If you thrive in a fast-paced, team-based work environment and have a passion for making a difference in the lives of other people, the highly specialized health care role of cardiovascular technology may be a great fit for you.
Cardiovascular Technologists are assistants to physicians and aid in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel issues. Cardiovascular technologists generally have an associate’s degree or higher. Graduates of TCC's Cardiovascular Technology program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and are eligible to take the national Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist exam from Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
Prepare for the workplace
TCC’s invasive Cardiovascular Technology program prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors needed to become a successful invasive cardiovascular technologist. As a CVT, you will assist cardiologists in performing diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions for individuals with congenital and acquired cardiac diseases. Our CVT program consists of five semesters and is considered a full-time program of specialized courses completed in a progressive sequence. The academic coursework is being offered at TCC’s Owasso Community Campus with clinical experiences at various sites in the Tulsa metro and surrounding area.
General Education Requirements: 21 Hours
Communication 9 hours
COMM 1113 Public Speaking
*ENGL 1113 Composition I
*ENGL 1213 Composition II
Mathematics 3 hours
*MATH 1473 Math for Critical Thinking
Psychology 3 hours
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
Social Science 6 hours
POLS 1113 American Federal Government
and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present
*Course has prerequisite.
Specialized Course Requirements: 47 Hours
Core Courses 11 hours
Allied Health 3 hours
+ALDH 1323 Medical Terminology
Biology 4 hours
+BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry 4 hours
*CHEM 1114 Principles of Chemistry
Cardiovascular Technology Core Courses 20 hours
*CVTC 1003 Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology
*CVTC 1013 Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology
*CVTC 1023 Cardiovascular Pharmacology
*CVTC 1034 Cardiovascular Skills Practicum
*CVTC 1044 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
*CVTC 1063 Clinical Practicum I Invasive
Invasive Cardiology Emphasis 16 hours
*CVTC 2103 Invasive Procedures I
*CVTC 2125 Clinical Practicum II
*CVTC 2133 Invasive Procedures II
*CVTC 2145 Clinical Practicum III
Total Credit Hours: 68
*Course has prerequisite.
+Prerequisite for program admission.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
|CVTC1002||Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology||3|
|CVTC1013||Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|CVTC1034||Cardiovascular Skills Practicum||4|
|CVTC2103||Invasive Procedures I||3|
|CVTC2125||Clinical Practicum II||5|
Invasive Procedures II
|CVCT2145||Clinical Practicum III||5|
The CVT student must possess sufficient physical, motor, intellectual, emotional and social/communication skills to provide for patient care and safety, and the utilization of equipment. Essential functions for Cardiovascular Technology are outlined below. By completing the CVT application, you verify you can perform all of these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
|Critical Thinking||Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment.||Handle multiple priorities in stressful situations. Make accurate independent decisions. Concentrate and focus attention for prolonged periods of time to attain precise testing results. Ability to work alone as well as a member of a team. Apply reasoning and evaluation skills necessary in the safe technical performance of cardiovascular procedures.|
|Interpersonal||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.||
Display compassion, empathy and concern for others. Effectively deal with anger/fear/hostility of others in acalm manner. Demonstrate a high degree of patience. Work with other health care providers in stressful situations, such as life and death situations.
|Communication||Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Communicate needs in a prompt, clear and concise manner. Accurately record/document pertinent information. Follow verbal and/or written instructions. Interact with patients and other health care providers in a professional manner.|
|Mobility||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces||Respond promptly to the patient's needs, manipulate equipment, lift a minimum of 30 pounds, exert a sustained force of 20 pound, push/pull mobile equipment weighing up to 300 pounds, stand for prolonged periods wearing a 12-20 pound lead apron, walk an equivalent of 5 miles per day, ability to sit for periods of 1 hour at a time, participate as a team member of four to move a 150 pound incapacitated person, and provide for patient safety at all times.|
|Motor Skills||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to safely and effectively perform cardiopulmonary skills.||Ability to seize, grasp, grip, hold, turn or otherwise work with hands. Work with fingers to manipulate switches, dials and other equipment controls. Input data into computer.|
|Hearing||Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.|
|Visual||Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in cardiovascular technology.||Observe and monitor patients in full and dimmed light. Visual near acuity of 20 inches or less with clarity. Distinguish depth, color and spatial attributes of images.|
|Tactile||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.||Perceive attributes of an object via touch. Palpate.|
Employment Outlook and Outcomes
Employment of cardiovascular technologists and vascular technologists is expected to grow by 29% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage of cardiovascular technologists and vascular technologists was $49,410 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,610, and the top 10 percent earned more than $77,020.The average wage per hour is $23.75 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Requirements
An extensive criminal background check, including, but not limited to, a seven-year county of residence and nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates. All Allied Health Service students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks and a drug screening test by the Allied Health Division Office deadline and prior to the first clinical rotation. Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.
The Tulsa Community College Cardiovascular Technology Program is accredited in invasive cardiology by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) based on the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is located at 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, phone 727-210-2350 (www.CAAHEP.org)
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