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.

Curriculum

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
Total14
Spring SemesterCredits
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
PHY 150/LPhysics w/ Lab
3
SOC 100 or SOC 200Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Diversity1
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care3
Total12
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
Total7
FallCredits
CVT 206Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology3
CVT 207Advanced Procedures3
CVT 208Cardiovascular Hemodynamics3
CVT 215Clinical I 4
CVT 217Introduction to Radiology2
Total15
SpringCredits
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
Total15
Summer (12 Week Semester)Credits
CVT 235Clinical III6
Total6
Total Combined Credits43

Will I Be Successful?

Year# Of Students StartedGraduatedTook ExamPassed ExamGrad with JobsGrads with Jobs within 6 MonthsContinuing Education
20181512121212120
20171111111011110
20168775661
201510666540

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.