Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching and learning and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion. 

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.

NOTICE TO CURRENT Invasive Cardiovascular Technology STUDENTS

1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program has completed 100% of the program requirements required. Students are completing assignments to complete the rest of the clinical hours and will finish their semester on time.

2) How will I do my skills check off this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program has no lab/skills check for the first semester Level I courses and students have completed their skills check for Level II clinical courses.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete at the semester?

The St. Philip’s College Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program will be able to finish their clinical site requirements virtually in Spring 2020. There is no disruption to their current curriculum and will finish the semester on time.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

Students in the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit.

According to the Student Handbook under Student Grade Changes and Appeals, it states:

  • You (student) have a maximum of one year from the end of the term in which the final grade was issued to request a review of the grade or petition for a grade change. Judging the quality of academic performance rests with the instructor assigned to the course. If you believe that the grade is incorrect, you should schedule a conference with the instructor or, if the instructor is not available, the department chair. If you still are not satisfied with the grade, you can file an Academic Grievance within five days of the instructor’s decision. See Academic Grievance Procedure in the “District, State and Federal Regulations” section of the e‐catalog.
5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

The current cohort will begin as scheduled. The program will follow a 10-week summer semester.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

For questions or concerns, please contact the Program Director, Ben Ochoa via email or office phone. The email address is bochoa31@alamo.edu. The phone number is 210-486-2049.

NOTICE TO INTERESTED INVASIVE CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGY

1) Are applications still being accepted?

Currently, applications for the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program are being accepted for the Fall 2020 start. The applications are due by June 1, 2020, no later than 4:00 pm.  Please see the Application and Selection process on the webpage: https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/programs/health-and-biosciences/invasive-cardiovascular-technology/

Please click on the + to open the section and click on the Apply Now button for the application.

2) What do I do if I don’t have my TEAS score yet?

The TEAS score will not be required for the Fall 2020 start.

3) What if I am missing components of the application due to COVID related reasons?

It is important that we receive the application by the June 1st deadline. If you are missing components due to COVID related reasons or if you are waiting on a grade to be posted, please note that in the application.

4) When will interviews be conducted?

Interviews will be conducted after the June 1st deadline.

5) Can I send electronic transcripts?

You can send your electronic transcripts to the email: Bochoa31@alamo.edu

6) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program will have a Fall cohort.

7) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Students accepted to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program will be contacted via their SPC student email accounts. No acceptance letters will be emailed to an applicant’s personal email address. Please make sure the information you provide is current and legible.

There is a time limit to accept. If the department receives no response from the student, the department will take that as declination and will move on to another applicant.

8) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

All questions related to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program should be directed to the following personnel:

Benjamin Ochoa BS, RCIS, RCS, FACVP
Program Director
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program
St. Philip’s College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203
Direct: (210) 486-2049 | Alt: (253) 973-3688
Email: bochoa31@alamo.edu

What is the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program?

The program proudly prepares students to work in the specialized field of cardiovascular medicine, operating in the Invasive Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Students will become competent performing complex cardiac procedures to include: Percutaneous Transcatheter Coronary Angiography (PTCA), Peripheral Coronary Interventions (PCI), Electrophysiology studies, Peripheral Vascular Angiography/Interventions, Hemodynamic Cardiac Pressure Monitoring, and Acute Cardiac Life Saving (ACLS). Graduates of the program qualify to challenge the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential exam by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

What will I learn?

How to perform complex cardiac procedures to include: Percutaneous Transcatheter Coronary Angiography (PTCA), Peripheral Coronary Interventions (PCI), Electrophysiology studies, Peripheral Vascular Angiography/Interventions, Hemodynamic Cardiac Pressure Monitoring, and Acute Cardiac Life Saving (ACLS).

What can I do with this course of study?

Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist

What's special about the program?

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (ICT) Program is Nationally Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). This program prides itself on building quality technologists and future leaders in cardiovascular medicine. 

Graduates of the program qualify to challenge the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential exam.
Accreditation, Program Credentialing and Outcomes

Accreditation

St. Philip's College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact information for the Commission on Colleges is, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Philip's College.  For more information on institutional accreditation please click here

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Contact information for CAAHEP is, 25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 or call 727-210-2350 for questions about the program's accreditation.  For more information on programmatic accreditation please click here.

Program Credentialing 

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, that encompasses a four-semester and 60 semester credit hours course of study. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), but only after satisfying the requirements set forth by CCI. **Please refer to CCI’s RCIS credentialing requirements further guidance. Furthermore, qualified techs that meet credentialing and facility requirements to work in the cardiac cath lab, may apply for a Limited Medical Radiologic Technology (LMRT) License (**State of Texas requirement to operate radiographic equipment within the lab). 

Graduation, certifications and credentials are separate skill identifiers, and are the responsibility of the individual student.

Program Outcomes

THECB Statutory Requirement

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

Student applications are reviewed and selected prior to admission to the program (in accordance with school applications policy). Program admission is evaluated to ensure each students, but not limited to, have successfully completed: prerequisite requirement, meet cumulative 2.7 GPA, previous healthcare experience (preferred), and taken TEAS exam.

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Prerequisite 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)
Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Applications are accepted throughout the 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 HandbookThe 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.

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Selection Process:

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.   

Additional Requirements & Information:

**Before final acceptance, students are required to complete the following requirements prior to class start: 

The following resource link has been provided to assist you in gathering and completing the necessary requirements PRIOR to attending the program and for student life:

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Ben Ochoa, BS, RCIS, RCS 
bochoa31@alamo.edu 
210-486-2049
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330H