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About Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

How to Get Started

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

Information Sessions

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

Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Information packet.

Application and Admission to the Program

All potential students apply to the specialized Cardiovascular Technology (ICVT) career track during the spring semester, which begins in January. You will be expected to complete all support courses and admission requirements whether you are applying for the associate degree or certificate plan.

To formally apply to the ICVT program, you should submit completed application packets by Jan. 31. Students accepted into the program begin ICVT-specific courses that June.

There are 10 spaces available in each beginning class of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program. If spaces in each beginning class are not filled during the regular registration period, the program will open registration to late application; the exact time period varies with each academic year.

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 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 Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology is the accreditation body for invasive cardiovascular technology programs in two-year institutions.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits more than 2,000 educational programs in 20 health science occupations and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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, including with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, LeTourneau University in Longview and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. More institutions are in the process of formalizing articulation agreements with the program; check with the program coordinator if you’re interested in transferring.

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.