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).
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?
|Year||# Of Students Started||Graduated||Took Exam||Passed Exam||Grad with Jobs||Grads with Jobs within 6 Months||Continuing Education|
Applicants for the two-year associate degree program must meet general admission requirements.
First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree
|BIO 175||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|ENG 100||English Composition||3|
|MAT 150 or MAT 160||Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences or College Algebra||3|
|SOC 100||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|BIO 176||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|HSC 100||Medical Terminology||1|
|PSY 100||General Psychology||3|
|Summer II Semester||Credits|
|HSC 160||Rhythm & 12-Lead ECG Analysis||3|
|CIS 204||Clinical Cardiovascular Laboratory||1|
|CIS 205||Invasive Procedures I||3|
|Total Combined Credits||37|
Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree
|CIS 207||Advanced Procedures||3|
|CIS 208||Introduction to Radiology||1|
|CIS 210||Clinical Cardiology I||3|
|CIS 221||Cardiac A&P||3|
|HSC 101||Methods of Patient Care||1|
|CIS 230||Clinical Cardiology II||5|
|CIS 232||Introduction to Electrophysiology||2|
|CIS 240||Cardiovascular Pharmacology||3|
|HSC 200||Advanced Cardiac Life Support||1|
|PHI 210||Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences||1|
|Summer I Semester||Credits|
|CIS 250||Clinical Cardiology III||3|
|Total Combined Credits||66|