Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) profession is one of the fastest growing fields
in healthcare. With the demand for highly skilled healthcare workers
increasing, the School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology has been developed to meet the needs of the
profession and community.
The School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is a one-year, full-time, highly
specialized certificate program that will train you to become a knowledgeable
healthcare professional who is able to assist in diagnostic procedures in the
catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) setting.
Students will begin the program by learning the basic
fundamentals of heart and vascular function and physiology. Students then concentrate on core, didactic, lab, and clinical cardiovascular courses.
Clinical practicum occurs at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and at affiliated hospitals
Working in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, the
invasive technologist assists in utilizing x-ray and monitoring equipment in
performing invasive diagnostic tests to determine heart function. The invasive
technologist assists the physician during catheterization by providing the
appropriate instruments, by operating various pieces of electronic medical
equipment, and by calculating clinical information for interpretation by the
Upon graduation, the invasive technologist will be trained to work
with cardiologists, cardiovascular nurses, and other highly skilled healthcare
specialists to perform sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify
cardiac disorders. Testing includes the evaluation of coronary artery disease,
cardiac valve disease, and disorders of the heart’s electrical conduction