Saint Francis Hospital Establishes School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut School is First in New England  

(Hartford, Conn. April 29, 2014) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is accepting applications for the inaugural class of the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology – the first of its kind in New England and one of only a handful of hospital-based programs in the country.

The year-long certification program is accepting applications for classes commencing in October 2014. Only eight to10 candidates will be selected annually to participate in the program. The highly-specialized program will train technologists to become knowledgeable healthcare professionals who assist in procedures performed in the catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) setting.  In addition, a program in Electrophysiology Technology will be offered for those seeking certification as a cardiovascular electrophysiology specialist.Applicants for the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program must either hold a two-year AMA Allied Health degree; or, have worked as a paramedic with a minimum of two years of experience, and be a graduate of an accredited paramedic training program; or, have worked in a catheterization and/or electrophysiology laboratory with a minimum of three years of experience with required courses in human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, medical terminology; or hold any bachelor’s degree with required courses in human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, medical terminology, or a bachelor's degree in health sciences. 

“The school provides a progressive curriculum in which caring and compassion are integrated into the development of both professional and technical expertise,” states Daniel J. Diver, M.D., Medical Director, Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut and Chief of Cardiology, at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology will parallel the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute’s School of Cardiac Ultrasound, directed by Richard Palma, RDCS, FASE. The cardiac ultrasound school is in its 14th year of serving the community and is one of the most successful accredited schools in the country.

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) profession is one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare. The School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology has been developed to meet the needs of both the profession and the community. Employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians is expected to grow 24 percent through 2018, much faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics. A starting full-time registered technologist can expect to earn an estimated $58,000 per year. The average salary in the Northeast is $70,000 per year, with senior staff earning upwards of $80,000 per year.

The Saint Francis program also prepares students for the national invasive registry exam offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).The program is comprised of an initial five-to-ten weeks of dedicated classroom instruction, with initial concentration on the basic concepts of heart and vascular function and physiology. In addition, students will learn the basic fundamentals of the sterile environment prior to attending the catheterization laboratory and beginning their clinical rotation.

Students will then concentrate on core, didactic, lab, and clinical cardiovascular courses throughout the remainder of the program. The remaining weeks consist of three to four days of training and instruction at a clinical site, and one to two days of classroom didactic and lab instruction. Clinical practicum occurs at Saint Francis, and at affiliated hospitals throughout Connecticut.

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. 

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The School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology website. 

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit