What will I learn?

Graduates of the Cardiovascular Technology Program are prepared to become credentialed as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) after successful completion of the national RCIS Examination. Cardiovascular technology is an allied health profession specifically focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and vascular disease. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist is employed in cardiovascular catheterization laboratories (catch labs). Our specialty of invasive cardiovascular technology will prepare the graduate to function in multiple facets in the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory. Working with a Cardiologist they perform sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify cardiac and vascular disorders. These include coronary artery disease, cardiac valve disease, vascular disease, and disorders of the heart's electrical conduction system. Cardiovascular Technologists perform diagnostic cardiovascular catheterization studies on patients including coronary and vascular angiography and hemodynamic monitoring and analysis. They also assist the cardiologist in interventional procedures including coronary and vascular angioplasty and interventions, direct infarct angioplasty, rot ablator procedures, intra-coronary and vascular stenting, and pacemaker/defibrillator insertion.

The Cardiovascular Technology Program admits students once per year and starts each fall semester. The curriculum includes a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. General Education and Program Specific coursework may be taken on various campuses but the Cardiovascular Technology core courses are only offered on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus. Clinical education occurs at affiliated hospitals throughout Southwest Florida.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Professions

Study options

Full Time (77 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $432.63 per credit hour
Start date

Expected August 2020


Florida SouthWestern State College

Lee Campus,

8099 College Parkway,



33919, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants are required to have high school graduation.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL (Internet): 61
TOEFL (Paper): 500
TOEFL (Computer-based): 173
IELTS: 5.5