Cardiovascular Technology

The Agnes Binder Weisiger Cardiovascular Technology curriculum prepares individuals with the didactical knowledge and specialized skills to evaluate and perform various procedures leading to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases while maintaining quality patient care practices.

In the first year of the program, students gain a fundamental knowledge with associated skill sets of cardiovascular imaging modalities, cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, EKG, cardiac pacemakers, ultrasound physical principles, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization. Emphasis is placed on focused theoretical knowledge and the advancing development of technical and cognitive skills required in the specialized concentration track of non-invasive (echocardiography) or invasive (cardiac catheterization), during the second year of the program.

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Cardiovascular Technology (A45170)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree Cardiovascular Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC admissions application.
  • Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology program is competitive. Please note that students must complete a separate application for the program when they are ready to apply.
  • See the Cardiovascular Technology website for the program application.
  • Students must be selected to enter the program. Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.

Program Accreditation

The Cardiovascular Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) at the associate degree level in the Non-Invasive Cardiology (Adult Echocardiography) concentration and the Invasive Cardiology (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology) concentration.

CAAHEP
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727.210.2350

Notes

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: scrubs, lab coat, radiation monitoring badge, CVT patch; student picture ID; a physical examination including drug screening test; immunizations such as tetanus toxoid, hepatitis B vaccinations; TB test; blood test (VDRL, rubella titer, etc.), current CPR certification and criminal back-ground check.

All students must provide a certificate of health and accident insurance. In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a NC state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

All students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Technology program will take the same Core courses for the first year. Upon admission, applicants select either the Invasive or Noninvasive specialty track. Students will enroll in Core courses of their specialty track in the fall term of the second year.

Graduates selecting the non-invasive track are eligible for the Noninvasive Registry to become a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer. Graduates selecting the invasive track are eligible for the Invasive Registry to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics and cardiology offices. Registry status, in specialty field, is required for employment.

Contact Information

The Agnes Binder Weisiger Cardiovascular Technology program is in the Health and Human Services Division.  For information, call 704.330.6285. Division offices are located in the Belk (BL) Building, 3rd floor.

For an admission packet, frequently asked questions and other information, visit our program website at Cardiovascular Technology . For more information, call 704.330.6285 or 704-330-6284.

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Invasive Track

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3 credits from the following:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits from the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
History of Rock Music
Major Requirements
NCT 134Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology4.0
ICT 113Electrocardiography4.0
ICT 110Invasive Fundamentals3.0
ICT 136Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Invasive I6.0
ICT 140Cardiovascular (CV) Hemodynamics I2.0
ICT 214Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Invasive II9.0
ICT 218Invasive Pharmacology2.0
ICT 234Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Invasive III13.0
ICT 236Cardiovascular (CV) Hemodynamics II2.0
Other Major Requirements:
Select one of the following:5.0
Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology II
PHY 110Conceptual Physics3.0
PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab1.0
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology2.0
or MED 121 Medical Terminology I
Total Credits74

Non-Invasive Track

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3 credits from the following:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Western Philosophy II
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
History of Rock Music
Major Requirements
NCT 134Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology4.0
ICT 113Electrocardiography4.0
NCT 110Echo Fundamentals3.0
NCT 133Cardiovascular Ultrasound Principles3.0
NCT 143Echocardiography I6.0
NCT 251Echocardiography II8.0
NCT 253Hemodynamic Echocardiographic Principles3.0
NCT 273Echocardiography III14.0
Select one of the following:5.0
Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology II
PHY 110Conceptual Physics3.0
PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab1.0
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology2.0
or MED 121 Medical Terminology I
Total Credits74

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Cardiovascular Tech (Invasive) Courses

ICT 110. Invasive Fundamentals. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides information related to the profession and practice of invasive cardiovascular technology. Emphasis is placed on medical-legal and ethical aspects of healthcare, patient safety principles, basic invasive principles and cardiovascular imaging modalities. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic invasive principles, cardiovascular imaging modalities, medical-legal and ethical aspects and safety practices.

ICT 113. Electrocardiography. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the principles of electrocardiography, ECG rhythm recognition, methods of arrhythmia intervention and cardiac pacemaker therapy. Topics include rhythm strip and 12-lead analysis, identification of conduction abnormalities, and pharmacologic and electrical treatment methods. Upon completion, students should be able to describe electrical function, detect a variety of arrhythmias and describe their treatment methods and analyze 12-lead electrocardiograms.

ICT 114. Intro Cardiovascular Tech. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides information related to the profession and practice of Cardiovascular Technology. Emphasis is placed on the over view of medical-legal and ethical aspects of healthcare and cardiovascular imaging modalities. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the field of Cardiovascular Technology, cardiovascular imaging modalities, and medical-legal/ethical issues.

ICT 134. Cv Anatomy & Physiology. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides information related to cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on the hemodynamics of pathophysiological disease states, embryology and the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Upon completion, students should be able describe normal and abnormal cardiovascular diseases, associated hemodynamic findings, and treatment options.

ICT 136. Cardiac Cath I. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to diagnostic techniques utilized in the cardiac catheterization lab. Emphasis will be placed on cardiovascular angiographic procedures and assessment, x-ray theory and safety, pharmacology and development of cath lab skills. Upon completion, students should be able to identify cardiovascular anatomy through angiographic assessment, identify basic cardiovascular drugs and demonstrate basic cath lab skills.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 114, ICT 134, and NCT 113

ICT 140. Cardiovascular (CV) Hemodynamics I. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to the hemodynamic principles of the cardiac catheterization lab. Emphasis is placed on pressure acquisition, basic waveform analysis and hemodynamic calculations. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the pressure acquisition process, identify cardiac pressures, determine valve conditions, and perform basic hemodynamic calculations.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 110, ICT 113, and NCT 134

ICT 214. Cardiac Cath II. 8.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced study of diagnostic and interventional techniques utilized in the cardiac catheterization lab. Emphasis is placed on analysis of hemodynamics, calculations and protocols, and instrumentation utilized in interventional procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency in analyzation of hemodynamics data, apply concepts of interventional procedures and increased competence in clinical skills.

