Cardiovascular Technology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Cardiovascular Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career as a cardiovascular technologist.

As a cardiovascular technologist, you would work side-by-side with cardiologists and physicians to diagnose and treat heart disease and vascular problems. You would also serve as an integral member of the cardiac catheterization laboratory team, whose primary role is to conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients and assist with electrocardiograms, heart catheterizations and similar tests. Valencia’s program provides students with the latest training available for this challenging and rewarding career.

 

Program Overview

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.

 

Program Length

Program lasts for 5 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.

 

Alternative Credit

Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? You may receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications.

 

Average Salary

Valencia’s A.S. Degree and Certificate programs placement rate ranges between 90% – 95%. Cardiovascular Technology average salaries ranges from $40,000 - $50,000

 

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Admission into Cardiovascular Technology

 

Application Information

  • Application Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Begins: Fall 2019
  • Application: Download should be available March 2019

Health Sciences Advising

The advising staff can answer program-specific questions, assist in career and educational planning, and offer expert educational guidance for students seeking career opportunities through the completion of an A.S. or B.S. Degree or a Certificate program.

Location, Hours and Contact

West Campus

Steps for Admission to Program

  • 1Attend a Program Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 2Apply to Valencia College.
  • 3Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
  • 4Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.

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.

Cardiovascular Tech Videos

An Inside Look at Cardiovascular Technology
Electrophysiological Study Catheter Ablation
Cardiac Cath with Angioplasty

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) located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, phone 727-210-2350 (www.CAAHEP.org).

Career Outlook

Learn How To

  • Assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease and blood vessel ailments
  • Assist cardiologists with cardiac catheterization and balloon angioplasty procedures
  • Monitor blood pressure and heart rates of patients
  • Work closely with physicians in caring for cardiac patients

Job Outlook

Exciting career opportunities are available in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs in acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities and privately-owned clinics.

Potential Careers

  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Specialist
  • Cardiovascular Technician

Program Outcomes

  Student Retention Graduate National RCIS Exam Pass Rate Graduate Positive Job Placement
(1 Year post Graduation)
Class of 2013 31% 100% 100%
Class of 2014 44% 100% 100%
Class of 2015 69% 100% 100%
Class of 2016 69% 100% 100%
Class of 2017 63% 100% 100%

Frequently Asked Questions

Cardiovascular Technology

Do I need to be a student at Valencia to apply?

Yes. You must complete the admission process to the college before you submit a Cardiovascular Technology program application. You can apply online or email enrollment@valenciacollege.edu if you have any questions.

Can International students apply?

Yes. Students must be a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold a non-immigrant visa with employment authorization. Non-immigrant status students can visit the U.S. Department of State directory of visa categories to verify employment eligibility.

What courses do I need to take prior to applying?

  • BSC 2093C Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BSC 2094C Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra

Refer to the Program Guide for more information

Are the prerequisite courses offered online?

Yes, some are offered online, however the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.

Do I have to take all the prerequisites at a particular campus?

No, you may take the prerequisite courses at any Valencia campus location. However, if accepted, Cardiovascular Technology courses are only offered on the West campus.

Will my courses from other colleges transfer to Valencia?

Once you have applied to Valencia, you will need to request official transcripts sent from your previous institution. The admissions office will evaluate all transcripts once they are received to determine transfer credit.

Do I need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before I apply?

Yes, you must complete the ATI TEAS. The examination fee is your responsibility. More information on the TEAS is available at Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Can I use TEAS scores from another institution?

Yes. Students who complete the TEAS at another institution must request an official score report from ATI as a paper copy is not accepted. Requests can be made online via www.atitesting.com

How many students are accepted into the program?

The Cardiovascular Technology program accepts 18 students each Fall term.

What is the schedule like if I am accepted into the program?

The Cardiovascular Technology program is a daytime program located on the West campus; its time demands should be considered the equivalent of a fulltime job as in addition to lecture, lab and clinicals, students are expected to study between 15-25 hours a week - if a student chooses to work while in the program, a maximum of 15 hours a week is recommended due to the demands of the program. Time management is crucial to successful program completion! The specific schedule can vary from term to term and from year to year.

How do I apply?

Download & fill out the Cardiovascular Technology Application. Return your completed application to Health Sciences Advising along with a non-refundable Health Sciences program application fee of $15

  • By mail:

    Send the application along with a check or money order payable to Valencia College to the address listed below:
    Valencia College
    Business Office
    P.O. Box 4913.
    Orlando, FL 32802
  • In person:

    Make payment in the Business Office on any Valencia Campus & request that the Business Office forward your program application & fee receipt to the Health Sciences Advising office at mail code 4-30

Please make sure you have met all admission requirements and your application is complete, as missing documentation or requirements can result in denied admission. All items listed on the Program Guide Admission Checklist must be completed PRIOR to submitting a Health Information Technology Application