Saint Joseph’s University’s Associate Degree in Cardiovascular Technology will prepare you for a career in treating ailments related to the heart and blood vessels. This program also offers the preparation necessary to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam which is required to become a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist.
Cardiovascular Technology Certificate
Saint Joseph’s University’s Cardiovascular Technology Certificate will prepare you for a career in treating ailments related to the heart and blood vessels. This program also offers the preparation necessary to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam. Offered as a hybrid program, this 46-credit certificate program can be completed in as little as two years.
If you do not have an associate degree or higher and haven’t completed a two-year, post-secondary allied health program, we invite you to explore our Associate Degree in Cardiovascular Technology.
What is Cardiovascular Technology?
Cardiovascular technology encompasses a range of medical procedures and diagnostic techniques aimed at evaluating and treating cardiovascular diseases. Responsibilities of cardiovascular invasive specialists include assisting in cardiac catheterization procedures, stent placement and angiography to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Cardiovascular invasive specialists play a key role in electrophysiology studies, patient care, operating and maintaining specialized equipment used during procedures and enhancing patient outcomes.
What Sets Our Cardiovascular Tech Certificate Program Apart
85% RCIS Exam Pass Rate
From 2015 to 2021, our students had an 85% average pass rate when taking the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam. Provided by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), the RCIS exam is taken by those who seek to become certified as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).
Preparation to Work Alongside Cardiologists
You will receive the preparation necessary to work alongside cardiologists and perform diagnostic, invasive and therapeutic heart and vascular procedures as well as:
- Diagnostic catheterizations
- Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
- Temporary pacemaker placement
- Electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs)
- Peripheral Vascular
- Valve Replacement
You will have the opportunity to pursue the Cardiovascular Technology Certificate as a hybrid program, with some classes offered in-person and others offered online.
Hands-On Learning in the First & Only Learning Space of its Kind in the Lancaster Area
You will feel like you’re on the job from day one at our Center for Excellence in Practice, Lancaster’s newest and most advanced clinical simulation lab. The first and only learning space of its kind in the Lancaster area, the Center for Excellence in Practice is a 20,000-square-foot simulation space that provides the opportunity to work with students from other programs in realistic simulations that mirror real-life healthcare settings.
Guaranteed Clinical Placements Within Your First Year
You are guaranteed clinical placements at premier locations in Pennsylvania within your first year. You will have the opportunity to experience working in clinical settings with expert faculty, helping transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom to in-person patient experiences. You will learn critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving by engaging in realistic scenarios staged in real-world medical environments.
Taught by Experienced Cardiovascular Technology Faculty
You will learn from and work alongside faculty who have a breadth of experience working in cardiovascular technology. Many faculty members are cardiovascular technologists currently or hold former positions in the field.
Why Study this Program in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is home to top-tier hospitals, operating rooms and medical/diagnostic labs seeking cardiovascular technologists, including:
- Lancaster General Hospital
- Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania – Penn Presbyterian
Saint Joseph’s University's Cardiovascular Technology Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).
Saint Joseph's University – Lancaster’s tuition structure includes both per-credit tuition and program-specific fees.
The cost of the Cardiovascular Technology Certificate is $670 per credit for the 2023-2024 academic year.
In addition to the per-credit rate, there are also program-specific fees for the following courses:
- When a student enrolls in CVT 212, they will be responsible for paying a fee totaling $4,185
- When a student enrolls in CVT 222, they will be responsible for paying a fee totaling $4,185
- When a student enrolls in CVT 230, they will be responsible for paying a fee totaling $4,185
For a detailed breakdown and additional information, visit our Tuition & Fees page.
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Course Credits HSC 100 - Medical Terminology 1 HSC 101 - Methods of Patient Care 1 PHI 210 - Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences 1 Total Credits 3
Summer I (6-Week Semester)
Course Credits HSC 160 - Rhythm and 12 Lead ECG Analysis 3 CVT 204 - Cardiovascular Simulation Lab 1 CVT 205 - Cardiac Invasive Procedures 3 CVT 202 - Introduction to Radiation Physics and Safety 1 Total Credits 8
Total Year One Credits: 8
Course Credits CVT 206 - Cardiac A&P 3 CVT 207 - Advanced Procedures 3 CVT 217 - Cardiovascular Hemodynamics 3 CVT 212 - Cardiovascular Clinical I 6 Total Credits 15
Course Credits CVT 222 - Cardiovascular Clinical II 6 CVT 219 - Cardiac Arrhythmia Therapies 3 CVT 225 - Cardiac Pharmacology 3 CVT 216 - Cardiac Device Theory 3 Total Credits 15
Summer II (12-Week Semester)
Course Credits CVT 232 - Cardiovascular Clinical III 3 HSC 200 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1 CVT 228 - Radiation Biology 1 Total Credits 5
Total Year Two Credits: 35
Total Program Credits: 46
What is the Average Salary a Cardiovascular Technologist Can Expect to Earn?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a cardiovascular technologist in 2022 is $78,210.
You can enroll in this certificate with any bachelor’s degree. No medical background or related experience is required.
The GMAT is not required for Saint Joseph’s University certificates. To learn more about the admission process and required materials or ask any questions, please email the admission office.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- Fall: August and October
- Spring: January and March
- Summer: May
If you are not a United States citizen, you must show proof of permanent resident visa status. Students educated in another country may be admitted if they:
- Satisfy general admission requirements
- Earn a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey
Students from English-speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. An evaluation of foreign transcripts by the World Education Service or other approved agency is required.
Saint Joseph’s is a military-friendly institution and offers assistance and services to veterans and their dependents who are utilizing educational benefits. Benefits include:
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 Post 911 GI Bill®
- Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Chapter 1606 National Guard or Reserves
- Chapter 1607 National Guard or Reserves (REAP) (*if eligible, must be utilized by November 25, 2019)
- Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program (EAP)
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)