2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Option

Location(s): Kingsport Regional Center for Health Professions (RCHP)

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Telephone: 727.210.2350

355 Hartford Avenue West
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Telephone: 978.456.5594

The Cardiovascular Technology program prepares students for a career in the healthcare field with special emphasis for work in cardiovascular catheterization labs and echocardiography labs. Cardiovascular Technology is a health profession specifically concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease. The technologist assists and performs examinations at the request or direction of a physician. The technologist is proficient in the use of analytical equipment and sundry apparatus to create an easily definable foundation of data from which a correct anatomic and physiologic diagnosis may be established.

Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist will assist in invasive cardiovascular catheterization and related procedures in laboratories of medical centers, hospitals, and diagnostic centers.

General Education Requirements

Note: All courses must be from the Approved Courses for General Education  courses for each category listed in the General Education section of this catalog.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements (General)

A student desiring to pursue an associate of applied science degree in Cardiovascular Technology must:

  1. Apply, meet the general admission requirements, and be accepted by Northeast State Community College.
  2. Indicate Cardiovascular Technology as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  3. See a faculty advisor from the Health Professions area prior to registering for classes and obtain faculty approval to register.
  4. Complete all required learning support courses prior to making application for the Cardiovascular Technology program.
  5. Complete BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, CHEM 1060 or BIOL 2230, ENGL 1010, HRPR 1000, MATH 1530, PSYC 1030, COMM 2025, and a humanities/fine arts elective prior to making application for the Cardiovascular Technology program. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all courses prior to admission. Biological science courses previously taken must have been completed within the last ten years.

Cardiovascular Technology Program Application Requirements

A student who has completed the above referenced requirements and has maintained an overall 2.0 GPA, excluding learning support courses, must complete an application and follow any additional program admission guidelines.

Admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program

  1. Selection of each class will be made by the Cardiovascular Technology Advisory Committee whose membership consists of:

a. Dean of Health Professions.

b. Program Director of the Cardiovascular Technology program.

c. Representatives of the local communities of interest.

d. Cardiovascular Technology Program Faculty

e. Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio).

  1. Students will be evaluated on GPA, grades earned in required sciences, prior education, and be interviewed and approved by the Cardiovascular Technology Advisory Committee. (Evaluation criteria will be made available to each student during the application and orientation process).
  2. Individuals selected for the class will be notified in writing of acceptance into the program. Students notified of acceptance into the program must return the acceptance form, by the date specified, indicating intent to be included in the class. Students who do not respond will have their positions filled by other applicants selected by the Cardiovascular Technology Program Director from the list recommended by the Cardiovascular Technology Advisory Committee.
  3. Students not selected for admission may reapply for a subsequent class.
  4. Transfer Students - Individuals who have attended other colleges and desire to transfer into the Northeast State Cardiovascular Technology program will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Health Professions. Transfer students must meet the same standards and criteria as others desiring to pursue an associate of applied science degree in Cardiovascular Technology at Northeast State Community College.

Admission for a Second Option

A student who elects to pursue the second option in Cardiovascular Technology must meet the following criteria:

  1. A student must apply to the Cardiovascular Technology Program Director with his/her intent to pursue the second option in Cardiovascular Technology at least one semester before the desired date of return.
  2. A student must request admission to the second option in writing and appear before the Cardiovascular Technology Advisory Committee.
  3. A student may be admitted only if space is available. Only one seat for the second option will be available per academic year.
  4. A student who applied for readmission to his/her initial option will have preferential placement in the Cardiovascular Technology program over the student requesting admission to his/her second option.
  5. A student not selected for the second option may reapply for a subsequent class.

Each class not to exceed 22 students or a clinical affiliate maximum.

Seats 1-10 - initial admission per option

Seat 11 - readmission or second option with readmission having preferential placement.

Readmission Policies

A student who has been dismissed or has withdrawn from the Cardiovascular Technology program may be readmitted. The following apply:

  1. Only one readmission to the Cardiovascular Technology program is permitted. This readmission must occur within a one year time frame.
  2. A student must apply to the Cardiovascular Technology Program Director for readmission at least one semester before the desired date of return.
  3. A student must request readmission in writing, appear before, and be approved by the Cardiovascular Technology Advisory Committee.
  4. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA may be considered for readmission only after removing all grades of less than a “C” in all required general education courses.
  5. A student repeating a Cardiovascular Technology course must repeat both the theory and clinical components of the course.
  6. A student may be readmitted only if space is available.


To remain in good standing once admitted to the Cardiovascular Technology program, the student must:

  1. Adhere to all Northeast State, Cardiovascular Technology program, department, and clinical affiliate policies.
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA or better in each Cardiovascular Technology course.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the theory, clinical, and/or skills requirements of each Cardiovascular Technology course. Failure in either segment will result in a grade of “F” for the entire course.
  4. Submit to the Cardiovascular Technology Program Director written evidence, on the appropriate form, of a physical examination within the past six months showing the applicant is in good physical health and possesses no physical disabilities which would impede the applicant’s ability to fulfill the functions and responsibilities of the cardiovascular technologist. Any limitations in the individual’s ability to perform adequately will require additional documentation.
  5. Exhibit safe clinical behavior; have no documented “critical incidence” in clinical practicum sites.
  6. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Purchase professional liability insurance ($1,000,000 to $3,000,000) and maintain throughout the program.
  8. Maintain CPR certification.
  9. Sign a statement prior to admission indicating he/she is drug free and submit to a drug test if requested by the Dean of Health Professions at any time during the program. A positive drug test is ground for immediate dismissal.
  10. Students must comply with policies of clinical affiliates concerning drug testing and criminal background checks and must assume associated costs.


Program graduation requirements include the successful completion of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.

Learning Support

Additional courses may be required to overcome deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading.


Cardiovascular Technology program is a selective admission program. Completing the general education requirements does not guarantee admission.

Semester IV- Summer

Total Credit Hours: 69

For Further Information

Angie Baker, R.C.I.S.
Program Director/Invasive Instructor, Cardiovascular Technology
Telephone: 423.354.5505
Fax: 423.245.5930
E-mail: adbaker@NortheastState.edu


Erin Cassel, R.C.S., R.D.C.S.
Non-Invasive Instructor, Cardiovascular Technology
Telephone: 423.354.2569
Fax: 423.245.5930
E-mail: ercassel@NortheastState.edu


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