of-state
El Centro College Dallas, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state
Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $3,401 in-state; $12,979 out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,830 in-state; $9,944 out-of-state
Grossmont College El Cajon, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,388 in-state; $7,196 out-of-state
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $6,015 in-district; $7,500 in-state; $8,940 out-of-state
Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,539 in-district; $2,541 in-state; $9,189 out-of-state
Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK 2-year, Public Associate's $2,900 in-state; $7,844 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

These are some important considerations for students looking at programs in this field:

  • Most employers prefer or require candidates to earn certification. Students may want to make sure that their program provides a invasive cardiovascular technology focus and will prepare them for the RCIS certification exam.
  • Associate's and bachelor's degree programs can both qualify graduates to enter directly into the field, but bachelor's degree programs typically offer more extensive clinical experiences and a broader range of coursework.
  • Experience or certification in additional aspects of the field could be professionally beneficial; there are multiple opportunities for specialization through courses in fetal, pediatric and adult echocardiography or vascular technology.
  • Distance education options may be available at some schools, particularly in programs designed as continuing education experiences for employed students; however, students should keep in mind that some courses and the clinical experiences typically require physical attendance.

Certificate in Cardiovascular Technology

Certificate programs in cardiovascular technology rarely offer an invasive specialization but can still qualify students for RCIS certification. These programs may take two or more years to complete, including coursework and clinical experiences.

Associate's Degree in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Associate's degree programs in invasive cardiovascular technology include coursework and clinical experiences. Because programs require general education courses and basic science courses such as anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, students may transfer easily from associate's degree programs to bachelor's degree programs.

Bachelor's Degree in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Bachelor's degree programs can be completed in four years. They include general education courses and clinical experiences. They also commonly require internships. A senior project may also be mandatory for completion. Courses at this level cover a broader range of topics than those at lower levels.

Individuals who want to become registered invasive cardiovascular specialists can enroll in accredited cardiovascular technology programs that allow for specialization in this subfield and prepare students for licensure and entry-level jobs in the field.

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