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Cardiovascular Technology Academic Certificate

With our Cardiovascular Technology programs, you’ll work closely with the health care team to identify cardiac problems and keep patients’ hearts pumping.

About

A cardiovascular technologist education will prepare you for a career performing invasive procedures on the heart. In cardiovascular technology jobs, 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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Will I be successful?

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

Requirements

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.

Curriculum

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.

Year 1  
HSC 100Medical Terminology1
HSC 101Methods of Patient care1
CSS 101College Seminar3
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
Total6
Year 2Summer II (6 WEEK SEMESTER)
HSC 160Rhythm and 12 lead ECG analysis3
CVT 204 Cardiovascular Simulation Lab1
CVT 205Cardiac invasive procedures 3
Total7
Year 2Fall
CVT 206Cardiac A & P3
CVT 207Advanced Procedures3
CVT 217Cardiovascular hemodynamics3
CVT 215Clinical I 4
CVT 208Intro to Radiology2
Total15
Year 2Spring
CVT 230Clinical II 5
CVT 221Cardiac arrhythmias & treatments3
CVT 225Cardiac Pharmacology 3
CVT 218Implantable Cardiac Device Theory 3
HSC 200Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)1
Total15
Year 2Summer (12 week semester)
CVT 235Clinical III6
Total6
Total Combined Credits49

Meet Your Faculty

Breanna Gruver

Breanna Gruver, BS, RCIS

Program Director, Cardiovascular Technology

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Karen Langan

Karen Langan, BS, RCIS

Clinical Coordinator Cardiovascular Technology

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