If you thrive in a fast-paced, team-based work environment and have a passion for making a difference in the lives of other people, the highly specialized health care role of cardiovascular technology may be a great fit for you.
Cardiovascular Technologists are assistants to physicians and aid in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and blood vessel issues. Cardiovascular technologists generally have an associate’s degree or higher. Graduates of TCC's Cardiovascular Technology program receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science and are eligible to take the national Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist exam from Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
Prepare for the workplace
TCC’s invasive Cardiovascular Technology program prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors needed to become a successful invasive cardiovascular technologist. As a CVT, you will assist cardiologists in performing diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions for individuals with congenital and acquired cardiac diseases. Our CVT program consists of five semesters and is considered a full-time program of specialized courses completed in a progressive sequence. The academic coursework is being offered at TCC’s Owasso Community Campus with clinical experiences at various sites in the Tulsa metro and surrounding area.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
Employment Outlook and Outcomes
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). 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)
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Requirements
An extensive criminal background check, including, but not limited to, a seven-year county of residence and nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates. All Allied Health Service students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks and a drug screening test by the Allied Health Division Office deadline and prior to the first clinical rotation. Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.
The Tulsa Community College Cardiovascular Technology Program is accredited in invasive cardiology by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) based on the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is located at 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, phone 727-210-2350 (www.CAAHEP.org)