Cardiovascular Technology Information Packet

Cardiovascular Technology is a medical specialty dealing with the clinical diagnosis of one of the most serious health programs in the United States today - cardiovascular disease. The Cardiovascular Technology Program is a total of five semesters: three semesters of classroom and laboratory instruction and two semesters of clinical practicum with internships at cardiovascular laboratories in Florida and Georgia. In clinical practicum, the student will complete 5 to 6 week rotations with at least one at an out-of-town site. Any sites outside of this region are considered out-of-town sites. The student may be asked to provide housing at the out-of-town sites. The Cardiovascular Technology program offers intensive training in three sub-specialty areas. Students who complete the program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Cardiovascular Technology and are eligible to take the national credentialing examinations prior to graduation.

Program Description

The three sub-specialty areas offered by the program are Invasive Cardiology, Vascular Ultrasound and Cardiac Ultrasound. Students will complete classroom and laboratory instruction in all three sub-specialty areas and will select an area of clinical specialization.

Invasive Cardiology - Working in the cardiac catherization laboratory, the technologist assists the physician in utilizing x-ray and monitoring equipment in performing invasive diagnostic tests to determine the condition of the patient's heart. Additionally, interventional techniques such as balloon angioplasty and pacemaker implantation may be performed to treat existing cardiac conditions.

Vascular Ultrasound - The technologist performs diagnostic studies utilizing ultrasound imaging, Doppler and spectral analysis to evaluate blood flow to the head, abdomen and extremities. These diagnostic modalities are particularly useful in evaluating patients who are at risk for strokes and peripheral vascular diseases. 

Cardiac Ultrasound - In the non-invasive cardiology laboratory, the technologist uses ultrasound technology to perform an echocardiogram. The echocardiogram provides images of cardiac valves, chambers and vessels, blood flow within the heart and contractility of the heart muscle. These images aid in the identification of cardiac abnormalities, flow irregularities and decreased cardiac function. Associated tests include electrocardiography (ECG), exercise stress testing, Holter monitoring, stress echocardiography, pharmacological stress echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Emergence of new technologies in 3D echocardiography are now a common component of non-invasive cardiology.

In 2012, the program had a ninety-five percent (95%) pass rate and an eight-two percent (82%) post-graduation employment rate.

Job Responsibilities

Cardiovascular Technologists assist the physician in performing procedures to help diagnose and care for cardiovascular related illnesses. In the ultrasound laboratory, Cardiovascular Technologists are instrumental in the diagnostic process by obtaining, measuring and analyzing images of the heart and blood vessels. The ultrasound studies provided are used by the physician for proper patient diagnosis and treatment. In the cardiac catherization laboratory, the Cardiovascular Technologist plays an important role in assisting the physician in a sterile environment throughout the process of coronary angiography. Effective communication and patient care skills, as well as the ability to accurately analyze, review and record medical histories are a must for Cardiovascular Technologists. Source: Florida Health Careers (AHEC 2009).

Career Opportunities

According to the Florida Health Careers, the number of cardiovascular technologists and technicians employed in Florida in 2006 was 3,543. It is projected that in 2015 there will be 4,289 technologists, an average growth rate of 2.6 percent. Growth in this field is expected due to the progression of population again, increase in heart and lung related illnesses and the need for advanced diagnostic studies to treat them. 

Working Environment and Salary

Cardiovascular technologists work directly with the physicians in hospitals and medical centers, clinics, physicians' offices, mobile diagnostic units, sales and training and education. They typically work 40-hour weeks, which may include weekends, evenings and on-call service. Salary varies with education, credentials, years of experience, geographic location, and level of responsibility. Starting salaries for new graduates in the North Central Florida region is approximately $52,000/year.

Program Accreditation

The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) and licensed by the Florida Department of Health. Instruction is consistent with the curriculum frameworks as administered by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Additional information about CAAHEP can be found at www.caahep.org. CAAHEP is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. Their phone number is 727-210-2350.

Program Performance Standards

Health Sciences program applicants should possess sufficient physical motor, intellectual, emotion and social/communication skills to provide for patient care, safety and utilization of equipment. Additionally, applicants should assess their aptitude and ability to perform professional duties by attending an informational session conducted by faculty and students currently enrolled in the program. Performance standards for the program are outlined below.

