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Cardiovascular Technology

Program Advisor Contact Information

Pat Thomas
Phone: (706) 774-5044
Email: pthomas@uh.org

Purpose Statement: To provide quality education opportunities to meet the health care needs as they relate to the education, economic, and community development needs of the service area and the cardiac and vascular profession. The curriculum is designed to educate persons toward certification as entry level cardiac technologists.

Goals: Students will be clinically competent in performing cardiovascular procedures with proficiency, passing the national certification exam and become an entry level technologist.

  1. Students will have skills needed to problem solve in their work environment and careers
  2. Student will communicate effectively by demonstrating effective verbal and written skills with patients, healthcare employees and physicians.
  3. Student will exhibit professionalism, and have acceptable work habits to fill the needs of the healthcare community and become independent, productive cardiovascular technologist during the final semester and upon graduating from the cardiovascular program.

Program Description: Cardiovascular Technology is a program of Augusta Technical College and University Hospital’s Harry T. Harper, Jr., M.D., School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology. The off-campus site is centered at the Heart and Vascular Institute at University Hospital.

The Cardiovascular Technology program is a sequence of courses that provide educational opportunities to individuals in didactic and clinical environments that will enable them to obtain skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to graduate and become successful entry-level Cardiovascular Technologist specializing in Invasive Cardiac Catheterization. Cardiovascular Technology is a health technology profession centered on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac diseases. A cardiovascular technologist performs examinations at the request or under direct supervision of a physician, is proficient in the use of analytical equipment, and provides a foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis may be made.

Accreditation: The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs—Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology. The contact information for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is as follows: 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org. Students take the National Registry in Cardiac or Vascular Technology before graduation.

Admission: Cardiovascular Technology is a competitive progression program. Students must complete all prerequisite courses (ENGL 1101, Humanities/Fine Arts Area Four MATH 1111, MATH 1127, PSYC 1101, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, PHYS 1110, and PHYS 1110L) with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale by the designated deadline to be evaluated for program progression. The ranking/academic order for progression to the CAVT prefix courses is determined using the grade point average in MATH 1111, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, PHYS 1110, and PHYS 1110L). Students who are not selected for progression should consider a program change or resubmit an application and progression form by the designated deadline for the next progression term. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions Office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to pages 15-16 for program related deadlines.

Employment Opportunities: Cardiac technologists may pursue career opportunities within hospitals, physician offices, medical clinics, mobile outreach companies, cardiac equipment companies, or research groups.

Program Outcomes

Cardiac Catheterization Outcomes
Years (2012, 2013, 2014) Graduates Benchmark > 70% retention (3-year average) Certification Exam ≥ 60% of total number of individuals attempting the examination pass (3-year average) CCI Exam Job Placement ≥ 70% positive placement (3-year average)
3 Year Average       83.33%       85.71%       100%
      Curriculum Outline
            General Core Courses (19 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric       3
MATH 1101 or
MATH 1111
Mathematical Modeling or
College Algebra
      3
MATH 1127 Statistics       3
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts Area IV Options       3
PHYS 1110 and
PHYS 1110L
Conceptual Physics and
Conceptual Physics Lab
      3
      1
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology       3
 
            Non General Education Courses (8 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
BIOL 2113 and
BIOL 2113L
Anatomy and Physiology I and
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
      3
      1
BIOL 2114 and
BIOL 2114L
Anatomy and Physiology II and
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
      3
      1
 
            Occupational Courses (43 hours)
Course Number Course Name Course Credit Hours
CAVT 1002 Medical Physics       2
CAVT 1100 Cardiac Catheterization Fundamentals       3
CAVT 1020 Cardiac Catherization I       4
CAVT 1021 Cardiac Catherization Clinical I       3
CAVT 1030 Electrophysiology and Cardiac Anatomy       3
CAVT 1080 Advanced Hemoynamics and Cardiac Physiology       3
CAVT 1090 Drug Calculations and Administration       2
CAVT 2020 Cardiac Catherization II       4
CAVT 2030 Cardiac Catherization Clinical II       6
CAVT 2050 Cardiac Catherization Clinical III       11
CAVT 2070 Cardiac Catherization Registry Review I       2

NOTES:


  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses.
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  • Students must have received a grade of a “C” or less in order to retake a course for ranking purposes. The first grade and the retake grade(s) will be averaged to determine the grade used for ranking purposes.
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  • A student who receives a grade of less than a “C” in two or more prerequisite courses is not eligible for program progression/admission. This includes less than a “C” in the same or a different course. This includes courses taken under any program of study at Augusta Technical College.
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  • If a student makes less than a “C” in a prerequisite course that includes a lab, this will be counted as “one” academic failure or unsuccessful attempt. The student will be required to retake the component (lab or theory) in which a grade of less than a “C” was awarded in order to meet the prerequisite requirement. The theory letter grade will be averaged with the corresponding letter grade in lab to determine the final letter grade for ranking purposes.
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  • Unsuccessful course attempts that led to ineligibility for competitive progression evaluation will expire after five years.
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  • Prior to participation in campus/clinical labs, students are required to submit completed medical and dental examination forms. All required immunizations, including Hepatitis B, must be accompanied by documentation. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
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  • A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in one course with the CAVT prefix will be suspended from the program for one year. A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any two courses with these prefixes will not be allowed to re-enter the Cardiovascular Technology Program.
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  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen may be required by some agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
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  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a cardiovascular technologist.
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  • Natural Science and ALHS prefix courses older than 5 years will not be considered for program progression evaluation. Students will need to retake these courses to become eligible for program progression evaluation.