In partnership with Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Health Care Sciences and Services Department of Immaculata University offers a degree program in Allied Health with a specialization in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. The cardiovascular invasive specialist assists physicians in the invasive cardiovascular laboratory. Examinations in the cardiovascular lab include coronary arteriography, ventriculography, atherectomies, electrophysiology, other heart-related diagnostics and therapeutic studies. The cardiovascular invasive specialist not only assists physicians but also provides extensive personal care to the patient before, during, and after a cardiovascular procedure.
To complete the program, students take two years of allied health and liberal arts courses at Immaculata and then apply for the one-year diploma in the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty at Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Upon completion of the program, the graduate is ready to assume entry-level responsibilities in the cardiac catheterization lab and is eligible to take the registry exam (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist-RCIS) offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.
Cardiovascular invasive specialty is a rapidly expanding field. Invasive cardiovascular positions will grow faster than the average through 2012. Opportunities are available predominantly in hospital cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory settings.
Invasive cardiovascular technologists can expect to earn an average salary of $56,000 per year. With additional professional experience and potential management assignments, they can earn as much as $65,000 per year.
For more information about this specialty, please e-mail Sister M. Carroll Isselmann or call 610-647-4400, ext. 3119.