Advanced Certification in Cardiovascular Interventional or Vascular Interventional Radiography

Academic Certificate

Overview

Interventional Radiography is an advanced certification leading to employment in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab or the Interventional Lab/Special Procedures Lab in Radiology. The program has twenty-five credits taken over two semesters. This area is at the top of the growth list for jobs in Radiology! Each week will contain three days of clinical rotations. Academic classes will be taught via zoom and or video recordings two days per week. This certificate is designed for the credentialed radiologic technologist to gain experience, skills, and academic knowledge to pass the A.R.R.T. national board examination in Cardiovascular Interventional (CI) or Vascular Interventional (VI).

Cardiovascular Interventional technologists work in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The lab is composed of a cardiologist, a team of nurses, and cardiovascular technologists. Together this team will do a wide variety of procedures focusing on the heart such as right heart catheterizations, left heart catheterizations, stents into the coronary arteries, ablations, Watchman procedures, etc.

The Vascular Interventional technologists work in the Special Procedures/Interventional lab in radiology. The team is composed of an interventional radiologist, interventional technologists, and a radiology nurse. This area will do a wide variety of procedures focusing on the vascular anatomy leading to the brain, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities. Obstructions, narrowing’s, stenting of all types, clot dissolves, and embolizations are completed. This team is highly specialized and works closely together.

These teams maintain an “on-call” schedule to meet the growing demand of heart events and traumatic events occurring at all hours of the day and night. These technologists must be focused on details and extremely flexible to demanding schedules. They must maintain current CPR skills, and knowledge of EKG and pharmacology to assist the team as needed during the procedures. These technologists are in great demand and the future growth outlook is strong as more catheterization labs and interventional suites are being installed in hospital settings.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(10 Credit Hours)
RAD-114 Radiographic Imaging Fundamentals II

Radiographic Imaging Fundamentals II

ID: RAD-114

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides advanced instruction in primary and secondary influencing imaging factors and advanced imaging applications.

2
RAD-236 Radiographic Seminar II

Radiographic Seminar II

ID: RAD-236

Credit Hours: 2

This course includes selected areas of radiography that require additional study or application.

2
RAD-256 Advanced Radiography I

Advanced Radiography I

ID: RAD-256

Credit Hours: 6

This course includes independently performing routine procedures in a radiology department, including involvement in advanced radiographic procedures.

6
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
RAD-210 Radiographic Imaging II

Radiographic Imaging II

ID: RAD-210

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a detailed study of advanced methods and concepts of imaging.

3
RAD-230 Radiographic Procedures II

Radiographic Procedures II

ID: RAD-230

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of special radiographic procedures.

3
RAD-205 Radiographic Pathology

Radiographic Pathology

ID: RAD-205

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a survey of disease processes significant to the radiographer, including etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

2
RAD-257 Advanced Radiography I

Advanced Radiography I

ID: RAD-257

Credit Hours: 7

This course includes independently performing routine procedures in a radiology department, including involvement in advanced radiographic procedures.

7
  Total Credit Hours 25
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$4,700.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist, RT (R) (CI)

A technologist works in the Cardiac Catherization Lab of hospitals. They are team members with cardiologists, nurses, and other cardiovascular technologists. This team member is responsible for all radiologic equipment, contrast medium, and other duties needed from the team. They maintain an “on-call” schedule with the team.

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Cardiac Catherization Labs in Hospitals.

Careers

Vascular Interventional Technologist

The technologist works in Special Procedure/Interventional suite in radiology of the hospital. Team member with interventional radiologists, radiology nurses, and other vascular interventional technologists. This team member is responsible for all radiologic equipment, contrast medium, scrub for tray set up, the handing off of catheters, and other duties needed from the team. They maintain an “on-call” schedule with the team.

According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Special Procedures/Interventional Radiology Suites in Hospitals.
  • Hybrid Interventional Suite in the Operating Room of Hospitals.

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the Workforce

With the current shortage of CI and VI technologists, those who successfully complete the program and pass the national board examination will be highly sought after for open positions.

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