The Cardiovascular Technology Program is a twoyear program leading to an Associate in Science Degree in Cardiovascular Technology. The first year of the program is comprised of both general education and core cardiovascular courses. In the second year students are concentrating on core didactic, lab and clinical cardiovascular courses. Clinical instruction occurs at affiliated hospitals throughout Southwest Florida.
Cardiovascular Technology is an exciting, rewarding and relatively new field. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Advances in technology and the training of Cardiovascular Technologists have improved the lives of millions of patients. This has resulted in a high demand for our graduates. After graduation you will be in demand as a Cardiovascular Technologist to work in hospitals and cardiology practices. The demand is high in Florida and throughout the United States.
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist is employed in cardiac catheterization laboratories (cath labs). Our specialty of invasive cardiology will prepare the graduate to function in multiple facets in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Working with a Cardiologist they perform sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify cardiac disorders. These include coronary artery disease, cardiac valve disease or disorders of the heart’s electrical conduction system. Cardiovascular Technologists perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization studies on patients including coronary arteriography, hemodynamic monitoring and analysis, and electrophysiology studies. They also assist the cardiologist in interventional procedures including coronary angioplasty, direct infarct angioplasty, rotablator procedures, intra-coronary stenting, pacemaker/defibrillator insertion and radiofrequency ablation. We also offer an elective in echocardiography for students who would like a basic foundation in this high demand field.
The Edison State 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 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, phone 727-210-2350 (www.CAAHEP.org).
Graduates may apply for the invasive cardiology registry examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) for national certification. Upon success-ful completion of the national exam, graduates earn the RCIS (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist) credential.
A freshman class begins each Fall. Currently 20 freshmen are accepted each year. Class size is limited by the number of cardiology laboratories in the clinical affiliates needed for the training of students. Students will have the opportunity to practice cardiac catheterization procedures in our “on campus” cath lab prior to entering the clinical component of the curriculum. The Cardiovascular Tech-nology Program is a “limited” admission program. The criteria for admission are available through the program office or through the Health Professions office at (239)-489- 9255. Information packets with application to the program may be downloaded by visiting www.Edison.edu (go to Academic Programs, click on Academic Program Web pages, click on your program of interest to download.)
Cardiovascular Technonlogy Career Opportunities
- Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
- Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist
- Cardiac Catheterization Lab Technologist
- Electrophysiology Technologist
- Cardiovascular Clinical Applications Specialist
- Cardiovascular Management
- Cardiovascular Research
- Cardiovascular Education
Continuing Toward a Bachelor’s Degree?
You may want to consider going on to earn your bachelor’s degree with Edison State College or looking into our academic partnerships with many universities and colleges.
For more information please contact the Baccalaureate and University Programs Division at (239)-489-9295.
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The program prerequisite encompasses successful com-pletion of program acceptance process including program-level admissions points,competition with all other applicants based on academic transcript evaluation and affective skills demonstration. The clinical enrollment process requires satisfactory completion of an immunization and health report. The admissions process requires satisfactory completion of a College criminal history background check completed at the applicant’s expense.