Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree: 185.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The focus of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is to educate students in the applied science of invasive cardiovascular technology with experience in all aspects of diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures. The BS in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology is a two-year bachelor completion program, designed for radiology students wishing to advance their careers and skills within the field of radiology.

Mission Statement

The faculty and staff of the Bachelor of Science in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program strive to provide educational opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes conductive to the challenges within the advanced fields of radiology. The overall mission is to provide men and women with quality training for careers as advanced radiology health care professionals. In addition, the program provides appropriate educational experiences that encompass academic standards that reflect cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities that are necessary in preparing graduates for career success.

The program provides many opportunities for working in small groups with other healthcare professionals. These group communications and activities give the student chances to share their own experiences and learn from the experiences of others. Within the stimulating college environment, the student will be afforded the opportunity to achieve educational and personal growth goals while developing the technical skills necessary for success as cardiovascular professional.

Program Goals

The aims of the Bachelor of Science in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program are to develop a graduate who is able to:

  • Function as a competent entry-level invasive cardiovascular technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of invasive cardiology.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

  • Develop an understanding of the biological effects of radiation on humans and utilize the appropriate radiation protection equipment, measures, and recording instruments for specific invasive cardiovascular and vascular procedures.

  • Develop the skills and/or the proper handling and processing of digital recording materials.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the composition and appropriate utilization of radiographic contrast media and cardiology medicines.

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the pathological process and the common pathology demonstrated by cardiovascular procedures and imaging.

For more information, visit the Radiologic Technology page on the College of Nursing and Health Professions' website.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the program is contingent upon completion of an accredited associate degree program (or equivalent) in medical radiography. Students who have completed a hospital training program in radiology are allowed 50 quarter units of academic credit on the basis of their registry and must complete additional courses to obtain an associate degree before acceptance.

Requirements for admission to the program include:

  • Official copy of current ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist) certification.
  • Official copy of Associate Degree completion in Radiologic Technology and/or Science with with Radiologic Technology.
  • Official copy of college transcripts.
  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C"
    • Anatomy & Physiology I, II, III
    • Introduction to Computing
    • Clinical Health Informatics
    • English I, II, III
    • College-level Math
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
  • Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Compliance with the program technical standards and immunization requirements
  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/BLS) skills at the health care provider level.
  • Demonstration of competency in English reading comprehension and spoken English fluency (by the TOEFL and TSE if not born in the U.S.)

For more information, contact the College of Nursing and Health Professions about the program.

Degree Requirements 

Registered Radiology Technologist (ARRT) *50.0
General Requirements
3-Course English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
3-Course Sequence in Natural Sciences
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Computer Science Course
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Mathematics Course
MATH 100Fundamentals of Mathematics3.0
2-Course Sequence in Social/Behavior Science
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
Informatics Course
HSCI 204Clinical Health Informatics3.0
Total Transfer of A.S. to BS course hours: (89.0 Credits)
Invasive Cardiovascular (ICVT) Required Courses
ICVT Core Courses
ICVT 300Introduction to Cardiology3.0
ICVT 302Cardiovascular System2.0
ICVT 303Patient Assessment I3.0
ICVT 304Cardiac Laboratory Procedures3.0
ICVT 305Coronary Anatomy & Imaging2.0
ICVT 306ECG & Special Topics4.0
ICVT 308Cardiovascular Angiography3.0
ICVT 309Hemodynamic Data I4.0
ICVT 310Radiation Safety & Equipment3.0
ICVT 311Patient Assessment II2.0
ICVT 312Clinical Practicum I8.0
ICVT 406Disease & Medical Emergencies3.0
ICVT 407Cardiovascular Review I4.0
ICVT 409Hemodynamic Data II3.0
ICVT 410Cardiovascular Review II5.0
ICVT 411Special Topics in Cardiology2.0
ICVT 412Clinical Practicum II8.0
ICVT 422Clinical Practicum III10.0
ICVT 432Clinical Practicum IV8.0
Additional Required Health Sciences Courses
CHEM 108Health Chemistry I3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 315Interdisciplinary Health Services3.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
Total Credits184.0

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Acceptance into the program is contingent upon completion of an accredited associate degree program (or equivalent) in medical radiography. Students who have completed a hospital training program in radiology are allowed 50 quarter units of academic credit on the basis of their registry and must complete additional courses to obtain an associate degree before acceptance.



Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study 

BS Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Term 1Credits
CHEM 108Health Chemistry I3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 315Interdisciplinary Health Services3.0
ICVT 300Introduction to Cardiology3.0
ICVT 302Cardiovascular System2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
ICVT 303Patient Assessment I3.0
ICVT 304Cardiac Laboratory Procedures3.0
ICVT 305Coronary Anatomy & Imaging2.0
ICVT 306ECG & Special Topics4.0
ICVT 310Radiation Safety & Equipment3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ICVT 308Cardiovascular Angiography3.0
ICVT 309Hemodynamic Data I4.0
ICVT 311Patient Assessment II2.0
ICVT 312Clinical Practicum I8.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
ICVT 409Hemodynamic Data II3.0
ICVT 411Special Topics in Cardiology2.0
ICVT 412Clinical Practicum II8.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
ICVT 406Disease & Medical Emergencies3.0
ICVT 407Cardiovascular Review I4.0
ICVT 422Clinical Practicum III10.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
ICVT 410Cardiovascular Review II5.0
ICVT 432Clinical Practicum IV8.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 95.0

 


Career Opportunities

Cardiovascular technologists work directly with physicians in hospitals, medical centers, clinics, physician offices, mobile diagnostic units, sales, training, and education. Employment of invasive cardiovascular technologists is expected to grow through the year 2014. This growth is expected as the population ages, because heart conditions tend to develop in the older population.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on post-graduate opportunities.

