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Radiologic Sciences - Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

An Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist is typically employed in a hospital to assist physicians with cardiac catheterization procedures and provide direct patient care. Clinical and laboratory assignments for the Invasive Cardiovascular program require certain physical demands that are the technical standards of admission. These standards are based upon the minimum tasks performed by graduates of the program. Listed below are the technical standards which all applicants are must meet in order to participate and complete the ICVT program.

  1. Sufficient visual acuity to read catheterization procedure prescriptions and charts, observe conditions of the patient and evaluate hemodynamic monitoring equipment.
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team and to assess the health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as intercom systems, cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors and fire alarms.
  3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of imaging exams, such as movement of patients and equipment.
  4. Sufficient communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient's/client's interest.
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care.

Examples of specific technical standards the Invasive Cardiovascular Technology student must be able to meet are:

  • Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to procedure table.
  • Lift, move, reach or push equipment.
  • Manual dexterity and ability to bend/stretch.
  • Physical agility: sitting (4-7 hours), standing (4-7 hours).
  • Carry 12-30 pounds (lead aprons) while working.
  • Distinguish colors and shades of gray.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relation skills, including patient instruction
  • Physical and mental abilities to handle moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine, etc.) and moderate exposure to frequent ionizing radiation.
  • Read and extract information from the medical chart or patient requisitions
  • Explain the clinical study verbally and/or in writing

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