How to Get Started
To get started in the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.
When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.
If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.
If you’re interested in applying to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, you must attend an information session, held monthly at the El Centro College Downtown Campus. This required session will address program admission, application and acceptance policies in detail. No advance reservation is necessary to attend an information session.
Get the information session schedule:
Program Admission Requirements
Acceptance to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is via a competitive selection process.
Admission requirements include an information session, a “shadow” experience, satisfactory scores on pre-entrance assessment testing, completion of program prerequisite courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and completion of all requirements for admission as a full-time student to the college. Applicants are rank-ordered for admission based on grade point earned on prerequisite courses, interviews and recommendation letters.
In the associate degree program, the first year consists of the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Core Curriculum. Enrollment at this point is open and students complete only the application process to El Centro College; no specific program application is required. Once you have completed the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Core Curriculum and any other prerequisites, you may formally apply to the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program.
Application Filing Period
All potential students apply to the specialized 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.
See complete application requirements (PDF - 298KB)
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 $156 per three-hour class — that’s $52 per credit hour, or just $624 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)
Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following associate degree and certificate:
- Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
- Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Advanced Technical Certificate
Accreditation and Affiliations
Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program also 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.
We offer several other health care programs that might interest you, including the other specialized imaging programs based at El Centro College: Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Echocardiology Technology.
Other Degree and Certificate Options
The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of our degree plans by college or visit our credit programs home page.
Developing Sklls for Success
The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program is located in the Center for Allied Health and Nursing, in the Paramount Building at Market and Pacific streets, a block from the El Centro College Downtown Campus. Opened in June 2008 to house El Centro’s booming allied health programs, the center comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.
The center’s 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
Our Invasive Cardiovascular Technology faculty members have not only relevant degrees but also real-world experience in their profession, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career.
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.
Links for More Information
Get more information about cardiovascular technology organizations and accrediting bodies through these links.
If you have questions about the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.