CVT Program FAQ

1.      What are the duties of a cardiovascular technician (CVT)?

             Cardiovascular technologists are health care professionals, under the direction of a qualified physician, who are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment    of patients with congenital and acquired heart and blood vessel disease. The invasive cardiovascular technologist is a member of the cardiac catheterization team and assists with coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention, right heart catheterizations, and the implantation of arrhythmia management devices. The studies performed in these areas are used by the cardiologist to evaluate patients for cardiovascular disease and to develop comprehensive treatment plans.

2.      What is the demand for Cardiovascular Technicians in the workplace?

Employment of cardiovascular technologists and vascular technologists is expected to grow by 29% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

3.      What is the starting salary I can expect as a CVT?

The median annual wage of cardiovascular technologists and vascular technologists was $49,410 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,610, and the top 10 percent earned more than $77,020.The average wage per hour is $23.75 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

4.      What is the length of the program?

             The program is 5 semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring. The Program is a total of 73 credit hours.

5.      When are students admitted to the program?

A new cohort of students is admitted once each year for the Fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall cohort is March 1st each year.

6.      What is the admission process?

             A selection committee reviews all of the applications for completeness and program requirements.  Qualified applicants will be granted an interview with CVT faculty. Once the interviews are completed, applicants will be ranked according to a point system which includes:

· ACT/SAT Scores

· College GPA or High School GPA if less than  12 college hours completed

· General education courses completed

· Interview

7.      Will there be a drug screen and background check for students?

             Admission to the program is contingent on the applicant passing a national background check, which includes fraud and sex offender registry, and a 10 panel drug screen. International students must provide a security clearance from their home country.

8.      How will I know if I am accepted into the program?

            Once the selection process has been completed for the incoming Fall cohort, each student will be notified by a letter sent via US Postal service of their admission status.

9.      What is the cost of the program?

PROGRAM ESTIMATED COSTS

(Tuition and Fees subject to change)

TCC Application (one time fee)                          $20.00

Tuition & Student Fees—$119/hr x 73 hrs         $8687.00

Laboratory Fees—$12.00/lab course x 3          $36.00

Books                                                                 $1500.00

Malpractice Insurance $13.50/yr                        $27.00

Drug screen and Background check                 $150.00

Grand Total                                                      $10,420

10.   Where are the courses taught?

The coursework will be taught at the TCC Owasso location and clinical experiences will be offered throughout northeastern Oklahoma. The Clinical Coordinator will work with students to match them with available clinical sites.

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