• Cardiovascular Invasive Certification

    CAAHEP LogoWhy choose our Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty program?
    The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body – so it only makes sense that a cardiovascular invasive specialist would play a very important role in the patient’s health because they perform the procedures that keep the heart pumping.  These specialists, sometimes known as cath techs, work alongside of the cardiologist to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients.  Some of the most common procedures include diagnostic catheterizations, interventions (such as stent placement) and temporary pacemakers. To put it simply, cardiovascular invasive specialists are the “plumbers” for the heart, making sure that all of the veins and arteries are open and capable of doing their job.

    Will I be successful?

    Year #Students Started Graduated Took Exam Passed Exam Grad with Jobs Grads with Jobs within 6 Months Continuing Education
    2014 8 6 6 3 3 3  
    2013 10 9 9 6 6 5  
    2012 9 8 8 8 8 7  
    2011 11 9 5 5 6 3  
    2010 9 5 3 2 2 2  
    2009 12 9 6 6 8 6 1
    2008 8 7 5 5 6 6  

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    What will I learn?
    This program offers a two-year associate degree in applied science, or a one-year academic certificate.  Class sizes are limited to ensure that each student receives personal attention in the classroom and clinical site from our experienced faculty, some of which are alumni of our College. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn in the classroom, but through hands-on, intensive clinical experiences, you will know exactly what to expect when you take the RCIS certification and become an entry-level cardiovascular invasive specialist.


    What is the job outlook?
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29% faster than average job growth is expected nationally through 2020.  For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile. 

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    What are the admission requirements?
    All applicants for the two-year associate degree program must meet the general admission requirements. Applicants to the 12-month diploma program must have earned an associate's or bachelor's degree, or have completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program. Prior to entering the diploma program, the following college-level courses must be completed with a grade of C or better: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II.


    What are the physical requirements?
    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.

    What is the cost of the program?
    Click here for current tuition rates.

    Program Accreditation
    The Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763