The Invasive 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 throughout Connecticut.
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 physician.
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 system.