Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty

Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty Associate Degree

Play a key role in keeping the body’s hardest-working muscle healthy.

Prepare yourself for a career performing invasive procedures on the heart. You will work alongside cardiologists to perform diagnostic and therapeutic heart procedures. These include diagnostic catheterizations, stent placements and temporary pacemakers.

PA College offers two ways to become an entry-level cardiovascular invasive specialist. Both of our programs offer hands-on experience right away, with access to advanced simulation learning. Work in small classes alongside experienced health care professionals to set yourself up for success.

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If you already have an associate degree (or higher) or have completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program, you may eligible for our certificate program.

Curriculum

First Year: Associate Degree in Applied Science Total Credits: 38

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 160College Algebra3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Elective3
Total16
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
PHY 150Physics
3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
PSY 100General Psychology3
Elective3
Total14
Summer II SemesterCredits
HSC 160Rhythm & 12-Lead ECG Analysis3
CIS 204Clinical Cardiovascular Laboratory1
CIS 205Invasive Procedures I3
Total7
Total Combined Credits37

Second Year: Associate Degree in Applied Science Total Credits: 28

Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 207Advanced Procedures3
CIS 208Introduction to Radiology1
CIS 210Clinical Cardiology I3
CIS 215Hemodynamics3
CIS 221Cardiac A&P3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
Total14
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
Total12
Summer I SemesterCredits
CIS 250Clinical Cardiology III3
Total3
Total Combined Credits66

Will I Be Successful?

Year# Of Students StartedGraduatedTook ExamPassed ExamGrad with JobsGrads with Jobs within 6 MonthsContinuing Education
201510664440
20168772661
201711114311110

Not sure if this is the right program for you?

Our cardiac invasive specialty degree 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.