Graduates of the Cardiovascular Technology Program are prepared to become credentialed as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) after successful completion of the national RCIS Examination. Cardiovascular technology is an allied health profession specifically focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and vascular disease. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist is employed in cardiovascular catheterization laboratories (cath labs). Our specialty of invasive cardiovascular technology will prepare the graduate to function in multiple facets in the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory. Working with a Cardiologist they perform sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify cardiac and vascular disorders. These include coronary artery disease, cardiac valve disease, vascular disease, and disorders of the heart's electrical conduction system. Cardiovascular Technologists perform diagnostic cardiovascular catheterization studies on patients including coronary and vascular angiography and hemodynamic monitoring and analysis. They also assist the cardiologist in interventional procedures including coronary and vascular angioplasty and interventions, direct infarct angioplasty, rotablator procedures, intra-coronary and vascular stenting, and pacemaker/defibrillator insertion.
Current occupational employment and wages data for Cardiovascular Technologists are published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292031.htm.
The Cardiovascular Technology Program admits students once per year and starts each Fall semester. The curriculum includes a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. General Education and Program Specific coursework may be taken on various campuses but the Cardiovascular Technology core courses are only offered on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus. Clinical education occurs at affiliated hospitals throughout Southwest Florida.
The Florida SouthWestern State College Cardiovascular Technology program is nationally accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
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Cardiovascular Technology has limited enrollment due to the rigorous clinical education requirements for the program. Acceptance to Florida SouthWestern State College does not imply acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the program office or through the School of Health Professions office at (239) 489-9255. Admission applications are located at www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/ascardiotech.
Admission to the program is determined by admissions points, academic transcript evaluation, and affective skills demonstration. Admissions points are awarded for the completion of General Education coursework and prospective students are encouraged to complete as many courses as possible, prior to starting the Cardiovascular Technology Core coursework. Pre-admission requirements include satisfactory completion of the following:
- Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Examination
- Panel Interview
- College-approved criminal records check and drug testing at the applicant's expense.
After acceptance, students must complete the following:
- Immunization and health report
- TB Skin Test
- Certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) obtained during the months of June-August, prior to Fall Year 2 semester start.
BACCALAUREATE DEGREE OPPORTUNITY:
Florida SouthWestern State College also offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. Graduates of the AS Degree Program in Cardiovascular Technology with the RCIS credential may enroll in this degree program and complete remaining courses to earn the bachelor's degree. For more information, please contact the School of Health Professions (239) 489-9255.