This 52-week program comprises an initial five weeks of dedicated classroom instruction, which includes
basic concepts of heart and vascular function and physiology. In addition, the
student will learn the basic fundamentals of the sterile environment prior
to attending the catheterization laboratory and their clinical rotation. The
student will then concentrate on core, didactic, lab, and clinical
cardiovascular courses throughout the remainder of the program. The remaining
weeks consist of four days of training and instruction at the clinical
site and one day of classroom didactic and lab instruction.
Clinical sites are completed at several hospitals within a 50-mile radius of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. These clinical settings provide experience at community hospitals and major teaching hospitals. Students are provided with hands-on experience while working with prominent diagnostic interventional cardiologists. This variety helps develop the essential skills necessary to become a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist and working professional. Students are given many opportunities to observe diagnostic and interventional catheterization laboratories in action such as diagnostic angiography studies and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures.