Cardiovascular Technology

The cardiovascular technology program prepares students for careers in the fast-paced, critical-thinking arena of cardiac and peripheral intervention. An invasive cardiovascular technologist is a member of the cardiac cath team that assists physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

The cardiovascular technologist’s primary role is to directly assist the physician during angioplasty and stenting and other interventions, monitor a patient’s hemodynamic status during procedures, and provide professional and compassionate pre- and post-procedural patient care. Graduates will find employment opportunities in cardiac catheterization labs in hospitals and in freestanding clinics as professionally licensed Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists (RCIS).

The Polk State College Cardiovascular Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

What Does a Cardiovascular Technologist Do?