Issue Standard Examples
Critical Thinking Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment. Handle multiple priorities in stressful situations. Make accurate independent decisions. Concentrate and focus attention for prolonged periods of time to attain precise testing results. Ability to work alone as well as a member of a team. Apply reasoning and evaluation skills necessary in the safe technical performance of cardiovascular procedures.
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Display patience, empathy and concern for others. Deal with fear and hostility in a calm manner. Demonstrate a high degree of patience. Work with other health care providers in stressful life/death situations.
Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Communicate needs in a prompt, clear and concise manner.Accurately document pertinent information. Follow verbal and/or written instructions. Interact with patients and other health care providers in a professional manner.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move independently from room to room and through hallways; maneuver in small places. Respond promptly to patient's needs, manipulate equipment, lift a minimum of 30lbs, exert a sustained force of 20lbs, push/pull mobile equipment weighing up to 300lbs; participate as a team member of four in moving a 150 pound incapacitated patient; ensure patient safety; stand for prolonged periods of time (sometimes wearing a 12-20lb lead apron underneath gown); walking equivalent of 5 miles per day; sit for periods of 1 hour.
Tactile and Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to safely and effectively perform cardiovascular technology skills. Ability to grasp, hold, grip, seize, turn or otherwise manipulate work with hands. Work with fingers to manipulate switches, dials and other computer equipment. Input data into computer.
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Communicate verbally with patients and other health care providers. Detect and evaluate the sounds of cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, Doppler, IV pumps, fire alarms, etc..
Visual Visual ability sufficient for physical observation. Observe and monitor patients. Perceive attributes of an object via touch. Palpate.

Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Statement and Advisories

Equal Access/Equal Opportunity: Santa Fe College is committed to an environment that embraces diversity, respects the rights of all individuals, is open and accessible, and is free of harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, and veterans status in all its programs, activities and employment. EA/EO Notice  Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies should be directed to:  Lela Frye, Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Coordinator 3000 NW 83rd St., R-Annex, Room 1005 Gainesville, FL 32606 (352) 395-5420 lela.frye@sfcollege.edu

Pregnancy Advisory: All clinical affiliates require immunizations. All students must be immunized to participate in clinical education. Pregnancy may affect immunizations and/or other Program health requirements. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy while in the program, please advise the Health Sciences Counseling Office for further information and/or requirements. Individuals who are pregnant should seek expert advice from their health care provider so that they may receive information to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to infectious diseases in the health care field. A statement from the student's health care provider noting that the student may proceed through the program with no limitations will be required of all pregnant students. The Program's operational and procedural guidelines for students are found in the Student Handbook. A copy, including the pregnancy policy, is available for review in the Health Sciences Administration Office located in W building, room 201.

Immunization Advisory: Immunizations are required in order to participate in clinical education. Individuals with allergies to required immunizations should see expert advice from their health care provider so that they may receive information to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to infectious diseases in the health care field. A statement from the student's health care provider noting that the student may proceed through the program with no limitations will be required of all students declaring an immunization allergy.

Latex Advisory: The use of latex/latex based products may exist in health care universal precautions and in environments such as, but not limited to: classrooms and training labs, hospitals, nursing care facilities, laboratories, clinical areas and medical/dental offices. Individuals with latex allergies should seek expert advice from their health care provider so that they may receive information to make an informed decision regarding their exposure to latex in the health care field.

Background Screenings

A two-part national background screening and a drug test will be conducted upon acceptance to the program. Results will be used to determine eligibility to enter the program. Students must be free of offenses that may disqualify them from participating in a health care program. This includes active probation or pending case status. Under Florida Statutes, certain offenses may preclude an individual from receiving an industry credential for up to 15 years. See Background Screenings located on the Health Sciences Counseling Office web page for the screening procedure and a complete listing of disqualifying offenses. Additional screenings may occur while in program.

Program Costs and Curriculum

All tuition and fees are estimated costs and subject to change without notice.  2015-16 fees will be updated after July 1st.

Uniforms $150.00
Books $1,153.00
Physical, Required Immunizations, Hepatitis B vaccine* (Cost estimate based upon physical and full immunization/titer panel offered by SF Student Health Center. Costs for other health care providers may vary. Titers available through Alachua Co Public Health Dept for $20 blood draw fee. Allow 10-14 days for results.)
*The first shot in the Hepatitis B vaccine series must be taken a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the first semester of professional course work. The second shot should be taken a minimum of 30 days following the administration of the first one. The final shot is taken 5 months after the 2nd injection.
American Heart Association CPR card (2 person infant/child). Health care provider course required; on line CPR training not accepted. $55.00
Level 2 and Expanded National Background Screening
Drug Screening and Flu Immunization$55.00
Supplies $100.00
National Board Specialty Examination $385.00
TRAJECSYS Performance Tracking System $100.00
Misc. Clinical Expenses
Term 1 Program Courses In-State Out-Of-State