Courses

CVPT 101 Perfusion Technology I 3.0 Credits

In Perfusion Technology I, the student is introduced to the various components that comprise the perfusion hardware, such as perfusion pumps, oxygenators, tubing packs and ancillary equipment used in CPB circuits. In this course, students receive extensive wet-lab experience and should be able to demonstrate a pump set-up.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CVPT 289 Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology 4.0 Credits

Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology expands knowledge learned in basic anatomy and physiology coursework. Explores the structure and mechanisms by which the cardiovascular system functions in relation to other organ systems, with an emphasis on how cardiopulmonary bypass alters normal function.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CVPT 293 Basic Surgery and Monitoring 3.0 Credits

Basic Surgery and Monitoring introduces basic surgical aspects, including sterile and aseptic techniques, interrelationships of various personnel in the operating room and various surgical techniques as they relate to perfusion. Explores all facets of patient monitoring, with an emphasis on changes associated with the conduct of perfusion.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CVPT 295 Clinical Practicum I 4.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum I exposes students to the operating room, where their primary responsibilities are observing and assisting senior students and staff perfusionists. Provides experience including pump set-up, handling case records, gathering lab data, and limited perfusion management.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CVPT 300 Clinical Practicum II 6.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum II is a course focused entirely on clinical perfusion. Includes responsibility for pump set-up and cardiopulmonary bypass case management. Includes close supervision for each individual case.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 295 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 305 Pediatric Clinical Practicum 2.0 Credits

Pediatric Clinical Practicum examines the differences among adult, infant and neonate perfusion methods during a one-month rotation to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Emphasizes circuit preparation, priming volumes, flow rates and hemodynamic changes, pharmacological agents, direct visualization of various congenital anomalies and surgical corrections.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 307 [Min Grade: D] and CVPT 330 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 307 Clinical Practicum III 6.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum III provides clinical work aimed at increasing the level of proficiency in the conduct of patient perfusion. Under supervision, students are responsible for all aspects of clinical perfusion and are exposed to specialized techniques and adjunctive technology used for cardiopulmonary bypass.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 300 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 310 Perfusion Technology II 4.0 Credits

Perfusion Technology II reinforces the operating room techniques observed in CVPT 295 in a classroom setting. Examines ancillary and perfusion support systems, including ventricular-assist devices, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, CPS, intra-aorta Balloon pumps and others.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 101 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 320 Physiologic Management of Bypass 4.0 Credits

Physiologic Management of Bypass provides an understanding of the many physiologic changes that occur during bypass and a method for safely and effectively addressing these changes. Emphasis is placed on hemodynamics, fluid balance, blood coagulation and electrocardiographic activity as they apply to perfusion.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CVPT 330 Cardiovascular Pathology 4.0 Credits

Cardiovascular Pathology provides an understanding of pathological conditions that exist in all organ systems, with special emphasis on the cardiovascular system. Discusses both acquired and congenital defects, with attention given to pathological conditions requiring cardiopulmonary bypass.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 320 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 340 Cardiovascular Pharmacology 4.0 Credits

Cardiovascular Pharmacology details the various pharmacologic interventions used for cardiovascular patients, highlighting their classification, dosage, site of action, duration of action, interactions with other drugs, precautions and side effects.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 289 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 350 Clinical Practicum IV 12.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum IV is designed to complete the students? clinical experience. Expects students, under staff supervision at all times, to act as though unsupervised in all routine cardiovascular procedures. Allows the operation of complex devices as well as student participation in emergency procedures.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 307 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 360 Cardiac Surgical Practicum 2.0 Credits

A multi-faceted course incorporating many of the disciplines found in an acute care setting. Rotations include the following observational areas: catheterization lab, recovery room, anesthesia, intra-aortic balloon pumps, surgical assisting and ventricular assist devices.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 365 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 365 Clinical Practicum V 12.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum V is an advanced course designed to focus on the initiation and discontinuation of cardiopulmonary bypass. Interaction with the surgeon and anesthesiologist is essential and proper communication skills are developed.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 350 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 370 Clinical Practicum VI 10.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum VI is an advanced course designed to focus on the patient's hemodynamic status during the preoperative, perioperative, and post operative time periods. The student is educated in proper drug and fluid administration. EKG rhythms are assessed in conjunction with post operative expectations and heart function.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 365 [Min Grade: D]

CVPT 375 Clinical Practicum VII 10.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum VII is an advanced course designed to prepare the student for handling complications which may occur during an open heart procedure. Senior students are involved in simulations which mimic actual clinical situations/problems. The students utilize their clinical experience and knowledge base to assess the operating room situations.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CVPT 370 [Min Grade: D]

Radiologic Technology Faculty

Bernadette Jervis, MSED, RT (R) (M) (MR) (Mountain State University; University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Radiologic technology, mammography, MRI, and counseling psychology.
Michael Pallanti, BS, RT(R), ARRT ( Holy Family University). Clinical Instructor. Diagnostic radiography, the operating room, and computed tomography.
Lavetta Reliford, MSRS, RT(R), ARRT (University of Kentucky, LLC; Ottawa University, Midwestern State University) Department Chair, Radiologic Technology. Assistant Clinical Professor. Radiologic technology and health care management.
Rosemary Thomas, BS, RT(R), ARRT (Cooper University Hospital). Clinical Instructor.
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