Get Started in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

Information Sessions, Application and Admission

Before you can apply to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, you must attend an online information session, which addresses program admission, application and acceptance policies in detail. Prospective students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with the program coordinator before applying.  

There are up to 12 spaces available in each beginning class of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program.

Acceptance to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.): 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet

  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 

  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

See information packets for this and all allied health programs at El Centro College. Specific information on the selection and application process for individual programs is included in each packet.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupation programs are required by Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days prior to the start of clinical rotations.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that’s $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

See all degree and certificate options in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 15; Clearwater, Fla. 33763; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax 727-210-2354) in cooperation with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (9111 Old Georgetown Road; Bethesda, Md. 20814-1699; Phone: 301-493-2334). 

Graduates from the program are eligible to write the exam for the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential offered by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). After passing the exam, graduates are eligible to apply for limited medical radiologic (LMRT) licensure by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A Social Security number is required to take the LMRT exam.

Related Programs

Check out other programs in Nursing and Health Care.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by location or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is located in the Center for Allied Health and Nursing at 301 N. Market St. at Pacific, a block from the El Centro College Downtown Campus. The center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

Its high-tech equipment includes:

  • teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Faculty Profiles

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology faculty members have relevant degrees as well as professional experience in their profession, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career.

Transfer Information

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Specific articulation (transfer) agreements are in place with several four-year institutions that allow you to apply your associate degree in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology to a bachelor’s degree. Check with the program coordinator or a college advisor if you’re interested in a transfer degree.

Links for More Information

Get more information about cardiovascular technology organizations and accrediting bodies through these links.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.