CVT 1120 Patient Care (2 hours) $234.94 $787.20

CVT 1610 Physics & Lab (4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

CVT 1550 Cardiovascular ECG & lab (3 hours) $361.73 $1,190.12

CVT 1261 Cardiovascular Anatomy & Physiology ( 4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

Term 2 CVT 2320/L Vascular Ultrasound 1 with lab (3 hours) $316.41 $1,144.60

CVT 2420/L Invasive Cardiology 1 with lab (4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

CVT 2620 Cardiac Ultrasound 1 with lab (4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

CVT 1200 Pharmacology (2 hours) $210.94 $763.20

Term 3 CVT 2321 Vascular Ultrasound 2 with lab (4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

CVT 2421 Invasive Cardiology 2 with lab (4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

CVT 2621 Cardiac Ultrasound 2 with lab (4 hours) $421.88 $1,526.40

CVT 2800 Pre-practicum (1 hour) $105.47 $381.60

Term 4 CVT 2840 CVT Practicum (9 hours) $949.23 $3,434.40

CVT Capstone (3 hours) $316.41 $1,144.80

Term 5 CVT 2841 CVT Practicum (9 hours) $949.23 $3,434.30

CVT Capstone (3 hours) $316.41 $1,144.80

Total for program costs and tuition: $9,251.50 $26,647.80

Getting Started and College Placement Testing

  1. Complete a Santa Fe Application for Admission at www.sfcollege.edu/admissions/. Note: The Program application is separate from the SF College Application. Acceptance by the College does not guarantee acceptance to the Cardiovascular Technology Program.
  2. Arrange for official transcripts from high school and each post-secondary institution attended to be sent to the Office of Records at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  3. Complete all required college placement testing or be exempt. See Testing section for further information.
  4. Plan to attend a Group Advisement session to learn more about the program and the application and selection process. These hour long sessions are held on Tuesdays at the Northwest Campus. Call (352) 395-5650 for location and meeting time.
  5. Plan to meet with a Health Sciences advisor after completing steps 1-4 for coursework recommendations or verifications. No appointment necessary. Advisement hours are posted on the Health Sciences Counseling Office web page.

Placement testing (ACT, SAT, PERT) is no longer required for students who graduated from a FL state-accredited high school in 2007 or later. Placement scores is required for students who graduate from high school prior to 2007 or earned a GED. Additionally, students who complete college level English and math courses with a grade of 'C' or better or who have earned an Associate of Arts degree or higher are exempt from placement testing.  

Requests for testing accommodations must be made in advance with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) located on the Northwest Campus in S Building, room 222. Please be prepared to provide documentation of disability to the DRC when making the request. Contact (352) 395-4400v/TTY for further assistance.  DRC and Testing Accommodations

Qualifying for an Application

The following requirements must be met in order to receive an application to the Program:

  1. Complete Getting Started steps 1-5 and Testing requirements.
  2. Complete required prerequisite coursework with C grade or higher or be currently enrolled and meet eligibility for Conditional Acceptance (see criteria located under Selection Process):
    1. BSC 2084/L Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L may be substituted)
    2. CHM 1030/L Elements of Chemistry with lab
    3. ENC 1101 College Composition
    4. One Humanities/Fine Arts Course
    5. One Social/Behavioral Course
    6. Possess a 2.0 or higher overall college GPA
  3. Complete the Kaplan preadmission exam with a minimum score of 55% in both reading and math comprehension categories. The Kaplan exam may be retaken within the same year providing a score of 55% is not reached in either category upon the first attempt of the test. Scores are valid for 2 years. Study and review materials are available at the SF Northwest Campus in the Teaching/Learning Center, W-233. Applicants should make every attempt to complete all testing requirements at least one week before the application deadline. The Kaplan test is available in the SF Assessment Center, G-25.  Call 395-5791 for testing hours.
  4. Start a folder and obtain an application to the program from a Health Sciences advisor. Application will not be issued without verification of test scores and transcripts.
  5. Submit application and all required documents no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 15 for Spring 2016 or March 15 for Summer A. Late or incomplete paperwork will not be accepted.

Important Points to Remember

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all documents are complete and on file with the Health Sciences Counseling Office by 4:00 p.m. on the application deadline. Each document must clearly identify the applicant (name, student ID, program, date submitted). Incomplete, unsigned or unidentifiable documents are not eligible for selection points consideration. Applicants may see an advisor prior to the deadline in order to review their folder.

Separate documents must be submitted for each file when applying to more than program. Documents will not be transferred or copied. Please retain all originals as the Counseling Office cannot make duplicates. Documents not required for selection purposes will be destroyed. Letters of recommendation are not accepted. All previously earned degrees or certificates must meet SF accreditation standards in order to be considered for application or selection points. Proof of degree must be in the applicant's file or present a conferment letter from the school's Registrar by the application deadline. Santa Fe College expects all students to acquire or have access to the computer hardware and software necessary for program participation.

