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: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.
(Associate of Applied Science Degree)
El Centro only
- Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
- Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.
Degree Plan Code: AAS.INVCARD.TECH.10
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is a two-year AAS degree program. The intensive didactic and clinical training program includes study of the theory of techniques used in diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of cardiovascular disease in humans. The program prepares the graduate for employment in the medical specialty of an invasive cardiovascular technologist.
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. A minimum grade requirement of "C" or better is required in all courses. 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 College 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, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 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, 9111 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-1699, Telephone 301-493-2334).
SEMESTER I (FALL)
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|BIOL 2401||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|MATH 1314||College Algebra||3|
|+Elective||Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3|
SEMESTER II (SPRING)
|BIOL 2402||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|SPCH 1311||Introduction to Speech Communication||3|
|HIST 1301||United States History I||3|
|PSYC 2301||General Psychology||3|
SEMESTER III (SUMMER)
|CVTT 1313||Catheterization Lab Fundamentals I||3|
|CVTT 1304||Cardiovascular Anatomny and Physiology||3|
|CVTT 1360||Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist||3|
SEMESTER IV (FALL)
|CVTT 1340||Cardiovascular Pathophysiology||3|
|CVTT 1110||Cardiac Catheterization I||1|
|CVTT 1350||Cardiac Catheterization II||3|
|CVTT 1153||Catheterization Lab Fundamentals II||1|
|CVTT 2560||Clinical-Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist||5|
SEMESTER V (SPRING)
|CVTT 1471||Peripheral Vascular Studies, Radiologic Principles, and RCIS Board Review||4|
|CVTT 2563||Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist||5|
|PSYC 2314||Lifespan Growth and Development||3|
|Minimum Hours Required||60|
+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.
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.