Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
The Invasive Cardiovascular
Technology (ICT) Program is Nationally Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). 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) please refer to #Program_Accreditation_and_Licensure.
This program prides itself on building quality technologists and
future leaders in cardiovascular medicine. For more details about the program,
visit our webpage at: http://alamo.edu/spc/cardiovascular/
Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program, utilizes the following professional organizations as benchmarks in the invasive cardiovascular discipline. These proprietary credentialing organizations are tools the program uses as quality educational standards necessary to meet industry outcomes. Furthermore, these organizations advocate on-behalf of industry Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist and Cardiac Care Team. Links to these resources can be found below:
- 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 Smart - The patient education and empowerment initiative brought to you by the American College of Cardiology. Our mission is to help individuals prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.
- 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.
David Rivera, B.S., RCIS, RCS (US Navy Ret.)
Director Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program, Instructor
Benjamin Ochoa, B.S., RCIS, RCS
Clinical Coordinator, Instructor
Program Accreditation & Licensure
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (ICT) 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).
The ICT Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Their website is www.caahep.org.
Graduation, certifications and credentials are separate skill identifiers, and are the responsibility of the individual student.
Admission & Prerequisite 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. Students that are accepted into the program, are required to provide updated immunizations, drug and background screening, and personal health insurance (as described on the Health Sciences Webpage). The program cohort includes classroom lecture and laboratory courses facilitated at the college, and clinical application training conducted at any of the 22 local hospital cardiovascular and interventional radiology laboratories we have agreements with. Special Tuition Fee of $700 is applied for each enrollment per program semester.
- 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 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 outlined in the SPC Admission Requirements and Student Handbook, and only after speaking with faculty. New cohort's begin every 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:
2015 SICP Educational Guidelines for Invasive CVT Personnel
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):
2015 SICP Educational Guidelines for Invasive CVT Personnel
** 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 Examination 10 points
Total Points 100 points
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 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 our webpage. For ANY other questions regarding the material on this page, please contact the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you, and scheduling a time to explore the incredible possibilities that await you in our program!