the program prepare me to do?
is employable as an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT).
the duties of an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist?
Cardiovascular Technologist typically works in the cardiovascular
catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) of a hospital or clinic. The
Cath Lab performs sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify
cardiovascular disorders, including coronary artery disease; cardiac valve
disease; and overall cardiac function. Cardiovascular Technologists assist in diagnostic
cardiovascular catheterization studies on patients, including coronary
arteriography; hemodynamic monitoring and analysis; and electrophysiology
studies. They also assist the cardiologist in interventional repair procedures, including coronary angioplasty; rotablator procedures; and intra-coronary
there limited (selected) admission to the program?
due to the limitations of clinical sites. Students not
accepted into the program are encouraged to reapply the following year.
are the criteria for admission to the program?
applicant may be admitted to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program
based on the following criteria:
application fee (non-refundable)
letters of reference (1 work, 1 personal)
transcripts (official college transcripts)
A Criminal Background Check must also be completed after the panel interview. The
Criminal Background Check must be completed before final acceptance into the Program. In addition, if accepted to the program, the applicant is required to complete a urine drug screening prior to program start date. The cost of the screening is $65.00 (to be paid by applicant) and is offered through Saint Francis Hospital Occupational Health.
part does the Criminal Background Check play in my admission to the program?
applicant is required to inform the Program Director, in writing, of any
criminal charges on his/her record in any state or national jurisdiction upon
submission of an application for enrollment to the program. This information
needs to include an explanation of circumstances for possible review by an
admission committee. Applicants are notified of the procedure to complete a
background check at the completion of the panel interview.
How and when will I know if I have been accepted to the program?
application deadline for the Invasive CVT program is April 1st. Notification of
acceptance to the program will occur in May. All applicants will be contacted
by letter via mail whether they have been accepted into the program.
is class time and clinical rotation scheduled?
All classes and labs are scheduled during the day. Classroom days typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Clinical days may occur between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In addition, although not required, the student may opt to take call beyond the scheduled clinical time.
is the length of the program?
The School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program is one year in length.
can I sit for the Registry examination?
The graduate is eligible to sit for the invasive registry exam offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) just prior to, or upon graduation. Upon successful completion of the invasive registry exam, graduates earn the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential. All first attempt registration fees for the RCIS exam will be paid by the program upon passing the exam. For more information about CCI and the RCIS exam, please log on to: www.cci-online.org.
any of my previous college courses transferable into the program?
The program does not offer a degree or college credits. The program offers a
certificate in invasive cardiovascular technology that allows the student to
sit for the national registry exam. There is no advanced placement credit given
for significant academic or clinical experience.
is the cost of the program?
The total cost of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is $17,115.00, which includes the application fee, administrative duties, books, urine drug screening, and CCI credentialing exam. A urine drug screening ($65.00) and application fee ($50.00), although part of the total cost of the program, are to be paid separately. Once the candidate is notified of acceptance to the program, a deposit of $1,500.00 is to be paid within 14 days of the dated acceptance letter; the remaining balance of $15,115.00 is to be paid in full 14 days thereafter. Financial aid is not available and tuition is non-refundable.
A urine drug screening ($65.00) and application fee ($50.00), although part of the total cost of the program, are to be paid separately.
Once the candidate is notified of acceptance to the program, a deposit of $1,500.00 is to be paid within 14 days of the dated acceptance letter; the remaining balance of $16,000.00 is to be paid in full 14 days thereafter. Financial aid is not available and tuition is non-refundable.
the program offer a job placement service?
the program cannot guarantee employment, we do offer assistance with employment
at local hospitals and clinics.
salary range can I expect as an invasive cardiovascular technologist?
starting full-time registered technologist can expect to earn an estimated
$58,000 per year. The average salary for the Northeast is $70,000 per year with
senior staff earning upwards of $80,000 per year. This does not included an
estimated 10-15% increase of annual salary from overtime pay that is commonly
required in the Cath Lab setting. Salaries will vary depending on demographics
and are commensurate with experience.
there specific health, physical activity, or technical requirements for
advancement into the clinical phases of the Program?
A completed medical health form and self-assessment of Program Performance
Standards must be submitted and approved by the Program Director prior to
admission to clinical rotations. Please see the Program Performance Standards
Tab for details. This health record will contain results from a physical
examination and laboratory tests including immunization records. An updated
health record verified by a licensed physician or designee must be submitted on
a yearly basis before attending clinical courses.
Cardiovascular Technology students who do not meet the standards of good
physical and mental health, as required by clinical facilities for safe patient
care, may reapply and be considered for application to the program after
resolution of the health problem(s).
Is there a professional society for cath lab technologists?
Yes, the technologist can become a member of the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP).