Cardiovascular Technology

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1351090100)

Limited-Access

This program is designed for students who seek immediate employment in the healthcare field of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. The Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist is an integral part of the cardiac catheterization laboratory team, whose primary role is to perform technical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular injury and disease. Cardiovascular Technology is a challenging and growing profession. 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. Once you complete your A.S. degree in Cardiovascular Technology, you can now continue on and get your Bachelor’s degree from Valencia in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. With additional education at the Bachelor level and professional experience, you will enhance your skills and have more career options available.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) and by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),  25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone (727) 210-2350.

Cardiovascular Technology is a limited-access program. Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the Cardiovascular Technology Program; students must apply and be accepted to the program. General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Division of Allied Health provides information about specific admission criteria.

Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial section of this catalog.

Admission requirements that must be satisfied prior to submitting an application to the A.S. Degree Program in Cardiovascular Technology are:

  • Review the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of this catalog
  • Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission; satisfy the requirements for Degree-Seeking Status and be in Active Student Status
  • Satisfy the college entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, New Student Experience (SLS 1122), mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed
  • Complete the Cardiovascular Technology Prerequisite for Admission Course with a minimum grade of C
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5 (including transfer work)
  • Satisfy the designated entrance test requirements for Health Sciences Programs
  • Submit the completed Valencia Cardiovascular Technology Program application with the application fee by the deadline

The courses in the Cardiovascular Technology curriculum are progressive in nature, with one course building on the preceding course. Because of this progressive relationship, all cardiovascular courses must be completed in succession. If a student achieves a grade less than a “C” or withdraws from any course that is required for the Cardiovascular Technology Associate in Science degree, the student will not be allowed to continue in the clinical portion of the program.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a Health Sciences advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Invasive Cardiovascular Specialist
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Technician

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.floridawages.com.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

If you have earned an approved certification from Cardiovascular Credential International, you may be eligible to receive credit toward this A.S. degree. For more information, visit: http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_alternative.cfm

Contacts

Health Sciences Program Advisor, West Campus: HealthScienceAdvising@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1288.
For Information Sessions, Admission Guide, Program Application, and the most updated information, visit our website at: valenciacollege.edu/west/health.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform entry level skills as described by the scope of practice for Cardiovascular Technology.
  • Perform effective communication within the healthcare environment.
  • Structure a safe environment in the healthcare setting.
  • Practice professional behaviors in a healthcare setting.
  • Execute safe clinical decision making in the invasive cardiovascular setting.
Prerequisite for AdmissionCredit Hours
BSC 2093CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I +*~4
BSC 2094CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II +*~4
MAC 1105COLLEGE ALGEBRA +*~3
Year I
Fall Term
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
MCB 2010CMICROBIOLOGY +*~4
CVT 1000CINTRODUCTION TO CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGY +*4
Spring Term
PHY 1007CPHYSICS WITH MEDICAL APPLICATIONS +*~4
CVT 1260CINVASIVE CARDIOLOGY I: CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY PHYSIOLOGY +*4
CVT 1840LCARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM I +*2
Summer Term
CVT 1270PATHOPHYSIOLOGY +*3
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY +~3
CVT 1205CCARDIOVASULAR PHARMACOLOGY ECG MANAGEMENT +*3
Humanities:: See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional requirement +*~3
CVT 1841LCARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM II +*2
Year II
Fall Term
CVT 2420CINVASIVE CARDIOLOGY II +*4
CVT 2620CNON-INVASIVE CARDIOLOGY II +*4
CVT 2842LCARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM III +*4
Spring Term
CVT 2421CINVASIVE CARDIOLOGY III +*4
CVT 2843LCARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV +*4
CVT 2211CCRITICAL CARE APPLICATIONS +*4
Summer Term
CVT 2920CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST AS A PROFESSIONAL +*2
CVT 2844LCARDIOVASCULAR CLINICAL PRACTICUM V +*3
CVT 2426CADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR CONCEPTS +*2
 Total Credit Hours: 77.0
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This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

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This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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 This is a general education course.

Notes:

All accepted applicants are required to submit applications through Valencia for a criminal background check, and drug testing. Applicants for Valencia’s Health Sciences Programs must be free of offenses that would disqualify them from a student clinical experience in a healthcare setting and must have their civil rights intact. This policy is in response to requirements by clinical agencies and state/federal regulations.

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.

Once you complete your A.S. degree in Cardiovascular Technology, you can continue at Valencia to earn your Bachelor’s degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences or a bachelor-level Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Echocardiography or in Leadership in Healthcare.  With additional education at the bachelor’s level and professional experience, you will enhance your skills and have more career options available.

Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science. For other transfer options that may be available, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.