El Centro College - Degree Plans - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology AAS
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Degree Plans - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology AAS

(Associate in Applied Sciences 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. 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, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, Illinois 60601-2208, Telephone 312-553-9355) 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).

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills 2
HPRS 1202 Wellness and Health Promotion 2
HPRS 2231 General Health Professions Management 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra (4)
SCIT 1407 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR 4
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
19-20

SEMESTER II

HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
HPRS 2210 Basic Health Profession Skills II 2
HPRS 2201 Pathophysiology 2
SCIT 1408 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II OR 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
17

SEMESTER III (SUMMER)

CVTT 1313 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals I 3
CVTT 1304 Cardiovascular Anatomny and Physiology 3
CVTT 1360 Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 3
9

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
13

SEMESTER V (SPRING)

CVTT 2350 Cardiovascular Professional Transition 3
CVTT 1471 Peripheral Vascular Studies, Radiologic Principles, and RCIS Board Review 4
CVTT 2563 Clinical - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 5
12

Minimum Hours Required 70-71

+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.