Cardiovascular Technology (AS)

If you think you may be interested in an exciting career in Cardiovascular Technology or Respiratory Care, we invite you to remotely attend one of our Orientation Sessions via Zoom. These are scheduled for Monday, April 13, Wednesday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 20, from Noon until 1:30pm.

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Program application will be available January - May 31.

Help Your Community Be Heart Healthy!

Cardiovascular Technology is an exciting, rewarding, and relatively new field. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and advances in technology and the training of Cardiovascular Technologists have improved the lives of millions of patients. This has resulted in a high demand for our graduates to work in hospitals and cardiology practices. Florida has the 3rd highest employment level in the nation for Cardiovascular Technologists, and employment in the field is expected to grow by 14% from 2018 - 2028 in the United States - much faster than most other fields.

More about Cardiovascular Technology

Median income $56,850 as of 2018

Of 2016-2018 graduates, 100% are employed or continuing their education

RCIS exam pass rate is 100% for 2016 - 2018 graduates


Did you know Florida has the 3rd highest employment level in the nation for Cardiovascular Technologists? Earning a median income of $56,850, employment in the field is expected to grow by 14% from 2018 - 2028 in the United States - much faster than most other fields.

With a degree in Cardiovascular Technology from FSW, you can pursue careers like:

  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab Technologist
  • Electrophysiology Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Applications Specialist
  • Cardiovascular Management
  • Cardiovascular Research
  • Cardiovascular Education

Learn more about what a Cardiovascular Technologist does in the Skills section.

Learn more about employability from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Options - Cardiovascular Technology

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Applicants interested in the Cardiovascular Technology Program should:

  • enjoy helping people
  • like technology
  • thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • be adaptable to change
  • learn well in a small team environment

What We'll Teach You

Our specialty of invasive cardiology will prepare the graduate to function in multiple facets in the cardiovascular catheterization laboratory. The Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist is employed in cardiovascular catheterization laboratories (cath labs) and works with a cardiologist to perform sophisticated tests in order to diagnose and quantify cardiac disorders. These include coronary artery disease, cardiac valve disease, or disorders of the heart's electrical conduction system.

Cardiovascular Technologists perform diagnostic cardiovascular catheterization studies on patients including coronary and vascular arteriography, hemodynamic monitoring and analysis, and electrophysiology studies. They also assist the cardiologist in interventional procedures including coronary angioplasty, direct infarct angioplasty, rotablator procedures, intra-coronary stenting, aortic and mitral valve repair/replacement, septal defect repair, pacemaker/defibrillator insertion, and radiofrequency ablation.

Our graduates will also be prepared to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) Credential exam and will be eligible to apply to the bachelor’s degree program in Cardiopulmonary Sciences right here at FSW - opening the door to even more career opportunities. Learn more in the Degrees & Credentials section below.

Technical / Academic Standards (PDF)

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Degrees & Credentials

Associate in Science (AS) Degree

The Cardiovascular Technology Program is a two-year program leading to an Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Cardiovascular Technology.

Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) Credential

Graduates may apply for the invasive cardiology registry examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) for national certification. Upon successful completion of the national exam, graduates earn the RCIS (Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist) credential making them more versatile in the workplace.

Continuing Toward a Bachelor's Degree?

Florida SouthWestern State College also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. Graduates of the AS Degree Program in Cardiovascular Technology with the RCIS credential will be eligible to apply for the bachelor’s degree to take the upper division courses. Contact us for more information about earning your bachelor’s degree!

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Program Information

The Cardiovascular Technology Program is a 77 credit hour, two-year program leading to an Associate in Science Degree in Cardiovascular Technology. The first year of the program is comprised of both general education and core cardiovascular courses. In the second year, students are concentrating on core, didactic, lab, and clinical cardiovascular courses. Clinical instruction occurs at affiliated hospitals throughout Southwest Florida.

A freshman class begins each Fall. Currently, 20 freshmen are accepted each year. Class size is limited by the number of cardiovascular catheterization laboratories in the clinical affiliates needed for the training of students. Students will have the opportunity to practice cardiac and vascular catheterization procedures in our on campus cath lab prior to entering the clinical component of the curriculum.

View required courses and more details in the College Catalog.

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How to Apply

The Cardiovascular Technology program is a limited access program requiring application to both FSW and the program itself once you are admitted to FSW. Admission to FSW usually only requires a high school diploma; further steps will be needed to be admitted to the Cardiovascular Technology program.

  • Apply to FSW ($30 if you have never taken classes at FSW before)

    • Create your admissions application account and select either the AA/AS, New to FSW or AA/AS, Readmit application depending on your situation.
    • Select “AA General Studies” as your Academic Program followed by “Cardiovascular Technology (AS)*” as your Area of Academic Interest.
  • Get Admitted to FSW

  • Complete the Cardiovascular Technology Application ($26)

    • The application is only available January - May 31.
  • Complete Enrollment Steps & Program Requirements

    • Enrollment Steps

      • This includes activities like meeting with your advisor and attending college orientation. Your steps will be sent to the email you provide on your FSW admissions application and must be completed in order to register for any classes at FSW.
    • Program Requirements

Program Application and Information Pack (PDF)

Important Dates for Application Process
Applications Accepted January - May 31
Watson Glaser Exam 4/10, 5/7, 5/21, 6/3
Interviews (if notified) 6/1 - 6/8, and others if necessary


Program Contact: Tamra Pacheco Health Professions Support Specialist Email Phone (239) 985-3499


The Florida SouthWestern State College Cardiovascular Technology Program is accredited in invasive cardiovascular technology by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs based on the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is located at 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, phone 727-210-2350.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT) is located at 1449 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588-1032, phone 978-456-5594.

Graduate Outcomes

The Florida SouthWestern State College Cardiovascular Technology Program, in accordance with CAAHEP accreditation Standards, offers the three year (2018+2017+2016) average outcomes for the graduates of the cardiovascular technology program:

  • Graduates passing the national Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) exam: 100%
  • Retention: 72.7%
  • Positive Placement (employed, continuing their education, or serving in the military): 100%

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