Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program prepares students to work in the specialized field of Cardiovascular Medicine. This 2 year Health Science degree program, is designed to develop and train students to operate in the cardiac catheterization and interventional laboratories. Invasive Cardiovascular Technology students assist cardiologist and cardiovascular technology team in a highly critical and complex procedures to include: diagnostic and interventional coronary interventions, electrophysiology studies, balloon angioplasty, coronary and peripheral artery stenting, hemodynamic monitoring, and qualified to assist in Acute Cardiac Life Saving measures for patients with coronary artery disease.
Upon graduation from the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program, students receive an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This five semester course of study encompasses both didactic classroom study and clinical internship, provides 60 credit hours, and requires a 75% student GPA to graduate. Students are more than capable and are described as highly competent to operate in the Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Laboratories after graduation, and has one of the highest (95%) follow-on job placement statistics of all Health Sciences Programs. This program prides itself on building quality technologist, and future leaders in cardiovascular medicine.
The St. Philip's College Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program currently is undergoing initial accreditation review by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs). Upon program accreditation, current and former SPC Invasive Cardiovascular Technology students, will be qualified to challenge the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential. This specialized credential has become a nationally recognized requirement mandated by Joint Commission to operate in most cardiovascular and interventional labs. Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), is the credentialing organization by which qualified technologist and students can obtain registry. The RCIS credential enables techs to operate in the cardiac catheterization and interventional labs, and ONLY qualified techs with this credential can apply for a Limited Medical Radiologic Technology (LMRT) license. This license is required to operate the patient table and any radiology equipment within the lab; as required by the state of Texas.
Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program, utilizes the following professional organizations as benchmarks in the invasive cardiovascular discipline: proprietary credentialing, establish quality educational standards to meet industry outcomes, and while advocating on-behalf of Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist operating in the Cardiac Care Team. Links to these resources can be found at the following sites:
- American College of Cardiology (ACC) - Advocate for the improvement of cardiovascular health to reduce the incidence, severity and complications of cardiovascular disease as we promote prevention, reduce disparities in health care, and improve personal and population-based cardiovascular health.
- Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) - Independent, non-profit corporation established to administer credentialing examinations.
- American Heart Association (AHA) - Advocate for building health lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) - Non-profit professional society, created to maintain professional standards, promote continuing education, and to act as an advocate for the non-physician members of the invasive cardiovascular care team.
- Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions - Promotes excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine, through physician education and representation.
The following links are additional industry resources for current discipline practices, techniques, research and development, and equipment and therapies utilized in the field of invasive cardiovascular technology:
- Cath Lab Digest - Educational resource for cardiac catheterization laboratory specialists.
- Cardiology Site - Remote learning site for healthcare providers, students, residents, fellows, and people interested in expanding their knowledge in the area of cardiology.
- Medscape Cardiology - educational portal operated in part by WebMD's Health Professional Network, that includes theHeart.org and eMedicine.com. This site offers healthcare professionals links to medical content, continuing education training, reviews of current hot topic industry and patient education articles, research papers, journal commentary, and medical textbook references.
- Medtronic Academy - An industry leader for electrophysiology and pacemaker therapy, this educational site was designed to effectively bring new technologies awareness and understanding to healthcare professionals and patients with personalized, relevant, and interactive education on current medical therapies as well as general cardiac topics.
- Heart Rhythm Society - Leading resource on cardiac pacing and electrophysiology, representing medical, allied health, and science professionals globally who specialize in cardiac rhythm disorders.
- Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) - this evidence-based research organization, provides innovative technological resources, one of the leading industry operations, for healthcare professionals at the forefront of today's treatments and technologies in the fight against heart disease.
Faculty & Staff
Program faculty are dedicated and licensed professionals, with years of teaching experience as well as industry knowledge and expertise in their discipline. Each member has graduated from an accredited program and has years of clinical experience in multiple areas within the field.
