Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Radiologic Sciences

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (ICVT)

Cardiology technologists (ICVT) operate sophisticated imaging and patient monitoring equipment while working with the cardiologist, who performs procedures on patients, leading to the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Using x-ray (fluoroscopy) and patient monitoring equipment, ICVTs:

  • Assist with percutaneous revascularization
  • Operate cardiac assist pumps, patient monitoring and imaging equipment
  • Monitor patient condition before, during and after procedure
  • Provide care for the psychological and physical needs of the patient

ICVTs work directly with critically ill inpatients and outpatients of adult and geriatric ages, often performing invasive procedures. They work in a sterile environment, where they manipulate x-ray equipment to acquire images, sit at computer console to monitor vital signs and stand, sometimes for long periods of time, to assist the cardiologist during catheterization. The equipment ICVTs work with requires that they wear lead aprons.

Mission Statement

The mission of the ICVT Program is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice in radiologic and imaging sciences as competent, caring members of the health care team, cultivating professionalism and life-long learning.

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Concentration within Your Degree

Dual-Concentration students cannot take ICVT in their first year unless they have already completed a Radiography, Cardiac Sonography or Vascular Sonography program.

One-Concentration students must have completed a Radiography, Cardiac Sonography or Vascular Sonography program. It is preferred the student is registered in one of the required concentrations for entry into the ICVT program.

Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing concentrations, to help make sure that the combination you choose is the best option for your future career.

Goals

Clinical Performance & Clinical Competence

Students will:

  • Demonstrate appropriate sterile techniques
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of cath lab equipment
  • Use safe radiation practice for patient, self and healthcare team
  • Provide safe and quality patient care

Problem Solving Skills & Critical Thinking

Students will respond quickly and appropriately in critical situations and adapt to changing catheterization protocols and procedures.

Communication Skills

Students will demonstrate appropriate and effective oral and written communication skills with patients and the interprofessional healthcare team.

Professional Development & Growth

Students will:

  • Integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice
  • Function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team
  • Participate in professional growth development

Program Effectiveness

Program Completion Rates*

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
8 8 100%


Class 2014 ONLY

# of Students Entered Program # of Students  Graduated Program
Program Completion Rate
3 3 100%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates*

Pass rates are on FIRST attempt ONLY within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
4 2 50%


Class 2014 ONLY

# of Our Students Who Took Exam
# of Our Students Who Passed


Pass
Rates
0 0 100%

Job Placement Results*

Job Placement rates are within ONE year post graduation.

5 Year Average
(Classes 2010 – 2014)


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
5 5 100%


Class 2014 ONLY


# of Students Seeking Job
# of Students Employed in 1 Year
Job Placement Rate
1 1 100%

*Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2015.