Surgical technicians

Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty Certificate

As a cardiac invasive specialist, you’ll work closely with the health care team to identify cardiac problems and keep patients’ hearts pumping.


Work in an exciting environment with high-tech imaging equipment to help diagnose heart abnormalities, identify blockages and aid in cardiac catheterization and other procedures. This certificate is perfect for students with previous college experience who want to take advantage of the growing job market for cath lab technologists. After completing the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty program, you’ll be eligible to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist exam.

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This 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 have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree, or have completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program. They must also complete Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a grade of “C” or better.


Academic Certificate Program

Students already holding an associate or baccalaureate degree, or who will have met the baccalaureate degree requirements from their primary educational program, may apply for the one-year academic certificate program on a space available basis.

Summer Semester IICredit
HSC 160Rhythm & 12-Lead ECG Analysis3
CIS 204Clinical Cardiovascular Laboratory1
CIS 205Invasive Procedures I3
Fall SemesterCredit
CIS 207Advanced Procedures3
CIS 208Introduction to Radiology1
CIS 210Clinical Cardiology I3
CIS 215Hemodynamics3
CIS 221Cardiac A&P3
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
Spring SemesterCredit
CIS 230Clinical Cardiology II5
CIS 232Introduction to Electrophysiology2
CIS 240Cardiovascular Pharmacology3
HSC 200Advanced Cardiac Life Support1
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
Summer Semester ICredit
CIS 250Clinical Cardiology III3
Total Combined Credits37