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Accelerated Cardiovascular Program for Hospital Trainees - Certificate (Career)

Application Code 134

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

This certificate prepares students to meet the theoretical, technical, and clinical responsibilities associated with the cardiovascular field. To be eligible for this certificate, a student must be assigned by an employer to a cardiac catheterization laboratory setting. The clinical environment combines innovative procedures and state-of-the-art equipment and provides the opportunity to work with other health professionals in providing cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional therapies. Graduates may apply to take the national certification examination to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4 credits

-or

BIOL-107Fundamentals of Microbiology

4 credits

BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

PHYS-101Technical Physical Science

4 credits

CARD-120Rhythm Analysis & 12-LEAD ECG

2 credits

CARD-121Cardiovascular Assessment Skills Lab

3 credits

CARD-122Cardiac Anatomy and Pathophysiology

3 credits

CARD-123Hemodynamics

3 credits

CARD-124X-Ray Theory for Cardiovascular Technology

3 credits

CARD-201Cardiovascular Pharmacology

2 credits

CARD-220Cardiovascular Procedures

2 credits

CARD-221Diagnostic & Interventional Prodecures

8 credits

CARD-222Advanced Intravascular Interventional Procedures

4 credits

Students must also complete ENGL-096, if required, and be eligible to enroll in ENGL-121 and a Mathematics Core course.

BIOL-101, BIOL-107, BIOL-203, BIOL-204: Admission to the Accelerated Cardiovascular Program is based upon successful completion of BIOL-101 or BIOL-107, and BIOL-203 and BIOL-204. Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite courses must be completed no more than five years prior to admission to the first cardiovascular course. If coursework exceeds the five-year limit, a student may take an exam(s) to demonstrate competence or repeat the course(s). BIOL-107 and PHYS-101 prerequisite courses must be completed no more than ten years prior to admission to the first cardiovascular course.

CARD-121: Students will be expected to participate in four 8-hour days of clinical experience during the semester in addition to scheduled class time. A health form is required.

Total Credit Hours: 46

For important information about this financial aid-eligible program that leads to gainful employment, please visit www.howardcc.edu/disclosures.