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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).

Suggested 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

Suggested 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.