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2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Degree Plan: Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit:

(Advanced Technical Certificate)

El Centro campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: ATC.INVASIVE.CARD.04

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate is for a student having at least a previous Associate Degree in a designated allied health field or associate degree nursing, or a B.S. degree with a major in a science discipline. Potential students will be considered on an individual basis to determine if they have an adequate background in anatomy, physiology, and math. A background in basic ECGs and pharmacology is also required, which may be verified by either college-level coursework or job skills tested by examination. Basic ECG and pharmacology assessment examinations will be available by special request. A minimum passing grade of 70% is required on the appropriate test(s) and test results must be included with program application material submitted to the Health Occupations Admissions Office prior to the application deadline. If minimum score(s) are not achieved, the applicant can enroll in and complete the appropriate course(s) to qualify for application consideration. Upon successful completion of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate program, an Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) will be awarded.

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology students study the theory of techniques used in diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of cardiovascular disease in humans. Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists work in cardiac catheterization laboratories. They assist the cardiologist in performing intracardiac pressure and electrical measurements, oximetry determination, angiocardiography, and measurement/calculation of cardiac function indices. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist assists in all phases of cardiac catheterization procedures, including catheter insertion, operation of the electronic instruments, and calculation of the cardiac data used by the physician in confirming diagnosis and designing treatment for the cardiac patient, as well as care of the patient during procedures.

Admission requirements include an information session, satisfactory scores on pre-entrance assessment testing, completion of program prerequisite courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and completion of all requirements for admission as a full-time student to the college. Applicants are rank-ordered for admission based on grade point earned on prerequisite courses, interviews, and recommendation letters. Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro campus to sign up for the assessment tests, and Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North; Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33763; Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354 in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT), 1449 Hill Street; Whitinsvile, MA 01588; Phone: 978-456-5594; Fax: 727-210-2354.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CVTT 1313 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals 1 3
CVTT 1304 Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology 3
CVTT 1360 Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CVTT 1340 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology 3
CVTT 1110 Cardiac Catheterization 1 1
CVTT 1350 Cardiac Catheterization 2 3
CVTT 1153 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals 2 1
CVTT 2560 Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 5
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CVTT 1471 Peripheral Vascular Studies, Radiologic Principles, and RCIS Board Review 4
CVTT 2563 Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 5
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 31

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.