Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-521-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: January

About the Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Degree


Prepare for a rewarding career as a cardiac catheterization technologist, assisting cardiologists in cardiac catheterization labs with the care of heart patients and performing diagnostic and interventional procedures related to stent placements, pacemaker implants, and other heart or blood vessel conditions. Completing this program fulfills prerequisites to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam given by Cardiac Credentialing International (CCI).

You can earn the EKG Technician certificate on the way to completing this degree.

Additional program details: The continuing demand for invasive cardiac catheterization technologists indicates strong employment opportunities. Working in cardiac catheterization labs, program graduates assist cardiologists with the care of heart patients. 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.


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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1)  ENG-195 Written Communication  
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) NATSCI-197 Microbiology * ^ 4
(1) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(1) SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level SOSCI course
(2) CVTECH-102 Introduction to CVT ‡ ^ 2
(2) CVTECH-110 EKG Analysis ‡ ^ 2
(2) CVTECH-115 Essentials of Cardiac Care 1 ‡ ^ 4
(2) CVTECH-117 Invasive CVT Fundamentals 1 ‡ 4
(2) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) CVTECH-120 CVT Clinical Procedures ‡ 2
(3) CVTECH-132 Physics of Medicine ‡ 3
(3) CVTECH-134 Hemodynamics ‡ 3
(3) CVTECH-135 Essentials of Cardiac Care 2 ‡ 4
(3) CVTECH-137 Invasive CVT Fundamentals 2 ‡ 4
(4) CVTECH-133 Cardiovascular Agents ‡ 3
(4) CVTECH-139 Invasive CVT Clinical 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) ELECTIVES (Two 100-level credits) 2



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the EKG Technician certificate. 
 Cardiovascular Technology students are not required to take NATSCI-177/179 or 201/202 as prerequisites to NATSCI-197; go to and submit a waiver indicating you are a CVT student.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

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

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2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Spring start: Register for classes in November

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Program Outcomes

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

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

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Career Outlook

The continuing demand for invasive cardiac catheterization technologists indicates strong employment opportunities. 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.

Possible Careers

EKG Technician
Cath Lab Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Technologist

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
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The following are required for admission:


  • HP-A2 pre qualifying exam
  • C+ or higher: NATSCI-197*
  • Spring start: Petition window is September (only one time a year)


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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763; 727-210-2350;

Accreditation is based upon a recommendation by the Joint Review Committee (JRC-CVT).



Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 01/06/2021