Prerequisites: Take ICT 136 NCT 133 NCT 143 Minimum grade C

ICT 218. Invasive Pharmacology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the student to the essential medications and medical therapies used in the invasive catheterization labs. Emphasis is placed on indications, contraindications, routes, dosages, and adverse effects of the primary and secondary medications used in cardiovascular labs. Upon completion, students should be able to identify indications, side effects, contraindications, dosages, complications, identify trade and generic names and perform medication calculations.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 136 and ICT 140

ICT 234. Cardiac Cath III. 12.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-30.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course will provide continued opportunity for clinical experience for the student by utilizing a full time clinical internship. Emphasis is placed on supervised participation in the cardiac catheterization lab. Upon completion, students should be able to describe cardiac catheterization techniques and demonstrate entry level skills.

Prerequisites: Take ICT 214 Minimum grade C

ICT 236. Cardiovascular (CV) Hemodynamics II. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces students to advanced cardiac conditions and disease states found in the invasive lab environment. Emphasis is placed on identifying advanced cardiovascular conditions, performing advanced hemodynamic calculations, and identifying congenital malformations through hemodynamic pressures. Upon completion, students should be able to identify advanced cardiovascular conditions, perform hemodynamic calculations and identify congenital malformations through hemodynamic pressures.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 214 and ICT 218

ICT 244. Peripheral Vascular Catheterization. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to diagnostic and interventional techniques used in the treatment and management of peripheral vascular disease. Emphasis is placed on peripheral vascular anatomy, diagnostic and interventional instrumentation, procedural techniques and applications related to peripheral vascular disease. Upon completion, students should be able to describe peripheral vascular anatomy and discuss protocols, applications and instrumentation used in peripheral vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 136, NCT 133, and NCT 143

ICT 254. Introduction to Cardiac Electrophysiology. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces concepts unique to diagnostic and interventional cardiac electrophysiology. Topics include electrophysiology protocols and instrumentation, cardiac ablation, single and dual chamber pacemaker insertion, defibrillator insertion and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss protocols and instrumentation, cardiac ablation, cardiac pacing defibrillation, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 214 and ICT 244

Cardiovascular Tech Non-Invasi Courses

NCT 110. Echo Fundamentals. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides information related to the profession and practice of echocardiography. Emphasis is placed on medical-legal and ethical aspects of healthcare, patient centered care, understanding basic echocardiography imaging views and cardiovascular imaging modalities. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic echocardiography imaging views, cardiovascular imaging modalities, medical-ethical issues and patient care practices.

NCT 113. Electrocardiography. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the principles of electrocardiography, ECG rhythm recognition, methods of arrhythmia intervention and cardiac pacemaker therapy. Topics include arrhythmia detection, cardiac function, axis determination, AV block, fascicular block, arrhythmia detection, pacemaker technologies and ECG analysis. Upon completion, students should be able to describe electrical and mechanical cardiac function, pacemaker therapy, detect a variety of arrhythmias and acquire and analyze electrocardiograms.

NCT 133. Cardiovascular Ultrasound Principles. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the principles of ultrasound applications and instrumentation of cardiovascular imaging procedures. Emphasis is placed on the physical principles of cardiovascular imaging as a diagnostic tool, instrumentation and applicable effects, and biosafety issues. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss applications of ultrasound imaging, understand instrumentation applications and improve quality imaging while maintaining bioeffects standards.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 114, ICT 134, and NCT 113

NCT 134. Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides information related to cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on the hemodynamics of pathophysiological disease states, embryology and the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Upon completion, students should be able describe normal and abnormal cardiovascular diseases, associated hemodynamic findings, and treatment options.

NCT 143. Echocardiography I. 5.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces echocardiographic procedures, imaging modalities and their applications in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Emphasis is placed on the diagnostic capabilities of non-invasive procedures in relation to clinical presentations of cardiovascular diseases and development of basic imaging skills. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic echocardiographic examination and describe the diagnostic information obtained by noninvasive procedures.

Prerequisites: Take All: ICT 114, ICT 134, and NCT 113

NCT 251. Echocardiography II. 7.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an advanced study of echocardiographic applications and techniques utilized in the diagnosis of acquired cardiovascular diseases. Emphasis is placed on the correlation of echocardiographic findings with the disease state and the ability to relate these findings with the clinical presentation. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize skills necessary to perform an echocardiogram, with recognition of normal and abnormal pathology.

Prerequisites: Take ICT 136 NCT 133 NCT 143 Minimum grade C

NCT 253. Hemodynamic Echo Principles. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to the hemodynamic approach in performing an echocardiogram to detect cardiovascular heart disease. Emphasis is placed on the applications of hemodynamic calculations in valvular heart disease and development of quality standard proactices for quality patient care outcomes. Upon completion, students should be able to perform hemodynamic calculations on an echocardiogram.

Prerequisites: Take ICT 136 NCT 133 NCT 143 Minimum grade C

NCT 273. Echocardiography III. 14.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-30.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides expanded techniques and concepts required for a comprehensive echocardiographic procedure. Emphasis is placed on advanced qualitative and quantitative calculations by utilizing various imaging modalities in the evaluation of acquired heart disease. Upon completion, students should be able to perform a comprehensive diagnostic echocardiographic examination with relative hemodynamic and quantitative calculations.

Prerequisites: Take All: NCT 251 and NCT 253