Cardiovascular Technology (A.A.S.) - Invasive

Cardiovascular Technology is a title used to describe two basic areas of expertise: Invasive Cardiology and Non-Invasive Cardiology.

Invasive Cardiology utilizes highly sophisticated equipment to perform procedures on patients for diagnostic and interventional treatment of cardiovascular diseases as part of the cardiac catheterization team. The invasive technologist assists a qualified cardiologist in all aspects of the cardiac catheterization.

The Cardiovascular Technology 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),
upon the recommendation of The Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology ( JRC-CVT),, 1449 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588-1032.

Admission: This is a limited enrollment program accepting 20 students to begin in spring term. In order to apply for the clinical phase of the Cardiovascular Technology program, students must complete the listed program-ready courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education course work. 

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.

Students applying for the Cardiovascular Technology program will be enrolled in the Health Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.

For more detailed information, please go to Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Other Program Options: Adult Echocardiography


Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
         Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   23.0
CVT 101 Introduction to Cardiovascular 2.0
CVT 102 Cardiac and Vascular Pathophysiology 3.0
CVT 108 Medical Physics and Instrumentation 2.0
CVT 110 Hemodynamics and Cardiac Care Physiology 2.0
CVT 112 Cardiovascular Principles 3.0
CVT 120 Invasive Cardiology I 3.0
CVT 121 Cardiovascular Patient Assessment 3.0
CVT 122 Invasive Cardiology Clinical I 5.0
CVT 124 Invasive Cardiology Clinical II 8.0
CVT 223 Invasive Cardiology III 3.0
CVT 225 Invasive Cardiology Clinical III 8.0
CVT 226 Invasive Cardiology Special Topics 2.0
Subtotal   44.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
Subtotal   3.0
Total Credit Hours   70.0

Note: Each student is required to complete BIO 211 (before the end of the first semester) and SPC 205 (before the end of the second semester). Students are encouraged to complete all general education coursework prior to beginning program coursework.

Updated 3/31/2017



Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Cardiovascular Technology program at Piedmont Technical College is dedicated to training healthcare professionals in the field of invasive and noninvasive cardiology. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, students will successfully recognize, calculate, interpret, and analyze hemodynamic data and will be prepared to perform diagnostic examinations. Through accreditation, didactic instruction and clinical experience students will be properly prepared for National Board Exams.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (Invasive):

  1. Demonstrate the work ethic skills needed for employment in the field of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.
  2. Apply knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology with emphasis to the cardiac catheterization procedure and assessment.
  3. Interpret other cardiac catheterization methods.
  4. Apply knowledge of  hemodynamics through mathematical calculations and electronics and medical instrumentation.
  5. Apply a working knowledge of radiation imaging production, radiation science, radiation biology, and radiation safety as it relates to patient and occupational exposure. ALARA-As Low As Reasonably Achievable.
  6. Demonstrate hands on skill proficiency in cardiac catheterization procedure preparation and facilitation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (Non-Invasive):

  1. Apply knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to assess and analyze the heart through cardiac sonography.
  2. Recognize the physical sonographic principles and apply knowledge of the physical sonographic principles and instrumentation during cardiac ultrasound.
  3. Demonstrate hands-on skill proficiency and good clinical decision making to obtain quality echocardiograms that document cardiac pathology adequately.
  4. Interpret other cardiac diagnostic methods at a basic level. 
  5. Demonstrate the work ethic skills needed for employment in the field of Cardiovascular Technology. 

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit for more details.

  • Students must submit a secondary application in September and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework for Cardiovascular Technology.

  • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses . . .

    • Medical Terminology (AHS 102)

    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)

    • English Composition I (ENG 101)

    • Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102)

    • General Psychology (PSY 201)

    • Elective - Humanities/Fine Art

  • Students must also complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher.  If students complete all general education coursework prior to beginning program coursework, which is highly recommended, grades of A and/or B in these classes earn points, which can be used for a merit application.

    • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) – Must be completed by the end of the first semester.

    • Public Speaking (SPC 205) – Must be completed by the end of the second semester.

    • Elective – Humanities/Fine Art.

  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis from any campus.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the six-semester program with the same set of classmates.

Notes about individual classes​

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 102.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102 or MAT 120.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Additional program notes

  • Enrollment into the Cardiovascular Technology program is limited and requires a secondary application process.  Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here.

  • Twenty students are accepted to begin clinical courses each spring term. Up to half are chosen by a merit application, and the others are chosen by their priority date, which is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not CRDV, the date of the major change to CRDV.

  • CRDV courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus.  

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once accepted into the Cardiovascular Technology program.  Students will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester.  Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the program.

Notes about other requirements

  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Health Care Division Information FAQ Sheet for the Physical and Mental Standards for Health Care programs.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility, which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is mandatory.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive (CVTI)

NOTE: The clinical portion of this program begins in the Spring semester only. The guides linked above are the suggested path towards graduation depending on when the student enters this major to begin program-ready coursework.

Changes are scheduled for CVT coursework and progression, and will go into effect in January 2019.   Details will be included here once they have been approved.


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Contact Christy Nichols or Laura Boone for more information about this program.

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.