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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program

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About Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (ICVT) is used to diagnose and treat patients with various degrees of cardiovascular disease specifically related to the heart. Sophisticated equipment is used to enter the body (i.e., invasive) through peripheral arteries or veins in order to study the vessels, valves and chambers of the heart, and to diagnose and treat disease. A trained ICVT specialist assists a team of healthcare professionals in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

The Cardiovascular Institute utilizes multiple Baylor Scott & White facilities for clinical externship training with a 1:1 clinical instructor to student ratio, which provides an excellent clinical education for each student. Experienced instructors, sophisticated audiovisual (A/V) equipment and classrooms, and a challenging didactic schedule combined with real-world clinical experience make the Cardiovascular Institute a competitive career choice in the Allied Health field in Cardiovascular Invasive Technology.

Students will learn to become competent entry-level Invasive Cardiovascular Technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and will be qualified to sit for national credentialing examinations. Graduates may work in a variety of allied healthcare settings, from large hospital centers to small outpatient clinics, performing diagnostic invasive examinations in the adult patient.

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is a certificate-level, 51-week training program that prepares students to enter the healthcare field. Students will learn to become competent entry-level invasive cardiovascular technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains and will be qualified to sit for national credentialing examination. Graduates may work in hospitals and in university teaching medical centers that perform life-saving cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures.

Srini Potluri, MD, FACC FSCAI

Medical Director, Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program

Kyle H. Ellington, AAS, RCIS

Instructor – Clinical Coordinator, Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Program

Eligibility for Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

The application process is open to applicants who meet all of the following minimum criteria at the time of program commencement:  

 
  • 18 years of age 
  • Two-year Associates Degree from an accredited college or university* 
  • Eight credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology with Labs, grade of “C” or better, within the last six years 
  • Possess the physical and mental qualities required to work in this profession** 
  • Proof of current immunizations and TB test*** 

*Bachelors of Science degrees or higher are preferred.  
** See "Physical, Interpersonal, Communication, Mobility, Tactical, Hearing and Visual Demands", page 39.  
*** Immunizations must be current prior to school start. 

Provide this list of immunizations to your Primary Care Provider (PCP): 

 
  • Two Mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) vaccines or positive titers 
  • Two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines or positive titers (history of chicken pox is not acceptable) 
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) given after age 18 years 
  • Influenza (flu) only in flu season 
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test (TST within last three months or Quantiferion within last 6 months) 
  • Hepatitis B (Recommended, but not mandatory) 
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required by Baylor Scott & White Health along with our Clinical Affiliates

Application Process

Admission to Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano's Cardiovascular Institute is a competitive process and a limited number of applicants are accepted each year. The student should demonstrate a dependable, mature demeanor and interact well with other people. The student should have a genuine desire to care for the disabled and sick, and have the ability to work well under pressure.

 

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How Do I Apply?

Complete applications with all of the following items must be received by the school. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Completed application form
  • $100 application fee
  • Current resumé
  • Two letters of reference (one work/professional and one personal)
  • Academic transcript (Official only)
  • Essay (see essay guidelines below)

Proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
(must be maintained throughout the term if accepted)

Application Essay Guidelines

Your completed application must include an essay about your history and future goals in the field of cardiovascular technology. The essay must meet the following criteria:

  • Two pages
  • 12-point font
  • Double-spaced

Use the following questions as a framework for your essay:

  • Why do you want to pursue a career in cardiovascular technology?
  • How have your prior experiences prepared you for this career?
  • What specific qualities do you possess that set you part from other applicants?
  • Looking beyond graduation, what would you like to accomplish in this field?

Program Cost

The cost of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is $22,000. Program tuition includes:

  • All administrative fees, lab fees, and required textbooks,
  • Baylor Scott & White laptop for school use (returned upon graduation)
  • Four sets of black hospital scrubs embroidered with the school logo
  • One-year membership to the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP) which includes access to its members-only website content

Upon successful completion of the program, examination fee reimbursement for the CCI national credentialing examination for Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that as of May 2021, an Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Specialist in Texas had a mean annual salary of $56,890.

Resources

All students enrolled in a Cardiovascular Institute program will be expected to abide by all policies and procedures stated in the program’s Student Handbook & Catalog.

Student Handbook

As you continue your education here at the Cardiovascular Institute, peruse our student handbook to familiarize yourself with our programs, policies and accolades.

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Academic Calendar

The Cardiovascular Institute hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM weekdays, except for Baylor Scott & White Health recognized holidays and school breaks.

The yearly school break schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

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Working Here

We take great pride in the education, expertise and exemplary care that we offer to our surrounding communities in North and Central Texas. Here are some of the great reasons to further your education at The Heart Hospital.

Growth

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute utilizes multiple BSWH facilities for clinical internship training with a 1:1 clinical instructor to student ratio, which provides an excellent clinical education for each student.

The school maintains experienced instructors, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, dedicated skills labs, and classrooms.

These educational tools, combined with a challenging didactic schedule and real-world clinical experience, make the Cardiovascular Institute a competitive choice for professional education in the Allied Health field.

Life in Plano

Plano is one of the best places for professional families to live and work. With excellent public and private schools, low crime and affordable homes, Plano provides a great environment to raise a family. With award-winning schools, world-class recreation, diverse residential neighborhoods, and a resounding hometown spirit among community members, it is easy to see why over 270,000 people call Plano home.

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Why Baylor Scott & White Health

With over a decade of excellent cardiovascular care, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is known for unmatched quality care for patients and their families. We always strive to provide the country’s top cardiologists and programs to Texas. Our superb care and treatments are internationally renowned and our patients can attest to that reputation – in fact, we have treated patients from 46 states and 12 countries.

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