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Interventional Cardiac and Vascular Technology - Cardiac

Curriculum Description

The Interventional Cardiac and Vascular Technology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify as an entry-level Intervention Cardiac and Vascular Specialist.

Course work will include radiographic physics, radiation protection, patient care, ECG, pharmacology, anatomy and pathology. Clinical rotations will provide experiences with advanced radiographic imaging equipment and medications used to visualize human vasculature and organs.

Graduates should qualify for eligibility to apply for and take the Registered Cardiovascular Intervention Technology (RCIS) exams given by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

The ICVT certificate in Cardiovascular Technology Program allows the student to obtain his/her own clinical experiences while completing theory course work online. Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for and take the advanced Cardiovascular Interventional (CI) exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers advanced Cardiac/Vascular certification for registered nurses.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 51.0901
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
ICV 110 Patient Care/Fundamentals 2 2 0 3
ICV 111 ICV Electrocardiography 0 3 0 1
ICV 112 ICV Ionizing Radiation Effects 2 0 0 2
ICV 216 ICV Pharmacology 3 0 0 3
    7 5 0 9

Spring Semester
ICV 114 ICV Physics I 1 2 0 2
ICV 217 Inter Equip & Supplies 2 2 0 3
ICV 218 Cardiac Physiology & Proc 3 0 0 3
    6 4 0 8

Total Credit Hours: 17


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Radiography students who have graduated within 5 years of acceptance into the ICVT Cardiac Certificate Program will be issued transfer credit for ICV 112.

Paramedics, respiratory therapy, and nursing students who have graduated within 5 years of acceptance into the ICVT Cardiac Certificate Program will be offered the opportunity to CLEP out of ICV 111 and ICV 216.

Additional admissions requirements: (Must provide proof of)

  1. Overall GPA of 2.8 for acceptance into program.
  2. Graduation from an eligible program (B.S. Biology, Echo, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Registered Nursing, Nuclear Medicine)
  3. Secured employment in a cardiovascular interventional lab.
  4. Letter of recommendation from department manager to include the number and types of exams performed per year in the department.

Program Information
The Interventional Cardiac and Vascular Technology – Cardiac certificate accepts graduates who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree or any of the following accredited degree health programs: ECHO Cardiography, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Respiratory Therapy or Nursing (RN).

This program admits students in the fall semester only. The application deadline is June 30.

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