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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology at El Centro

The Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program at El Centro will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.

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

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.

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.