What will the program prepare me to do?
The graduate is employable as an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT).
What are the duties of an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist?
An Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist typically works in the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) of a hospital or clinic. The Cath Lab performs sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify cardiovascular disorders, including coronary artery disease; cardiac valve disease; and overall cardiac function. Cardiovascular Technologists assist in diagnostic cardiovascular catheterization studies on patients, including coronary arteriography; hemodynamic monitoring and analysis; and electrophysiology studies. They also assist the cardiologist in interventional repair procedures, including coronary angioplasty; rotablator procedures; and intra-coronary stenting.
Is there limited (selected) admission to the program?
Yes, due to the limitations of clinical sites. Students not accepted into the program are encouraged to reapply the following year.
What are the criteria for admission to the program?
An applicant may be admitted to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program based on the following criteria:
- $50 application fee (non-refundable)
- Two letters of reference (1 work, 1 personal)
- Educational transcripts (official college transcripts)
A Criminal Background Check must also be completed after the panel interview. The Criminal Background Check must be completed before final acceptance into the Program. In addition, if accepted to the program, the applicant is required to complete a urine drug screening prior to program start date. The cost of the screening is $65.00 (to be paid by applicant) and is offered through Saint Francis Hospital Occupational Health.
What part does the Criminal Background Check play in my admission to the program?
Each applicant is required to inform the Program Director, in writing, of any criminal charges on his/her record in any state or national jurisdiction upon submission of an application for enrollment to the program. This information needs to include an explanation of circumstances for possible review by an admission committee. Applicants are notified of the procedure to complete a background check at the completion of the panel interview.
How and when will I know if I have been accepted to the program?
The application deadline for the Invasive CVT program is the first week of March and the notification of acceptance to the program will occur 6-8 weeks thereafter. All applicants will be contacted by letter via mail or by phone whether they have been accepted into the program. A formal interview will occur prior to acceptance into the program.
When is class time and clinical rotation scheduled?
All classes and labs are scheduled during the day. Classroom days typically run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Clinical days may occur between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In addition, although not required, the student may opt to take call beyond the scheduled clinical time.
What is the length of the program?
The School of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program is one year in length.
When can I sit for the Registry examination?
The graduate is eligible to sit for the invasive registry exam offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) just prior to, or upon graduation. Upon successful completion of the invasive registry exam, graduates earn the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential. All first attempt registration fees for the RCIS exam will be paid by the program upon passing the exam. For more information about CCI and the RCIS exam, please log on to: www.cci-online.org.
Are any of my previous college courses transferable into the program?
No. The program does not offer a degree or college credits. The program offers a certificate in invasive cardiovascular technology that allows the student to sit for the national registry exam. There is no advanced placement credit given for significant academic or clinical experience.
What is the cost of the program?
The total cost of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is $17,000.00, which includes the application fee, administrative duties, and books. A urine drug screening ($65.00) application fee ($50.00), and exam registry fee ($350.00), although part of the application process, acceptance into the program, and graduation requirement, are to be paid separately. Note the exam registry fee (due in July) will be reimbursed to the student after graduation from the program.
Once the candidate is notified of acceptance to the program, a deposit of $1,500.00 is to be paid within 14 days of the dated acceptance letter; the remaining balance of $15,500 is to be paid in full 14 days thereafter. Note that Financial Aid is not available and tuition is non-refundable once submitted.
Does the program offer a job placement service?
Although the program cannot guarantee employment, we do offer assistance with employment at local hospitals and clinics.
What salary range can I expect as an invasive cardiovascular technologist?
A starting full-time registered technologist can expect to earn an estimated $58,000 per year. The average salary for the Northeast is $70,000 per year with senior staff earning upwards of $80,000 per year. This does not included an estimated 10-15% increase of annual salary from overtime pay that is commonly required in the Cath Lab setting. Salaries will vary depending on demographics and are commensurate with experience.
Is there specific health, physical activity, or technical requirements for advancement into the clinical phases of the Program?
Yes. A completed medical health form and self-assessment of Program Performance Standards must be submitted and approved by the Program Director prior to admission to clinical rotations. Please see the Program Performance Standards Tab for details. This health record will contain results from a physical examination and laboratory tests including immunization records. An updated health record verified by a licensed physician or designee must be submitted on a yearly basis before attending clinical courses.
Note: Invasive Cardiovascular Technology students who do not meet the standards of good physical and mental health, as required by clinical facilities for safe patient care, may reapply and be considered for application to the program after resolution of the health problem(s).
Is there a professional society for cath lab technologists?
Yes, the technologist can become a member of the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP).