Medical Imaging, Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Associate of Applied Science


Medical imaging technology consists of three Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees and four certificate programs.

The degree programs include:

  • medical radiography,
  • diagnostic medical sonography, and
  • invasive cardiovascular technology.

The advanced or enhanced certificate programs are:

  • computed tomography,
  • invasive cardiovascular technology,
  • magnetic resonance imaging, and
  • mammography.

Students selected for any of the medical imaging programs are required to submit a physical exam prior to admission. This physical exam must be consistent with the requirements of the teaching hospitals and agencies the student is assigned during clinical assignments and the performance standards required to function as a student imaging technologist. The exam will also include documentation of any communicable diseases along with immunity to Rubella, Measles, Mumps, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Additionally, completion of an updated Tetanus vaccine, an annual TB screening, and a seasonal flu vaccine are required.

In addition to meeting all other requirements, a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening are required for all health science students attending imaging courses, and are required prior to admission to the program. Students entering a medical imaging program will also be required to show proof of health insurance and current CPR (American Heart Associate--Health Care Provider) certification. Students may contact the medical imaging department for details regarding the criminal background check and drug screening requirements. 


Central Campus

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

An invasive cardiovascular technologist is a health care professional who, through the use of specific high-technology equipment and at the direction of a qualified physician, performs procedures on patients leading to the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. The Invasive Cardiovascular Program Technology (ICVT) prepares students to work in cardiac catheterization laboratories and other cardiac facilities. During clinical assignments, students will assist in performing diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, angiography procedures, and measuring cardiovascular parameters. The ICVT program leads to an associate of applied science (AAS) degree and encompasses a four-semester course of study requiring a total of 60 semester credit hours. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the examination to earn a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), after satisfying the examination qualification prerequisite for RCIS235-2013. Website for this exam is:

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Student Goals

  1. Students will be proficient in oral and written communication skills.
  2. Students will provide basic patient care and comfort.
  3. Students will be clinically competent by performing diagnostic invasive cardiovascular procedures.
  4. Students will demonstrate professional/ethical behavior by adhering to professional standards and scope of practice.
  5. Students will possess critical thinking skills by demonstrating the ability to recognize, identify and document abnormal anatomic structures.

Admission Criteria

A limited number of students are admitted into the program annually. Class size is determined by the availability of clinical space. All applicants must have completed the prerequisite courses prior to admission to the program. The applicant must submit a current résumé, official transcripts and two letters of recommendation. The applicant must complete and submit an application to the medical imaging department for the invasive cardiovascular technology program. Applicants must attend a mandatory information meeting (dates available on website). The applicant must also submit required health records, CPR certification (American Heart Associate- Health Care Provider), criminal background check and drug screen as stated for all medical imaging students – see medical imaging technology and Central Campus section for an explanation of requirements. Acceptance into the invasive cardiovascular technology program is determined after review of the application and completion of all requirements.

Prospective applicants should call the Medical Imaging Department at 281-476-1871 for additional information.

Plan of Study

Central Campus

Plan of Study Grid
CVTT 1201 Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab)  
Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab)
First Term
CVTT 1472 Patient Care in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology 4
CVTT 1304 Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology 3
CVTT 1307 Cardiovascular Instrumentation 3
CVTT 1313 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals I 3
CVTT 1110 Cardiac Catheterization I 1
Second Term
CVTT 1260 Clinical I - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 2
CVTT 1350 Cardiac Catheterization II 3
CVTT 1153 Catheterization Lab Fundamentals II 1
RADR 2313
Radiation Biology and Protection
or Principles of Radiologic Science
ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing 3
Third Term
CVTT 2361 Clinical II Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 3
CVTT 1340 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology 3
CVTT 2330 Advanced Cardiovascular Instrumentation 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Fourth Term
CVTT 2462 Clinical III - Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 4
CVTT 2350 Cardiovascular Professional Transition 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: CVTT 2350 Cardiovascular Professional Transition