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Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive

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The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program prepares individuals through the use of specific high-technology equipment at the direction of qualified physicians, to assist in the performance of procedures on patients leading to the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease. The entry level practitioner will use physiologic analytical equipment for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, perform advanced cardiac life support techniques, make anatomic and physiologic diagnosis, and demonstrate values and attitudes congruent with professional standards and ethics. Currently enrolled students or program graduates are eligible to sit for the Invasive Cardiovascular Registry Exam, which is administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) .

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Program Accreditation

The Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT), 6 Pine Knoll Dr, Bevery, MA 01915, 978-456-5594.

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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

1. Completion of the admissions application to NCTC.
2. Completion of the CVT Program Application.
3. Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses. Reading assessment score greater than or equal to 78 or completing ENGL0095 prior to the first fall term. Elementary Algebra assessment score greater than or equal to 60 or completing MATH0094 or MATH0098 prior to the first spring semester.
4. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study prior to entering CVST 1104. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.
5. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) or CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) prior to entering CVST 2210.
6. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
7. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form prior to CVST 2210.
8. Refer to the Cardiovascular Technology Program Handbook for time limits on transfer of technical and general education credits and for specific program progression policies.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
CVST 2132 Cardio Pathophysiology 4 credits
CVST 2210 Cardio Clinical I 1 credits
CVST 2212 Fund Cardio Tech I 4 credits
CVST 2214 Fund Cardio Tech II 5 credits
CVST 2216 Fund Cardio Tech III 3 credits
CVST 2220 Cardio Clinical II 5 credits
CVST 2225 Adv Cardiac Skills CVT 1 credits
CVST 2232 Cardio Clinical III 7 credits
CVST 2238 Cardio Clinical IV 7 credits
HLTH 1105 Intro Cardiovascular Tech 3 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 1114 Intro Electrocardiography 2 credits
HLTH 1120 Office Radiography 2 credits
HLTH 2002 Pharmacology 2 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
PHIL 2210 Morals and Medicine 3 credits
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 67 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will perform Cardiovascular Technologist job duties safely with competency and proficiency.
2. Student will apply safety and infection control practices within the standards of the healthcare industry.
3. Student will demonstrate organizational and technical skills necessary to perform required duties of a cardiovascular technologist.
4. Student will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to organize clinical information.
5. Student will demonstrate professional characteristics, behaviors, attitudes, and ethical standards within the scope of cardiovascular technology practices.
6. Student will communicate effectively and appropriately with medical professionals, team-members, patients and patient families with respect for diversity of culture, age, and gender.
7. Student will apply knowledge of basic science to the practice of Cardiovascular Technology.
8. Student will apply principles and practices of radiation as it pertains to the cardiovascular technologist.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Technical career opportunities for qualified individuals who wish to pursue a career in the field of cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment are exceptional. Opportunities for Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists exist for acute care facilities. Further, graduates of this major are educated to promote paraprofessional career opportunities to meet the objectives of a demanding and growing cardiovascular profession.

The employment outlook for cardiovascular technologists and technicians in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 29%, a high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Robert Peters
  • Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Instructor
  • (218) 793-2591