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

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist  is a health care professional who performs diagnostic tests which are used in the diagnosis, treatment and serial follow-up of patients with cardiovascular disease. Utilizing highly sophisticated equipment to perform procedures on patients for diagnostic and intervention treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the invasive technologist assists a qualified cardiologist in all aspects of the cardiac catheterization.

Admission: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s CVTI program is competitive and is limited to 8 students to begin fall semester. See the college calendar or website for application dates.

The Invasive 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 (978) 456-5594.


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
or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics
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 125 Invasive Cardiology Clinical II 5.0
CVT 223 Invasive Cardiology III 3.0
CVT 225 Invasive Cardiology Clinical III 8.0
CVT 226 Invasive Cardiology Special Topics 2.0
Subtotal   41.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
Subtotal   3.0
Total Credit Hours   67.0

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.



Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Invasive 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. Demonstrate hands on skill proficiency in cardiac catheterization procedure preparation and facilitation
  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. Apply knowledge of hemodynamics through mathematical calculations and electronics and medical instrumentation​