Interventional Cardiac and Vascular Technology - Vascular

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 Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam given by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). 

This certificate is intended for individuals employed in a Peripheral Vascular Lab who have graduated from an approved accredited program and have earned an Associate Degree or higher in Nursing or Radiography.

The following represents one way in which the certificate can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Certificate

C45410V
NC CIP: 51.0901
Online
POS Approved: Fall 2020

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ICV 111 ICV Electrocardiography 0 3 0 1
ICV 112 ICV Ionizing Radiation Effects Requisite 2 0 0 2
ICV 113 ICV Neurovascular Procedures 1 2 0 2
ICV 216 ICV Pharmacology 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 5
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 8

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ICV 212 ICV Imaging Physics Requisite 2 2 0 3
ICV 217 Inter Equip & Supplies 2 2 0 3
ICV 219 Vascular Physiology & Proc Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 7
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 9

Total Credit Hours: 17

Legend

  • : 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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

This certificate is intended for individuals employed in a Peripheral Vascular Lab who have graduated from an approved accredited program and have earned an Associate Degree or higher in Nursing or Radiography. Current licensure/registry must be in good standing, and applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements (MAR). The academic plan will be determined on an individual basis and will be based on previous academic and clinical work as well as anticipated career goals. Additional information can be obtained from a Forsyth Tech Admissions Counselor.

1. Issuance of transfer course credit based on primary Associate or higher degree from an accredited school:

PROGRAM: Interventional Cardiovascular & Vascular Technology

Associate Degree - AAS                                Course Credit

Radiography Technologist                                   ICV 112

Licensed Nurse                                                     ICV 216

*Additional proficiency exams for ICV core courses may be offered.

2. Students who have been admitted to the ICVT Advanced Placement Program may request to take a proficiency exam for a course that has a proficiency exam available.  Students must receive permission from the appropriate department chairperson to earn credit for the course by proficiency examination and must pay the testing fee before taking the exam. Students may take a proficiency exam for a given course only once in a 12-month period at a non-refundable cost of $10 per exam.  Guidelines on how to apply for a proficiency exam can be obtained from the ICVT Program Coordinator.  Students who successfully pass a proficiency exam will be given a grade of CR (credit granted or passed proficiency) and hours earned will be granted but will not affect the grade point average (GPA).

Proficiency Exams for the ICVT Program

ICV        111

ICV Electrocardiography

ICV        212

ICV Imaging Physics

ICV        216

ICV Pharmacology

 

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/Electrophysiology, Echo, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Registered Nursing, Nuclear Medicine)
  3. Secured employment in a peripheral vascular 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 certificate in Vascular Technology 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 Vascular Interventional (VI) exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers advanced Cardiac/Vascular certification for registered nurses.

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

C45410V