Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Cardiovascular Technology – Invasive (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster
 

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-521-1.A

 

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — This two-year program prepares you for a career that is in high demand as an invasive cardiac catheterization technologist.

Working in cardiac catheterization labs, program graduates assist cardiologists with the care of heart patients. Cardiovascular technologists perform a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures related to stent placements, pacemaker implants, and other heart or blood vessel conditions. In addition to detailed knowledge of anatomy; heart, artery and valve function; and cath lab procedures; cardiovascular technologists demonstrate professional communication skills, act in an ethical manner and promote good health.

Successful completion of this program fulfills necessary prerequisites to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam given by Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI).


Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; www.caahep.org; 727-210-2350. Accreditation is based upon a recommendation by the Joint Review Committee (JRC-CVT). Both invasive and echocardiography portions are accredited.


Career Pathway — You can earn the EKG Technician certificate on your way to completing this associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

 

Career Outlook — The continuing demand for CVTs indicates exceptional employment possibilities. The projected growth is attributed to an increase in cardiovascular disease and the aging population. Opportunities include hospital departments and with experience, physicians’ offices and sales.

For more information regarding the cath lab, visit www.cathlabdigest.com or www.sicp.com

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Explain diagnostic procedures and provide support to patients
  • Assist the invasive cardiologist in the diagnosis and corrective intervention of cardiac procedures.
  • Apply sterile technique in preparing and handling of instruments
  • Understand the heart disease process
  • Anticipate the sequence of events in cath lab procedures
  • Prepare the cath lab by aseptic technique

 

Joint Review Committee On Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) Outcomes

View/Print Program Outcomes data (pdf)

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 

Learn more about the petition process

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

The following are also required for admission:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level algebra, biology and chemistry (grade of C or higher)
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment


Required Natural Science (NATSCI) and Mathematics (MATH) courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or higher in each course. These courses are NATSCI-197 and MATH-260.

 

Possible Careers
Cath Lab Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Technologist
EKG Technician


Related Programs
Cardiovascular Technology – Echocardiography
EKG Technician


Start Date: January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.


Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

TECHNICAL STUDIES

 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-102

Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology ‡ ^

2

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-110

EKG Analysis ‡ ^

2

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-115

Essentials of Cardiovascular Care 1 ‡ ^

4

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-117

Invasive CVT Fundamentals 1 ‡

4

 

(2)

 

CVTECH-118

Introduction to Echocardiography ‡

3

 

(S)

 

CVTECH-120

Invasive CVT Clinical Procedure ‡

2

 

(3)
 
CVTECH-132 Physics of Medicine ‡ 3  

(3)

 

CVTECH-134

Cardiovascular Hemodynamics ‡

3

 

(3)

 

CVTECH-135

Essentials of Cardiovascular Care 2 ‡

4

 

(3)

 

CVTECH-137

Invasive CVT Fundamentals 2 ‡

4

 

(3)

 

CVTECH-139

Invasive CVT Clinical Experience 1 ‡

2

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-185

Invasive CVT Clinical Seminar ‡

2

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-186

Invasive CVT Clinical Experience 2 ‡

4

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-187

Invasive CVT Clinical Experience 3 ‡

4

 

(4)

 

CVTECH-133

Cardiovascular Agents ‡

3

 

GENERAL STUDIES 

 

 

   

ECON-195

Economics

3

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

   
 

 


ENG-151


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

(or) ENG-201‡ and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

           
 

 

MATH-189

Introductory Statistics

3

 

      (or) MATH-260 Basic Statistics ‡    
 

 


NATSCI-197


Microbiology ‡ * ^


4

 

           

 

 

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

 

 

(or) SOCSCI-210 Death and Dying

 

 

 

 


Suggested Electives:


Two Credits Needed

     
      2

 

    HEALTH-101 Medical Terminology    
    HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare    
    PHYED-210 An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness    


TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 


(S) = Summer

‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the EKG Technician certificate.

* CVT students are not required to take NATSCI-177/179 or 201/202 as prerequisite to NATSCI-197; go to INFOnline and submit a waiver indicating you are a CVT student.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

 

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated October 2017.