Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive
Below is information on the Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive Associate Degree Program (351P) -Lancaster Campus.
What is an invasive cardiovascular technologist?
An invasive cardiovascular (Cardiac Catheterizations) technologist has multiple duties. You must:
- Be a health care professional who is highly specialized and knowledgeable.
- Be educated and trained to perform invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The physician directs these procedures to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with cardiac disease.
- Assist the physician with invasive procedures using a small tube or catheter. You wind the catheter through a patient's blood vessel from a spot on the leg into the heart. This procedure determines if a blockage exists. Doctors also use this procedure for other diagnostic purposes.
- Have specialized technical skills. You must also possess critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability. You must have medical knowledge, including anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
- Correlate related patient data.
- Apply physics principles to obtain the best optimal images. Optimal images lead to an accurate diagnosis.
- Develop differential diagnoses based on the patient's history and examination findings.
Learn more about the career (RCIS Scope of Practice)
How much do cardiac catheterizations technologists make locally?
The median salary for a cardiac catheterization technologist in Lancaster is $61,123 as of November 2013. Visit www.salary.com for more information on local salaries.
What is the objective of the program?
The cardiac sonography (CVT) program prepares you to be a competent entry-level cardiovascular technologist. We prepare students in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains for adult cardiac catheterization.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( CAAHEP) accredits the CVT program.
How do I enroll in the program?
This is a selective program. Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical portion of the program. You will begin as a Pre-Invasive CVT student.
To enroll, you must:
- Work with your advisor. Apply to the clinical/core component of the program.
Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications
(pdf, rev 7/3/14).
- Download letter regarding mandatory information sessions (Oct. 20, Nov. 3) for 2015 clinical application (pdf 8/29/14)
- Complete the clinical application (online using Survey Monkey) - deadline Dec. 1, 2014 for May 2015 clinical start.
What are the required courses?
Download a list of Required Courses. The list includes a sample schedule (pdf, rev 5/13).
Where does HACC hold clinicals?
Several hospitals in the Lancaster, York, Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas are affiliated with the Invasive CVT program. All laboratory classes for the Invasive CVT program are held at the Lancaster campus. Transportation to and from clinical affiliates is your responsibility.
You may need to drive up to 90 miles to attend a clinical site.
What are the additional costs to complete the program?
Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 5/14) for a list of estimated expenses.
Program effectiveness data
- Five-year program completion rate -82%
- Program performance on national board exam (five years) -98%
- Job placement -90%
Is this a transfer program?
HACC has designed this program for entry into a career. It is not intended for transfer. You may be able to transfer the general education courses to a four-year institution.
How do I apply for clinicals?
Submit your clinical application online, using Survey Monkey. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Applications are available in the fall.
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
- HACC awards you an Associate in Science Degree for successful completion of the program.
- A nationally-registered invasive cardiovascular technologist holds the RCIS credential. After graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
- As a cardiovascular technology student, you are eligible to sit for the CCT or CRAT exams following successful completion of the CVT 103 clinical rotation.
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) offers the exams for these credentials.
How can I further my education?
- Franklin University offers a BS in Healthcare Management.
- Immaculata University offers an accelerated BA in Health Care Management. They offer classes in accelerated format at HACC's Lancaster Campus.
Where can I get more information?
- Download the FAQ (pdf).
- View a video explaining cardiac catheterization .
- View a video of local people explaining the procedure at the Phoenixville Hospital.
- Read an article about the new simulator in the HACC lab, written by Lois Schaffer (July 2010).
- Download the Career brochure From Sloan Career Cornerstone Center (pdf).
- Visit Career InfoNet for salary and job outlook statistics, career video and licensing requirements.
- Visit Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals . Select "Careers" at the top of the page.
- Visit Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals .
Who can I contact for more information?
(717) 780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program Office
HACC Lancaster Campus
East Building, Room 207
1641 Old Philadelphia Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602