This program prepares graduates to assist with invasive diagnostic, interventional and electrophysiology procedures in a surgical setting such as a heart catheterization lab. Students will study x-ray technology, medication administration, patient care, and surgical technologies associated with these procedures. There is a strong emphasis on cardiac anatomy and physiology, cardiac pressures, radiation physics, left and right cardiac catheterizations, coronary angiogram, and commonly utilized equipment. Clinical hands-on experience is a major component of the program.
Clinical Affiliation: Students will be placed in a clinical affiliation for 7 months in medical centers throughout the United States. If a student does not complete specialty cardiovascular classes in three consecutive semesters, faculty and administration will determine whether courses must be repeated before enrolling in clinical internship.
Background checks and drug screenings are required for this program. Please see the Cardiovascular Policy Handbook and the Health Student Handbook for additional/adjusted rules, regulations and policies regarding the Cardiac, Invasive and Vascular programs.
SSS 100 Student Success (This class will be required of students who are not transferring in 9 college credits from an accredited institution.)
Beginning in 2015-2016, students will be required to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or complete Southeast Tech’s HC 106 Certified Nursing Assistant course prior to beginning program-specific coursework. These students, however, will not be required to take HC 121 and HC 121L Patient Care Techniques I (course and lab). For more details, please see admissions.
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