Cardiovascular Technologists are allied health professionals specifically focused on the diagnostic and interventional treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease under the care of the physician.
The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a single service program that has a two-phase field of study schedule. Five-month resident training is first conducted at METC and then the students transition to an eight-month clinical training that is conducted at military treatment facilities (MTF).
Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Cardiovascular Technicians within fixed and deployable medical facilities. The Cardiovascular Technician program provides training in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine to include invasive cardiology (cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology), non-invasive cardiology (echocardiography, electrocardiography), and critical care treatment and transportation.
Subjects include: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, pharmacology, electrocardiography, echocardiography, radiography, and cardiac catheterization techniques.
Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Students will receive further instruction and practice in medical ethics, patient care, and a pre-clinical comprehensive that prepares students to transition to a clinical setting.
Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF. This training will prepare Cardiovascular Technician trainees to practice as entry-level Cardiovascular Specialists. Areas of study includes instruction in invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular medicine, coronary anatomy, electrocardiography, stress testing, echocardiography, scrub techniques, circulation and radiology, hemodynamic monitoring, electrophysiology and critical care while utilizing Cardiology Services Department facilities at MTFs.
Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
The Cardiovascular Technician program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org
). The Cardiovascular Technician program complies with requirements and recommendations of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (CAAHEP: JRC-CVT) (www.jrccvt.org
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588-1032
Graduates of the Cardiovascular Technician program are eligible to apply for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS), Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS), Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) and Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) credentials through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (www.cci-online.org
METC CVT PROGRAM OUTCOMES
2021 to 2019
The 3-Year Total 2021 to 2019 column percentage calculations are based on overall student positive outcomes over the 3-year total student throughput, and not the average of the three (3) graduation years combined.