Selection Process

The Selection Criteria/Points System is used by the program to determine which applications will receive an invitation to the program. Applicants will be ranked according to points earned. Graduates of high school health academies and participants of targeted college programs may be eligible for additional points consideration.To insure meeting the College's goals for diversity, there may be up to 10% representation from the middle and lower range of total points in each class selected (if not achieved through the initial points ranking process). Competitive GPA and Kaplan preadmission test scores will be used as primary tie-breaker criteria and also to rank those selected for diversity purposes.

Conditional Acceptance Policy: Students who are currently enrolled in required prerequisite courses may apply to the CVT program if their course work will be satisfactorily completed by the program starting date. The conditions are:

  1. Selection points will be awarded only for courses that have been completed and have a final grade by the application process.
  2. The completion of all required courses with a minimum 'C' grade is necessary for program enrollment.
  3. Conditional application will be voided in the event coursework is not successfully completed with a 'C' grade or better. Voided applications are not eligible for prior application points.

Accepting an Invitation to the Program

To accept a position in the program, selected students must return the response form and complete all required screenings by established deadlines. Required screenings include immunizations, physical examinations, CPR, drug screening and background checks. Failure to do so may result in the loss of a seat in the program. Full acceptance to the program is based upon successful outcome of all screenings. Applicants will be notified of status by United States mail only. Date of notification will be posted on the Health Sciences Counseling Office web and Facebook pages. Applicants are strongly advised to verify their mailing address by logging on to ESantaFe. An incorrect address may result in delay of notification. No status information will be given over the telephone.

All applicants previously enrolled in health-related program must be in good standing with their former program prior to application to the SF CVT program. Applicants not meeting good standing criteria may be ineligible for selection.

CPR Requirement and Health Insurance

SF Health Sciences Programs only recognize current American Heart Association Basic Lifesaver for Health care Professionals CPR certification (2 person, infant/child). Certification is required by the beginning of the program and cannot expire prior to graduation. CPR instruction must be from an instructor-lead course. Online CPR certification or training will not be accepted. Students are encouraged to have health insurance by the beginning of the program.

Financial Aid Consultation

Students who are receiving financial aid and have accumulated more than 45 credit hours in coursework prior to entrance to the program must consult with the SF Financial Aid Office prior to accepting a position in the program in order to determine funding eligibility.

Selection Criteria / Points System

Kaplan Exam Scores

Maximum Points = 6

85%-100% Reading Comprehension 3 points
85% - 100% Math Comprehension 3 points

Prior Degree or Certificate

Maximum Points = 7

BA/BS or MA/MS 5 points
AA or AS degree 3 points
Health Related Certificate (CNA, Medical Assistant,
 Medical Corpsman, EMT, etc)
2 points

Overall College GPA

Maximum Points = 20

4.00 to 3.75
20 points
3.74 to 3.25
16 points
3.24 to 3.00
12 points
2.99 to 2.75
8 points
2.74 to 2.50
4 points
2.49 to 2.00
2 points

Grades Earned in Required Sciences

Maximum Points = 14
A course in which a 'C' grade or higher has been earned cannot be retaken for credit or points A B+ B C+ C
BSC 2084/L Anatomy and Physiology with lab 7 5 4 3 2
CHM 1030/L Elements of Chemistry with lab 7 5 4 3 2

Grades Earned in Required General Education

Maximum Points = 18

A B+ B C+ C
ENC 1101 College Composition 6 5 3 2 0
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 5 3 2 0
Humanities/Fine Arts 6 5 3 2 0

Additional Courses

Maximum Points = 16

These courses are not required in the program curriculum but will strengthen the
applicant's background and readiness
A B+ B C+ C
MAC 1105 or MGF 1106 or higher 6 5 4 3 2
HSC 1000 Introduction to Health Care 5 4 3 2 0
HSC 2531 Human Medical Science (Medical Terminology) 5 4 3 2 0

Health Academy and Military Service

Maximum Points = 8

Graduate of a state-approved Florida high school health academy program (formal documentation required)3 points

Military Service - 5 points will be awarded to US Armed Forces active duty and honorably discharged veterans. Includes recent Reservist and National Guard combat deployments. DD-214 or proof of current service required. Minimum of 1 year active duty service required. Veterans who receive a general discharge must be classified without misconduct.

Previous Application

Maximum Points = 5

Five (5) points will be given for an eligible Spring or Summer 2015 CVT application.

Information in this packet is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to check with the Health Sciences Counseling Office for up-to-date requirements.