Benjamin Ochoa, BS, RCIS, RCS
Program Accreditation & Licensure
Graduates from the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and currently only eligible to apply and receive the Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist License (LMRT), to operate radiology equipment withing the cardiac catheterization and intervential radiology laboraties by the state of Texas. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program, is currently in review and process to become a nationally accredited program, through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and subsequently Joint Review Committee in Education for Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). The Joint Commission, under the Department of Health and Human Services, has promulgated that allied health professionals receive and maintain the necessary credentials to perform their duties, within their respective discipline. Therefore, Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist MUST be credentialed as Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS), by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) to operate in the cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology laboratories. In addition to the RCIS credential, operators must obtain the Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) licensure, to operate any radiology equipment in the cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology lab in the State of Texas.
Graduation, certifications and credentials are separate skill identifiers, and are the responsibility of the individual student.
Admission & Prerequisite Requirements
Students that have been elected to attend and train in the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program, must not only meet St. Philip's College Admission Requirements but must remain in compliance with GPA requirements set forth in Student Handbook, and have completed prior to program start: (See SPC Admission Requirements)
- Following prerequisites are mandatory to apply:
- BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology
- ENGL 1301 Composition I
- MATH 1314 College Algebra
- Overall GPA 2.7 or higher
- Completed and submitted ALL Program Application requirements (see SPC Admission Requirements)
Applications are accepted throughout the year. It is HIGHLY Recommended students submit their application packages as soon as possible for best consideration. Applicants that have not completed requirements as set forth above, may continue to do so up until the deadline for submission as outline in the SPC Admission Requirements and Student Handbook. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program begins a new cohort at the beginning of the Fall Semester annually. Student selection process is at the discretion of program leadership, and only the most qualified candidates are selected into the program. EVERY student will be given the opportunity to apply and undergo selection. Not all candidates will be accepted, and all students applying must understand that this program is a very demanding and highly critical skill career choice. For further information on what an Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Professional Scope of Practice (SOP), please access the following link:
Application & Selection Process
Applications are accepted throughout he year. It is HIGHLY Recommended students interested in the program submit their packages ASAP for best consideration! Applicants that have NOT completed the requirements have until admissions deadline outlined in the SPC Admission Requirements and SPC Student Handbook. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program begins a new cohort EVERY Fall Semester. Student selection is at the discretion of program leadership, and ONLY the most qualified candidates are selected into the program. EVERY student will be given a fair opportunity to apply and undergo selection. However, NOT all candidates applying will be selected, and students must understand this program is a very demanding, highly critical career field, with great responsibility to not only perform daily but be called upon at any time to offer life saving skills to save a life. For further information on what an Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Professional is required to know and perform, please access the following link to the Scope of Practice (SOP):
** Students who have NOT completed the prerequisites, AND/OR have NOT included the required information for acceptance as directed in the (Admissions & Prerequisite Requirements) and listed below will NOT have their applications reviewed.
All applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program.
Students NOT accepted will be notified of reasons for non-acceptance. Furthermore, INCOMPLETE applications should NOT expect to be contacted.
Students accepted into the Invasive Cardiovascular Program, will be provided directions on when to attend the Mandatory SPC College Orientation (which takes place the week before class start), and must respond to AND sign and return the Program Acceptance Letter as requested.
Based on a possible 100 points scale, the following calculation is used for candidate selection:
Pre-requisites (MINIMUM GPA 2.7): 50 points*
Overall Course Work (MINIMUM GPA 2.7): 25 points*
Previous Healthcare experience: 15 points
TEAS V examination 10 points
Total Points 100 points
Additional Requirements & Information
**Before final acceptance, students will be required to provide documentation of the following items prior to class start:
The following resource link has been provided to assist you gathering and completing the necessary requirements PRIOR to attending the program and for student life:
- CLEAR Criminal Background Check
- CLEAR Drug Screening
- COMPLETED/DOCUMENTED Immunizations Record (in accordance with SPC College of Health Sciences Requirements
Complete the attached APPLICATION CHECKLIST and submit with your Application within the scheduled applications time frame for best possible results!
Thank you for visiting the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program webpage. For ANY other questions please fill free to contact the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator, as posted above. We look forward to hearing from you, and scheduling a time to explore the incredible possibilities that await you in our program!