Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty

Cardiovascular Technology 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.


First Year: Associate Degree in Applied Science Total Credits: 26

Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 100English Composition3
MAT 160College Algebra3
CSS 101College Seminar3
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
PHY 150/LPhysics w/ Lab
SOC 100 or SOC 200Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Diversity3
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
Total Combined Credits26

Second Year: Associate Degree in Applied Science Total Credits: 43

Summer II (6 Week Semester)Credits
HSC 160Rhythm and 12 lead ECG analysis3
CVT 204 Cardiovascular Simulation Lab1
CVT 205Cardiac Invasive Procedures 3
CVT 206Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology3
CVT 207Advanced Procedures3
CVT 208Introduction to Radiology2
CVT 215Clinical I 4
CVT 217Cardiovascular Hemodynamics3
CVT 218Implantable Cardiac Device Theory 3
CVT 221Cardiac Arrhythmias & Treatments 3
CVT 225Cardiac Pharmacology 3
CVT 230Clinical II 5
HSC 200Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)1
Summer (12 Week Semester)Credits
CVT 235Clinical III6
Total Combined Credits43

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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.