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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

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Would you like a challenging and fast-paced health career that’s projected to be one of the fastest-growing this decade? Do you dream of a career where you have the opportunity to make a difference every day?

If so, consider a career in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, unique to El Centro within the colleges of DCCCD, is a challenging, multifaceted program designed to produce well-trained, highly qualified medical professionals.

Graduates of our Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program consistently perform above the national average on the national board exam and are automatically awarded the limited medical radiology technology credential by the Texas State Board of Health.

What Does an Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist Do?

Invasive cardiovascular technologists work in cardiac catheterization laboratories assisting cardiologists to perform complex diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Diagnostic procedures include intracardiac pressure and electrical system assessments, intracardiac blood oxygen saturation determination, vascular angiography (both cardiovascular and peripheral vascular) and measurement/calculation of cardiac function indices.

They assist in all phases of the catheterization procedures, including preparing the sterile procedure field, inserting equipment, operating electronic instruments and calculating diagnostic data acquired, and applying interventional technologies as required.

Take a look at Invasive Cardiovascular Technology at a Glance for a short summary of job duties and conditions.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform.

America’s Career Infonet projects job growth for cardiovascular technologists at an incredible 44 percent over the next decade – with high growth defined as more than 10 percent. It also lists cardiovascular technologists technician as fifth in its 39 fastest-growing occupations and 15th in its top 36 careers with the most job openings through 2022.

U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists cardiovascular technologist among its best health care jobs through the next decade.

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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Degree and Certificate Options

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