2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jul 12, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, AAS

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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

  • Demonstrate understanding of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology concepts.
  • Apply fundamental principles of radiation physics.
  • Operate cardiovascular equipment to obtain diagnostic data.
  • Evaluate and assess diagnostic data obtained during cardiovascular procedures
  • Measure and calculate data obtained from various diagnostic modalities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of physiological benefits of interventional procedures.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize interventional equipment for treatment of cardiovascular pathologies.

 Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Compare and contrast analytical data provided from various cardiovascular diagnostic and imaging modalities.
  • Identify cardiovascular physiology from images and data provided from diagnostic imaging modalities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the how interventional procedures are selected based upon patient pathologies.
  • Demonstrate ability to problem solve equipment difficulties associated with cardiovascular invasive procedures.
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate and respond to changing patient conditions.


  • Demonstrate ability to function and act as a cardiovascular specialist in the clinical environment
  • Exhibit strong work ethic, self-esteem, integrity, honesty, sociability and interpersonal skills.
  • Show compassion for patients and treat patients with dignity and respect.
  • Demonstrate quality and friendly service when acting as a cardiovascular specialist in the clinical environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with clients in diverse situations; exhibiting flexibility and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate respect diversity within different cultures.
  • Plan for advancement and professional development by setting goals, by continuing training, exploring new technology, conduct research and learning of opportunities for career and degree advancement.
  • Identify methods to continue education in regards to technological advancements within the cardiovascular profession.


  • Demonstrate proper teamwork dynamics.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate with team members and physicians in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate appropriate information to patients, family, and medical team in an empathetic and confidential manner.
  • Demonstrate ability to accurately and coherently communicate in digital and written documentation.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform presentation on cardiovascular topics within the classroom environment.


Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 98

Prerequisites to Invasive Cardiovascular

Summer Semester

Additional Information

Requirements: Achievement of a grade of “C” or higher for Prerequisites to Invasive Cardiovascular (CHEM, PHYS and MATH), SSS, HC,CV and CVI courses.

Clinical placement by Program Chair.

Registry Requirements: In order to maintain CAAHEP accreditation, all Cardiovascular graduates must take a registry examination at the earliest possible date after completion of the Cardiovascular program.

Students entering a program in any semester other than outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

Estimated total program fees

Tuition $10,192
Fees $8,722
Books and Supplies $2,550
Moving & Travel $ 3,000
Physical and Immunizations $ 100
Background Check/Drug Screen $ 120
Other $ 755
TOTAL $25,439

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