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Cardiovascular Technology (CVT)

Partner of the Education Programs in Collaboration (EPiC) Consortium in association with the Michigan Community Colleges Association (MCCA).

The CVT program is offered through a partnership with other Educational Programs in Collaboration (EPiC) Consortium and funded through the Strengthening Community Colleges grant program. Each college within the EPiC Consortium enrolls students in the program under their admission criteria and each awards the degree according to that college’s completion requirements.

Students in the program complete CVT courses delivered in an online environment by one of the EPiC colleges within the consortium. Clinical education courses are arranged through the EPiC Consortium’s educational coordinator in collaboration with the CVT departments of affiliating hospitals. 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 to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

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What is the Cardiovascular Technologist's job?

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.

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.

How to Apply

  1. Review the CVT Application Process
  2. Apply to GRCC today

Program information

Mission statement and goals

The mission and purpose of the EPiC Cardiovascular Technologist Program is to provide for both the personal and professional career development of each Cardiovascular Technologist student.

The general goals of the program are:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for competency as an entry-level Cardiovascular Technologist.
  2. Graduates will exhibit professional growth and development through the values, attitudes and behaviors necessary of an entry-level Cardiovascular Technologist.
  3. To prepare entry-level cardiovascular technologists who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.
  4. To prepare graduate to communicate effectively and professionally.
  5. Graduates will complete the program within the scheduled timeframe with the ability to earn Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credentials to successfully work in the field of Cardiovascular Technology.

Program outcomes and objectives

Graduates of the EPiC Cardiovascular Technology program will be able to function as competent entry-level cardiovascular technologists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains within the procedural room environment. After completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the RCIS exam.

Upon completion of the required courses within the Cardiovascular Technology program curriculum, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of aseptic technique, sterile technique, and infection precautions. (Psychomotor) (Cognitive)
  2. Interact professionally within the procedural room environment, concerning all parties. (Affective)
  3. Function in the role of the cardiovascular technologist within the procedural team and the catheterization lab environment. (Psychomotor) (Cognitive)
  4. Identify the structures and functions of the human heart and vasculature and commonly found pathologies. (Cognitive)
  5. Identify and prepare for the specific uses of the essential furnishings, equipment, and supplies used for procedures within the cardiac catheterization lab. (Psychomotor) (Cognitive)
  6. 6. Protect and respect the patient’s right to privacy and safety. (Psychomotor)(Cognitive)(Affective)
  7. Prepare all sterile areas, instruments, and equipment required for a catheterization laboratory procedure. (Psychomotor)
  8. Assist with the sterile draping, gowning, gloving, case management, and other preparations essential to cardiovascular procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab. (Psychomotor)
  9. Assist with the procedure including: patient pre-procedure preparation, preparing equipment and procedure room, passing of instruments and equipment, correctly handling all sterile equipment and supplies, monitoring patient vitals and hemodynamics, proper documentation of procedure and vitals, provide patient education related to cardiovascular catheterization, and quality assurance of equipment. (Psychomotor) (Affective) (Cognitive)
  10. Recognize changes in hemodynamics, patient vitals, and cardiac rhythms and respond accordingly while conscientiously adhering to required precautions in patient care. (Cognitive) (Psychomotor)
  11. Dismantle a procedural room set-up following a procedure including: preparation of specimens for delivery to the laboratory, disconnecting equipment, separation of disposable and non-disposable items, and caring for instruments according to hospital policy and procedure. (Psychomotor)(Cognitive)

Clinical sites

  • Corewell Health West (Formerly Spectrum Health)- Grand Rapids
  • Trinity Health- Grand Rapids
  • U of M West- Grand Rapids
  • Trinity Health- Muskegon
  • Ascension Borgess- Kalamazoo
  • Bronson Methodist- Kalamazoo
  • Corewell Health Southwest (Formerly Spectrum Health Lakeland/St. Joseph)
  • McLaren- Lansing
  • Sparrow- Lansing
  • McLaren- Flint
  • Hurley- Flint
  • MyMichigan Health- Midland
  • Henry Ford Hospital- Detroit 

*The off-site locations are located within a 153 mile radius of the GRCC’s main Grand Rapids campus. Students are responsible for transportation to the off site locations and any other costs associated with attending the off-campus location.

Immunization Requirements

Students should be aware some vaccinations require a series of injections. In these instances, the entire series must be completed by the end of the first semester of the program in order to attend surgical clinical rotations.

Students are encouraged to consult with their healthcare provider before starting the program to ensure they can meet these immunization requirements:

  • Tuberculosis (Two skin tests or one blood test)
  • Measles
  • Rubeola
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella
  • Influenza
  • other immunizations as required.

Contact Info

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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