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Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Overview

Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (CVIS) program trains students to work in collaboration with and under the supervision of physicians to assist with the preparation and to perform diagnostic and therapeutic invasive cardiovascular  procedures.  The CVIS technologist must have the technical skills and competence to assist with these invasive procedures.  Invasive cardiovascular procedures are performed in a clinical cardiovascular laboratory environment. 


Coursework includes cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular pathophysiology, electrocardiography, cardiovascular pharmacology, diagnostic angiography, interventional angiography, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, cardiovascular hemodynamics, valvular assessment, pediatric/congenital heart disease assessment, cardiac/coronary physiology assessment, x-ray and radiation safety, and instrumentation and electronics associated with the cardiac laboratory environment. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist is an Associate in Applied Science degree.  Graduates of the CVIS program are also awarded a Certificate of Completion by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Program Start Date(s)

This program is jointly offered by RCTC and Mayo Clinic.  Applications can be obtained from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.  Students are admitted through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

The CVIS program is 63 credits and can be completed in as little as 21 months.  During the first two semesters at RCTC, students will take general education and CVIS coursework.  All additional coursework will be completed at Mayo Medical Center – St. Mary’s Hospital campus.

Career Opportunities/Information

Starting wages for the CVIS graduate are approximately $23-$33 per hour or an average of $46,500 + annually.  Wages can vary depending on the employer and geographic area.

Typically a graduate of the CVIS program will work in a clinical environment located in a hospital or clinic setting.  Many of these are found in larger medical centers, but there are stand-alone facilities as well.  These could be corporate non-profit or private clinical environments. 

The training received in the CVIS program will allow a person to cross train in a diagnostic clinical area like a stress-test facility or a doctor’s office.  The course work in electrocardiography would also provide for the basic learning needed to cross-train as an EKG tech or monitor tech. 

Much of the clinical curriculum is designed to be applicable for the students learning in the event that they would choose to further their education as a nurse, a radiology technician or in a variety of healthcare professions.


The Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC–CVT).

Rochester Community and Technical College and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science are both accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/

Program Advisors

Lee D. Meyer, RN, Mayo, Program Director at 507.255.0394 or meyer.lee@mayo.edu

Safawo Gullo, Ph.D., RCTC Program Advisor at 507.280.2816 or safawo.gullo@rctc.edu

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/cardiovascular-invasive-specialist/cardiovascular-invasive-specialist-minnesota/
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2016-11-23
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