Associate in Science (A.S.)
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 invasive tests. Valencia’s program provides students with the latest training available for this challenging and rewarding career.
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Program lasts for 6 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.
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.
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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Attend a Health Sciences Information Sessions for an overview of the limited access Health Science programs at Valencia College and the procedures for enrolling in them.
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.
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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 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(www.CAAHEP.org).
Exciting career opportunities are available in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs in acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities and privately-owned clinics.
|Student Retention||Graduate National RCIS Exam Pass Rate||Graduate Positive Job Placement
(1 Year post Graduation)
|Class of 2015||69%||100%||100%|
|Class of 2016||69%||100%||100%|
|Class of 2017||63%||100%||100%|
|Class of 2018||61%||100%||100%|
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.
Refer to the Program Guide for more information
Yes, some are offered online, however the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.
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.
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.
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)
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
The Cardiovascular Technology program accepts 18 students each Fall term.
The Cardiovascular Technology program is a daytime program located on the West campus; its time demands should be considered the equivalent of a full-time 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.