Associate in Applied Science - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Program LengthPrerequisites Length
7 quarters 3 quarters
Spokane Community College
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Are you interested in the medical field? Do you want to work alongside cardiologists to care for people with heart disease? A career as an invasive cardiovascular technologist could be a good choice for you.
In this accredited program, you’ll learn to use special equipment to perform medical procedures that help doctors diagnose and treat problems with the heart and blood vessels. You’ll study how to use X-ray technologies to view the cardiovascular system; how to place stents, balloons, pacemakers and other devices; and how to measure blood flow and the electrical activity of the heart. Your training will include a clinical internship and other on-the-job experiences in hospital laboratories.
With this degree, you’ll become prepared to join the health care team as a professional in hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories.
Demonstrate collaboration and effective communication among all health care team members in the delivery of cardiac care in all patient settings.
Analyze information and research and apply it in the health care setting.
Apply the principles of cultural awareness formulating appropriate modification to health care plans to accommodate cultural differences.
Design and implement appropriate treatment plans in all healthcare settings where cardiac care is delivered.
Apply advanced cardiac care competencies in all health care settings.
Program start: Fall (waitlist)
Program length: 7 quarters
Number of students each start: 28 total (14 Spokane/14 Tacoma)
Contact: Michelle Gendusa 509-533-8196
Applications deadline: N/A
Please note: Can be taken in either Spokane or Tacoma
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 146
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101
Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also check the annual schedule or search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.
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Associate in Applied Science - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Total Prerequisites Credits: 35
Total Program Credits: 107
NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses
Students must have their health science clinical files completed before they attend clinical. Students reentering the programs or entering with advanced standing, must update their files before attending clinical.
All required paperwork is to be turned in to the health science office: Building 9, Room 132.
(Students must bring in a copy; the office is not equipped to make copies for students.)
Medical insurance - bring in a copy of your medical insurance card or purchase medical insurance from the SCC cashier and bring in a copy of your receipt. (If you have SCC medical insurance, it must be updated each quarter and a copy of your receipt must be brought in for your file.)
American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card - bring in a copy of a current CPR card (within the last year). This must be updated annually as long as you are in the program, and a copy must be kept on file.
TB test - bring in documented results of two- step TB test (two separate tests within the last year). Must show results and be signed and dated by a healthcare provider. The TB test must be within the last year and updated annually in your file as long as you are in the program and a copy on file.
DT - Diphtheria/Tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years. Must be signed and dated by a healthcare provider.
MMR - Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination or a titer for each of the diseases showing immunity. Must be signed and dated by healthcare provider.
A photo copy of your shot card may be substituted for the above immunizations (TB, DT, MMR).
Physical - current physical - signed and dated by the physician. Use Health Science physical form.
Drug screening - mandatory drug screening through Pathology Associates - results of which will be sent to the Dean by the lab. Students need to turn in a copy of their receipt for their file.
Hepatitis B form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
Chicken Pox form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
Flu Vaccine form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
MultiCare Flu declination form
Clinical Agreement form - SCC form - completed and turned in for file.
National Background Check
Students are advised to keep a copy of their physical, TB test results and immunizations for their own records. Potential employers will be requesting this same documentation and the school is not responsible for providing such documentation.
Students who change programs or are reentering a program with advanced standing: previous files are not considered current and many file requirements will have to be updated.
It is the student's responsibility to maintain their own medical and personal records. You will need them again when you apply for employment in the medical field.
It is in your best interest to obtain a documented shot record from your healthcare provider and keep that record, along with updates, in a safe, accessible place in your personal file. It is also important for you to keep a copy of your CPR card and physical. The Health Science office does not provide copies.
Toni D'Amato began her career as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in 2009. She was previously employed as a diagnostic therapist with Sacred Heart Medical Center where she also specialized in Emergency and Critical Care. She still actively works in practice performing bedside patient care. She sits on the Board of Directors as a Director at Large for the Respiratory Care Society of Washington where she also chairs multiple committees whose focus is on continuing student engagement within the organization. Toni obtained her A.A.S. at Spokane Community College, B.S. at Boise State University and M.Sc. at Northeastern University in Boston.
Kimmy Eikum graduated in 1990 from Holy Family School of Radiology and began her career as radiology technologist at Holy Family Hospital. She became the lead mammography technologist in 1992 and started in the interventional/cardiac cath lab in 1995. She joined SCC in 1996 and became clinical coordinator in 2008. She holds an MEd in adult education from Eastern Washington University.
Michelle Samuels began her career as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in 2009. Working as a respiratory therapist she specialized in both Adult and Neonatal Critical Care and then later developed the regions first COPD Navigator program. She obtained her A.A.S at Spokane Community College, B.S. at Boise State University, and M.S. at the University of Idaho.
The Cardiovascular Technology Programs (Invasive and Noninvasive) are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee for Cardiovascular Technology. The accredited agencies can be contacted at:
6 Pine Knoll Dr
Beverly, MA 01915-1425
These charts reflect the accreditation report for the program. You can use it to compare programs for their strength. We at SCC are above threshold for all of our quality standards. There are currently 56 accredited ICT programs in the USA. See caahep.org for more information.
2019 Program and Outcome Statistics (SCC)
2019 Program and Outcome Statistics (Tacoma)
The invasive cardiovascular technologist is a health care professional who, through the use of specific high-technology equipment and at the direction of a qualified physician, performs procedures on patients leading to the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease.
As a member of the cardiac catheterization team, the cardiovascular technologist is a surgical scrub assistant, monitors the patient's condition, and operates other "CATH Lab." equipment.
The most important "CATH Lab" studies are coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (where stents, balloons, plaque removal devices, and other treatments to restore blood flow are deployed), right heart catheterization (where blood flow measurements are made), electrophysiology (where irregular heartbeats are created, studied and treated) and pacemaker implantations.
Invasive cardiovascular technologists also work with physicians during critical times during heart attacks by restoring blood flow to diseased areas of the heart. They assist with percutaneous revascularization, give clot-dissolving drugs, and operate cardiac assist pumps. To learn more about what invasive cardiovascular technologists do, see our Sample Job Description.
In 2003, a partnership was developed with Spokane Community College (SCC) to develop a satellite of its Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist Program in Western Washington. Partnering organizations include:
Good Samaritan Community Healthcare
MultiCare Health System
Tacoma Community College
Tacoma-Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium
Franciscan Health System
Providence Everett Medical Center
Providence St. Peter Hospital
The first cohort of students began the Western Washington program in September 2004.
The classroom and learning laboratory for Westside students is located at Tacoma General Hospital, in Tacoma, Washington. Westside students participate in SCC classes via real-time, interactive videoconferencing, and complete on-line learning modules independently. The Westside Lab Instructor teaches skills in the laboratory to Westside students, and students complete almost 800 hours of clinical training at cath labs in Western Washington hospitals. Westside students are required to attend lectures and lab sessions at the Westside classroom (in Tacoma) approximately four to five days per week.
The Western Washington ICT Program accepts up to 14 new students each fall. For general application information, please visit our Westside Application Information page. For pre-requisites, visit our Prerequisites page.
W. Scott Corson
Westside ICT Program Coordinator/Lab Instructor
MultiCare Health System
315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
PO Box 5299
Tacoma, WA 98415-0299
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