The Cardiovascular Technology (CVT) Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviors that are required for the performance of a successful cardiovascular technologist. Cardiovascular technologists are health care professionals who, under the direction of a qualified physician, are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with congenital and acquired heart and blood vessel disease. The invasive cardiovascular technologist is a member of the cardiac catheterization team and assists with coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention, right heart catheterizations, and the implantation of arrhythmia management devices. The studies performed in these areas are used by the cardiologist to evaluate patients for cardiovascular disease and develop comprehensive treatment plans.
Admission to the Program
Program Application Instructions
- All prospective Cardiovascular Technology students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College and submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores, and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Cardiovascular Technology Program. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Cardiovascular Technology Program.
- Applications to the Cardiovascular Technology program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/ApplyAlliedHealth by February 1 each year for fall admission. (This deadline will move to March 15 for 2021.) For more information, contact the Allied Health department office at (918) 595-7002.
- A selection committee will review all applications and eligible applicants will be granted an interview with the Cardiovascular Technology Program admissions committee.
- Qualified students will be ranked based on admission requirements and awarded admission to the program accordingly. All interviewed applicants will be notified by email regarding their selection.
Program Admission Requirements
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all prior high school and college coursework.
- Successful completion of ALDH 1323 Medical Terminology and BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology.
- Student must be able to travel to local and distant clinical sites.
- An extensive criminal background check, including but not limited to a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates. All Allied Health students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations, and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation. Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.
English Language Proficiency
An official iBT® TOEFL (internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band score is required as proof of English proficiency for any International student for whom English is a second language who is applying to any Tulsa Community College health sciences program. Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school will not be required to take the iBT Toefl or IELTS tests. Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.
For health sciences students, the minimum sub-scores on the internet based TOEFL (iBT®) are 21 for Writing; 24 for Speaking; 20 for Reading; and 20 for Listening, with a total minimum score of 85.
For students choosing the IELTS test, acceptable scores include: 6.5 for Reading; 6.5 for listening; 7.5 for Speaking; and 6 for Writing, for a total IELTS Bans score of 6.5. These required minimum scores must be met for each of the four sub-tests on a single exam. A total score that does not meet the sub-score minimums does not meet the requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on an individual basis.
Students must go to www.ets.org/toefl to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to www.ielts.org/us to find an IELTS testing center and register and pay for the test. Both tests cost approximately $190. Students are highly encouraged to take practice tests to prepare for these important tests. Your official scores, including ALL Sub-scores, must be sent directly to the TCC Registrar’s Office.
Julie Hall, BSIS, RT, RCIS
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:
- Evaluate patient history, physical, and physiological data
- Communicate in written, oral, or visual forms with patients, the community, or other healthcare professionals.
- Use invasive cardiovascular equipment and specialized hemodynamic equipment.
- Use computers and advanced cardiac medical electronics and instrumentation
- Identify responsibilities relevant to role as cardiovascular technologists.
- Perform as a team member in the role of a cardiovascular technologist.
- Integrate appropriate professional interpersonal skills.
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View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Cardiovascular Technology AAS Degree Map.