Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
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 Advanced 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 Advanced Cardiac Life Saving (ACLS).
What can I do with this course of study?
Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist
Program Accepts Applications: March 1 – June 1
What's special about the program?
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (ICVT) 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.
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, 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775-7709 or call 727-210-2350 for questions about the program's accreditation. For more information on programmatic accreditation please click here.
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, which 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 for 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.
Student applications are reviewed and selected prior to admission to the program (in accordance with school applications policy).
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 application and selection process)
Program Accepts Applications: March 1 – June 1
Program Application Deadline: Postmarked June 1
Notifications Sent to Applicants: Jun 15th (by ACES email)
Applicants that have NOT completed the requirements have until the 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.
All accepted applicants will be ranked in accordance with a program point system. The top 15-25 applicants will be interviewed. Notifications of selection will be sent out by June 15th. Students accepted into the Invasive Cardiovascular Program will be provided directions on when to attend the mandatory orientation.
Additional Requirements & Information:
Students are required to attend clinical rotations as an integral part of the training program. Clinical sites are located around the San Antonio area and students are expected to travel up to 100 miles to clinical sites.
Some of our clinical affiliates include:
- Methodist Healthcare System
- Baptist Health System
- Central Texas Medical Center
- Rhythm Endovascular & Heart Institute of Texas
- University Health System
- Christus Santa Rosa Health System
- South Texas Cardiovascular and Rhythm Center
- Veterans Affairs
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:
No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment or under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the College District. H.1.1
Ben Ochoa, BS, RCIS, RCS
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330N