Cardiovascular Technician

 

Cardiovascular technicians 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 Cardiovascular Technician program provides simulated and live 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. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Students will receive instruction and practice in medical ethics, patient care, and a pre-clinical comprehensive review that prepares students to transition to a clinical setting. The instructional design for the Cardiovascular Technician program consolidated courses is group paced. Lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized during pre-clinical training. Clinical training may occur at military or civilian treatment facilities. Clinical training includes instruction in invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular medicine.




 
 US Air Force
AFSC: N/A

 US Army
MOS: N/A

 US Navy
NEC: Cardiovascular Technician
Program Length: 795 hours
Iterations per year: 2
 

School Code 083


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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.

Accreditation Information:


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
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588-1032
(978) 456-5594

 

Credentialing Information:

Graduates of the Cardiovascular Technician program are eligible to apply for the Registered Cardiovascular Specialist (RCIS) and Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) credentials through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (www.cci-online.org).

METC CVT PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Graduation
Year
2020 2019 2018 3-Year Total
2020 to 2018
Retention 62.86% 67.50% 76.47% 68.94%
Positive
Placement
66.67% 100.0% 100% 88.89%
CCI RCIS
Pass Rate
71.00% 74.07% 100.0% 81.69%
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