Programs And Courses

Cardiovascular Technologist - Invasive

Learn more about our Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist Associate in Science Degree Program.

Complete the clinical application for Fall 2021 online using SurveyMonkey will be here spring 2021.

CVT letter to students (January 2021)  (pdf)

What does an invasive cardiovascular technologist do?  

Invasive cardiovascular technologists have various duties. They:

  • Assist physicians with cardiac catheterization procedures (a small tube - a catheter - is guided through the patient's blood vessels into the heart or cardiovascular system).
  • Perform and review patient assessment
  • Provide patient care before, during and after procedures
  • Administer medications under the direction of a physician
  • Operate and maintain equipment
  • Develop differential diagnoses based on the patient's history and examination findings

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How much does the program cost?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf) for a list of estimated expenses.


What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials? 

Upon successful completion you: 

  • will earn an Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Associate in Science Degree 
  • are eligible to sit for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). 


What are the required courses?

  • Download a list of Required Courses. The list includes a sample schedule (pdf).
  • HACC holds CVT classes at the Lancaster campus. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.
  • HACC assigns clinical rotations within 90 miles of the Lancaster campus. Several hospitals in the Lancaster, York, Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas are affiliated with the program.
  • Transportation to and from clinical affiliates is your responsibility.


What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinical?

  • Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program.  Work closely with your advisor to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
  • Download the Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf).
  • Attend a mandatory information session. If you are applying for CVT clinicals in 2021 you MUST attend one of these sessions.Future students as well as current students are welcome to attend.

    Topics covered at all sessions will be: Rigors of the program; Point system;Program start date

    • RSVP to Tami Burkholder (717-358-2837) with your name, HACCID (if you have one), phone number & email (Please use your HAWKMAIL address if you are a current student) and indicate which program (invasive or sonography) you plan to apply to.
      • Wednesday, March 24 from 10-11am

      • Wednesday, March 31 from 6-7pm

  • Complete the clinical application for Fall 2021 online using SurveyMonkey will be here spring 2021.  (pdf)

Is the program accredited? 

The CVT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)   

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Can I advance my education in this field?  

  • This program leads directly to an occupation.
  • Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in a health related field in order to transition into a management, education or industry position.
    • Franklin University offers a BS in Allied Healthcare Management.
    •  Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration.
    • Immaculata University offers an accelerated BA in Health Care Management. They offer classes in accelerated format at HACC's Lancaster Campus.


What are the program goals?  

Program goals are to prepare students to:

  • Be competent entry-level cardiovascular technologists.
  • Demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains for adult cardiac catheterization.


What is the most current (2016-2018) program effectiveness data?  


Graduation Year


RCIS Exam Pass Rate

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prior to graduation)


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How can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact an Admissions Counselor, by phone at 800-ABC-HACC, or by email at


Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program Office
HACC Lancaster Campus
East Building, Room 207
1641 Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA 17602