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Cardiovascular Technology, Certificate

Cardiovascular Technologists (CVT) are highly skilled professionals trained to work alongside Cardiologists to perform invasive diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular procedures. Students will also develop skills in the preparation and monitoring of the patient during these diagnostic and therapeutic exams.

Throughout the program, students are provided with hands-on experience in cooperation with various hospitals under the direction of the Program Director, program faculty, clinical instructor, and technologists. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Examination administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Clinical learning experiences are provided by affiliating hospitals. Didactic learning experiences occur through an online environment and in-person laboratory practice. Both are equally important to the development of the competent cardiovascular technologist.

Please visit the Cardiovascular Tech web page for Program Admissions requirements.

Financial Aid

This program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Program Courses and Requirements


Program Admissions Requirements

  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the high school equivalency GED (General Education Development) Test.
  • Have a high school or college GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Math competency must be demonstrated through any one of the following ways:
    • Math Placement Test (ALEKS) with a score of 30 or higher within the last five years or
    • Completion of MA 098 or higher with a grade of C or higher within the last five years.
  • Reading and writing requirement competency must be demonstrated through any one of the following ways:
    • EN 101 with a grade of C or better or
    • Score of 26 on ACT or 400+ on SAT within the last five years or
    • Accuplacer placement test scores of 249+ on the reading portion and 4+ on the written portion within the last five years (or exam equivalent at attending academic institution as they see fit)
  • Earn a grade of C or higher within two attempts in the following course (a withdrawal is considered an attempt)
    • BI 117: General Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Earn a grade C or better in GH110: Medical Terminology 1.
  • Pass a preliminary Criminal Background Check.
  • Pass a 7-panel drug screen
  • Completion or near completion of all General Education course requirements for an associate degree in accordance with your academic institution.

Clinical Education Access Requirements

The Cardiovascular Technology Program requires students to have the following vaccinations, CPR, and health insurance once admitted into the program.

  • TB test results, or Chest X-ray date and report* 
  • Hepatitis B series
  • Tdap
  • Date of Chicken pox or Varicella immunization
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Flu vaccine*
  • COVID - 19 Vaccine*
  • CPR - American Red Cross:  BLS/CPR for Health Insurance or American Heart Association:  BLS provider only must also be completed.  No other types of providers will be accepted
  • Health Insurance - proof of documented and maintained through the duration of the program.

*A flu immunization and TB test or screening must be completed yearly. The TB must not lapse, and the flu vaccine must be acquired no later than November 1.

*GRCC medical exemptions will be addressed once in the program. However, the program cannot guarantee GRCC awarded exemptions will be accepted at every clinical site.

Contact Summer Madrid at for specific vaccination requirements.

Clinical Sites

  • Corewell Health -Grand Rapids (Formerly Spectrum Health)
  • Ascension Borgess Hospital -Kalamazoo
  • Bronson Healthcare -Kalamazoo
  • Trinity Health- Grand Rapids
  • Trinity Health -Muskegon
  • Hurley Medical Center - Flint

Additional Program Information

  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). A felony conviction may affect the graduate’s ability to sit for examination. It is strongly recommended to contact CCI prior to program start or early on in the program for pre-application to determine a student’s eligibility to sit for the exam if previously convicted of a felony. Information regarding the RCIS exam application can be found at CCI’s website:

Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)

3739 National Drive, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC 27612 USA
(919) 861-4539

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Program Contact and Application Information

CVT Certificate Application Process

Please contact:

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