2023 - 2024 Dallas College Catalog

2023 - 2024 Catalog
Program: Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Title: Invasive Cardiovascular Technology A.A.S.

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.dallascollege.edu/hb1508.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

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: 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 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
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
CVTT 1201 Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Semester Total 12
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CVTT 1270 Cardiac Catheterization Lab Concepts and Techniques 2
CVTT 1313 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals 1 3
CVTT 1304 Cardiovascular Anatomny and Physiology 3
CVTT 1264 Practicum (Or Field Experience) - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 2
Semester Total 10
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CVTT 1340 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology 3
CVTT 1110 Cardiac Catheterization 1 1
CVTT 1350 Cardiac Catheterization 2 3
CVTT 1307 Cardiovascular Instrumentation 3
CVTT 1365 Practicum (Or Field Experience) - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CVTT 1471 Peripheral Vascular Studies, Radiologic Principles, and RCIS Board Review 4
CVTT 1153 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals 2 1
CVTT 1491 Special Topics in Cardiovascular Technology/Technician 4
CVTT 2364 Practicum (Or Field Experience) - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 3
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 60

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.