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Cardiovascular Technology for Health Care Professionals - Certificate (Career)

Application Code 270

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

This certificate is designed for individuals who are working as health care professionals and who desire to prepare themselves for advancement in the area of Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. Individuals who are currently licensed, registered or certified as a Nurse, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist, or practicing Radiologic Technologist are eligible to apply for admission to this program. Cardiovascular Technology is an allied health profession specifically dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and/or peripheral vascular disease. Graduates may apply to take the national certification exam to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS). Certified Radiologic Technologists may apply to take the examination in Cardiovascular – Interventional Technology to become a Cardiovascular Radiologic Technologist (CVRT).

Course NumberTitleCredits
CARD-120Rhythm Analysis and 12-lead ECG

2

CARD-121Cardiovascular Assessment Skills Lab

3

CARD-122Cardiac Anatomy and Pathophysiology

3

CARD-123Hemodynamics

3

CARD-124X-Ray Theory for Cardiovascular Technology

3

CARD-201Cardiovascular Pharmacology

2

CARD-220Cardiovascular Procedures

2

CARD-221Diagnostic and Interventional Procedures

8

CARD-222Advanced Intravascular Interventional Procedures

4

CARD-231Applied Clinical Practicum

3

CARD-261Clinical Internship

4

Students must have the following in their background or complete prior to enrollment in the cardiovascular course sequence:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4

-OR

BIOL-107Fundamentals of Microbiology

4

BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4

PHYS-101Technical Physical Science

4

-OR

PHYS-103Fundamentals of Physics I

4

-AND

PHYS-104Fundamentals of Physics II

4

Mathematics-Mathematics Core Course

3

Total Credit Hours: 37

A grade of “C” or better is required in cardiovascular, mathematics, and science courses.

Sciences are generally not transferable if they are ten (10) years old. Check with the office of Admissions and Advising.

Placement into ENGL-121 (or proof of completion of a college-level English course) must be demonstrated.

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.

CARD-124: Practicing Radiologic Technologists are not required to take CARD-124.

CARD-231: Students will be assigned to a clinical agency for the month of January, between the third and fourth semesters. Clinical experience is 40 hours per week.

Completion of BIOL-101 or BIOL-107 is required as a prerequisite for BIOL-203. Official transcripts, showing completion of the above prerequisite courses (with a minimum grade of “C” for CARD, mathematics, and science courses) must be submitted, with an Official Transcript Evaluation Form to the office of Admissions and Advising before candidates are eligible to be cleared into the Cardiovascular Technology courses.

For important information about this program, including the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed, please visit howardcc.edu/disclosures.