Programs And Courses

Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive

Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive


Below is information on the Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive Associate Degree Program (351P) -Lancaster Campus.

The CVT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) (http://www.caahep.org),

1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756. Phone: 727-210-2350.

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 invasive 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:

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 7/14) 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?


Where can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information?

Health Careers 


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