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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).

Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4

BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I

4

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II

4

PHYS-101Technical Physical Science

4

Suggested Semester 2

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

2

CARD-121Cardiovascular Assessment Skills Lab

3

CARD-122Cardiac Anatomy and Pathophysiology

3

Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
CARD-123Hemodynamics

3

CARD-124X-Ray Theory for Cardiovascular Technology

3

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
CARD-201Cardiovascular Pharmacology

2

CARD-220Cardiovascular Procedures

2

CARD-221Diagnostic and Interventional Procedures

8

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
CARD-222Advanced Intravascular Interventional Procedures

4

Total Credit Hours: 46


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

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.

An 80% pass rate is required for CARD-221 and the clinical portion of CARD-222.

For important information about this program, including the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed, please visit www.howardcc.edu/disclosure-accelerated-cardiovascular-program-for-hospital-trainees.