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Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Overview

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.

Tasks

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

Technology

  • x-ray (fluoroscopy)
  • patient monitoring equipment

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact
  • critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • mostly adults and geriatrics
  • invasive

Work Conditions

  • wear lead aprons during procedures
  • sterile environment
  • stand to assist cardiologist during catheterization
  • sit at computer console to monitor vital signs
  • manipulate x-ray equipment to acquire images

Mission

The Mission of the ICVT Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into medical imaging sciences and the radiologic and imaging sciences, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning.  Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will demonstrate appropriate sterile technique.

1-B. Students will demonstrate appropriate use of cath lab equipment.

1-C. Students will utilize safe radiation practice for patient, self and healthcare team.

1-D. Students will provide safe and quality patient care.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will respond quickly and appropriately in critical situations.

2-B. Students will adapt to changing catheterization protocols and procedures.

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will demonstrate age-appropriate oral communication skills.

3-B. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3-C. Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with the interprofessional health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice.

4-B. Students will function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team.

4-C. Students will participate in professional growth development.

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average(2008-2012)
Number Pass Rates
Took Passed JSHP National
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology 3* 1 33% N/A**


* There were no ICVT students in 2008 and 2009
** National pass rates are not available from the credentialing organizationTaken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anectodal update from Program Directors in January 2014.

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Job Placement Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2008- 2012)
Number of Students Job Placement Rate
Seeking Job Employed
in 6 months
JSHP
Invasive Cardio-vascular Technology 3 3 100%

Taken from 2013 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Report with anectodal update from Program Directors in January 2014.

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Program Completion Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2008 - 2012)
Number of Students Program Completion Rate
Entered Grad. JSHP
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology 3 3 100%

Data from Program Directors (updated annually). Data collected August 19, 2013

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for cardiology technologists (ICVT) are expected to soar by 29 percent by 2020.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School   2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program* in
Radiologic Sciences or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits 
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
First Year Second Year
Radiography ICVT
Cardiac sonography ICVT
Vascular sonography ICVT