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Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty Associate Degree

The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body, and cardiovascular invasive specialists play an important role in patient health.


Cardiovascular invasive specialists, sometimes known as cath techs, work alongside the cardiologist to perform diagnostic and therapeutic heart procedures. These can include diagnostic catheterizations, stent placements and temporary pacemakers.

To become an entry-level cardiovascular invasive specialist, you can pursue a two-year associate degree in applied science or a one-year academic certificate. No matter which program you choose, you’ll go hands-on from day one, working within a small class alongside experienced health care professionals. This one-on-one attention will help you prepare for the registered cardiovascular invasive specialist certification (RCIS).

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Our cardiovascular invasive specialty program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology. See more accreditation information.

Will I be successful?

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Applicants for the two-year associate degree program must meet general admission requirements.


First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 150 or MAT 160Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences or College Algebra3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
PHY 150Physics
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
PSY 100General Psychology3
Summer II SemesterCredits
HSC 160Rhythm & 12-Lead ECG Analysis3
CIS 204Clinical Cardiovascular Laboratory1
CIS 205Invasive Procedures I3
Total Combined Credits37

Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree

Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 207Advanced Procedures3
CIS 208Introduction to Radiology1
CIS 210Clinical Cardiology I3
CIS 215Hemodynamics3
CIS 221Cardiac A&P3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
Spring SemesterCredits
CIS 230Clinical Cardiology II5
CIS 232Introduction to Electrophysiology2
CIS 240Cardiovascular Pharmacology3
HSC 200Advanced Cardiac Life Support1
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
Summer I SemesterCredits
CIS 250Clinical Cardiology III3
Total Combined Credits66