Cardiovascular Technology

Associate in Science Degree

The Cardiovascular Technology Program was established in 2002 and graduated its inaugural class of students in 2004.  The program educates and prepares the student to become an Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist known as a Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT).  The Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist is a health care professional and an integral member of the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory teams.  The CVT's primary role is to perform, at the direction of a qualified physician, technical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular injury and disease.  The CVT is trained in the competent use of specific high-technology equipment, normal and abnormal cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, electrophysiology, hemodynamic monitoring, sterile technique, radiation safety, and patient care techniques. 

Upon graduation, positions are available in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs in acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, and privately-owned clinics. With professional experience and additional education, career opportunities also are available in electrophysiology, echocardiography, management, education, marketing and sales.  Graduates are eligible to take the national Registered Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist exam administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International. 

The program is a limited access, two-year Associate in Science degree program.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The Program Guide, application and application deadline may be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health.

Bachelor of Science Degree

Students with a completed Associate degree in Respiratory Care, Cardiovascular Technology, or Cardiopulmonary Technology may continue their education by pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences at Valencia College. The Cardiopulmonary Sciences professions are challenging and growing professions with career opportunities in areas such ascardiopulmonary diagnostics, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, community health, and polysomnography. With professional experience and additional education at the baccalaureate level, opportunities for management and education career options are enhanced.

The program guide may be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health/admissionupdates.cfm

Program Outcomes

  Student Retention Graduate National RCIS Exam Pass Rate Graduate Positive Job Placement
(1 Year post Graduation)
Class of 2012
47%
100%
100%
Class of 2013
31%
100%
100%
Class of 2014
44%
100%
100%
Class of 2015
69%
100%
100%
Class of 2016 69% Graduation
7/29/2016
Graduation
7/29/2016

What do Cardiovascular Technologists do?

Listen and watch Dr. Martinelli with St. Peters Health Partners in Albany New York explain:
Cardiac Catherization


Listen and watch Dr Interian Jr with Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida explain:
Cardiac Electrophysiology