A.A.S., Major in Cardiovascular Technology

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The cardiovascular technologist is a health care professional who, at the direction of a licensed physician, performs diagnostic tests which are used in the diagnosis, treatment and serial follow-up of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular Technology is a title used to describe two basic areas of expertise: Invasive Cardiology and Non-Invasive Cardiology.

Invasive Cardiology utilizes highly sophisticated equipment to perform procedures on patients for diagnostic and interventional treatment of cardiovascular diseases as part of the cardiac cauterization team. The invasive technologist assists a qualified cardiologist in all aspects of the cardiac cauterization.

Non-Invasive Cardiology utilizes ultrasound to perform diagnostics examinations on patients. The non-invasive technologist will utilize state-of-the-art equipment to recognize, calculate, interpret and analyze hemodynamic data derived from the cardiac study.

Admission: This is a limited enrollment program accepting 20 students to begin in spring term. In order to apply for the clinical phase of the Cardiovascular Technology program, students must complete the listed program-ready courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may enter the college at any time to begin the specified program-ready courses. Once these courses have been successfully completed, a student may submit a Program-Ready or Merit Application to be considered for acceptance into a clinical semester. For more details about this progress, please complete a Health Science and Nursing Information Session.

Program Location: Greenwood

Program Options: Invasive Track, Non-Invasive Track

Contact Information:  Christy Nichols (Invasive), Laura Rawlings (Non-Invasive)


Required Courses

Additional Program Information


AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I* 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
          Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0

*The prerequisite to BIO 210 is BIO 112. Successful completion or exemption of BIO 112 is required before BIO 210. Each student is required to complete BIO 211 before the beginning of the 2nd semester and SPC 205 before the beginning of the 3rd semester.

Day Program

Invasive Track

CVT 101 Introduction to Cardiovascular 2.0
CVT 102 Cardiac and Vascular Pathophysiology 3.0
CVT 104 Cardiovascular Patient Assessment 3.0
CVT 108 Medical Physics and Instrumentation 2.0
CVT 120 Invasive Cardiology I 3.0
CVT 122 Invasive Cardiology Clinical I 5.0
CVT 121 Cardiovascular Patient Assessment 3.0
CVT 124 Invasive Cardiology Clinical II 5.0
CVT 110 Hemodynamics and Cardiac Care Physiology 2.0
CVT 223 Invasive Cardiology III 3.0
CVT 225 Invasive Cardiology Clinical III 6.0
CVT 212 Invasive Cardiology Drug Calculations and Administration 2.0
CVT 226 Invasive Cardiology Special Topics 2.0
CVT 252 Invasive Cardiology Clinical IV 5.0
Total Credit Hours: 72.0


Non-Invasive Track

CVT 101 Introduction to Cardiovascular 2.0
CVT 102 Cardiac and Vascular Pathophysiology 3.0
CVT 104 Cardiovascular Patient Assessment 3.0
CVT 106 Introduction to Non-Invasive Physics 4.0
CVT 140 Non-Invasive Cardiology I 3.0
CVT 142 Non-Invasive Cardiology Clinical I 5.0
CVT 107 Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Physics 4.0
CVT 141 Non-Invasive Cardiology II 3.0
CVT 144 Non-Invasive Cardiology Clinical II 5.0
CVT 243 Non-Invasive Cardiology III 3.0
CVT 245 Non-Invasive Cardiology Clinical III 6.0
CVT 246 Non-Invasive Cardiology Special Topics 2.0
CVT 250 Non-Invasive Cardiology Clinical IV 5.0
Total Credit Hours: 74.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Cardiovascular Technology requires five (5) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 12/4/2012


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The Cardiovascular Technology program at Piedmont Technical College is dedicated to training healthcare professionals in the field of invasive and noninvasive cardiology. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, students will successfully recognize, calculate, interpret, and analyze hemodynamic data and will be prepared to perform diagnostic examinations. Through accreditation, didactic instruction and clinical experience students will be properly prepared for National Board Exams.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (Invasive):

  1. Demonstrate proper patient care.

  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of medical ethics and law.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of cardiac anatomy and pathophysiology,

  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of EKG interpretation.

  5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of cardiac pharmacology.

  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms of acquired and congenital heart disease.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (Non-Invasive):

  1. Demonstrate proficient cardiac patient assessment.

  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of medical ethics and law.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of cardiac anatomy and pathophysiology,

  4. Demonstrate hands-on skill proficiency relevant to coursework. 


Advisement Information

• This is the only Associates degree Cardiovascular Technology program offered in South Carolina. Completion of the CVT program requires five semesters once accepted into the program. Twenty students are accepted each year to begin CVT clinical courses in the spring semester.

• CVT courses are offered in the day only at the Greenwood Campus. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends. Clinical sites are located throughout our state, portions of Georgia and North Carolina. Travel is required by this program.

• The choice of invasive versus non-invasive will be made by the student 3 weeks prior to the end of first semester. The invasive accepts 8 and non-invasive accepts 12. Choice preference is based upon GPA. Students not accepted into their preferred track may return the following year with the condition their GPA is acceptable. 

Enrollment into the CVT program is limited. Students will be accepted by how long they have been waiting for program entry or by Merit score. A student's length of wait time is determined by their most recent date of application to the college as a Pre-CVT major or by the date of major change. Of the 20 students accepted, up to 10 can be accepted based on Merit score. This worksheet shows where the Health Science Division places emphasis for Merit based entry. Spring 2015 Merit Application Worksheet; Cardiovascular Technology Merit Application Worksheet 2016.

Minimum Requirements for Program Entry: To be eligible to apply for the Cardiovascular Technology program, a student must have successful completion of Medical Terminology (AHS 102), English Composition I (ENG 101), Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210), General Psychology (PSY 201), and Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102) with a 2.5 GPA or better and all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. General education courses Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211), Public Speaking (SPC 205), and the humanities/fine arts elective are mandatory courses.  The catalog shows the required deadline for completion of these courses. Meeting all the Program-Ready requirements does not guarantee clinical acceptance. Enrollment into the CVT program is limited.  Calculate your program ready GPA here.

MAT 102 Requirement: This program requires students to have strong Algebra skills. Probability and Statistics (MAT 120) is not an acceptable math course. Students need Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102). College Algebra (MAT 110) or a higher level course requiring MAT 102 as a prerequisite would be an allowable substitution.

AHS 102 Requirement:  This program requires AHS 102, Medical Terminology.  Beginning Fall 2014, AHS 102 will have a 5 year expiration.  Students who readmit or transfer beginning fall 2014 must have AHS 102 within 5 years for it to be transferred in or apply to their program of study. Students who are currently enrolled at the college or who return to the college after an absence of less than 3 semesters, will retain credit for AHS 102 > 5 years, provided they stay in the same major.  If a student changes major, the new major would fall under the latest catalog year.  If the AHS 102 course > 5 years at the time of the change of major, the course will be considered to be expired.  Students who are employed in a health related field may petition that AHS 102 > 5 years be accepted. The academic program director over the student’s selected major would make the determination if a course >5 years would be accepted. This petition would be made in DegreeWorks by the program coordinator or department head at the time of the decision.  A student should be referred to the program coordinator to request the petition.

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression in the Cardiovascular Technology program. Students in the program will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue. 

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the Cardiovascular Technology program.  A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The current cost, subject to change, is $82.50 and students are responsible for this cost. 

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the Cardiovascular Technology program will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine required.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Yearly attendance at the Hospital Orientation presented on campus is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, licensure preparation, and graduation fees. Initial cost upon program acceptance, excluding college tuition, fees, and books, could be as much as $1,000.

Advisement Information updated 8/1/2014