• Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive

    M State’s new Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive AAS degree trains qualified students for high-demand careers within the rapidly advancing and fast-growing specialty of cardiovascular treatment.

Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive

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Our program

The Cardiovascular Technology AAS degree prepares students to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and peripheral vascular conditions. Students in the 60-credit degree program will be trained as highly specialized professionals in the use of current technology, physiological and diagnostic equipment and therapeutic procedures.

Training in emerging technologies prepares students for challenging career opportunities in cardiac catheterization labs and angiography suites at medical facilities.

The program is offered on M State's Moorhead campus.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Active participation as a member of the cardiovascular team, demonstrating professional behavior, communication and collaboration
  • Concepts of patient safety, asepsis, infection control and universal precautions
  • Proficient use of technology, equipment, supplies and instruments
  • Effective, therapeutic communication with patients, families and other members of the cardiovascular team
  • Respect for individual patients, maintaining their dignity, rights and beliefs
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Principles of radiation safety


Why M State

  • Program and curriculum developed by an advisory board of regional health care partners, ensuring that students are learning the skills needed by employers
  • Practicum/internships in regional cardiac catheterization labs
  • Hands-on training with simulation lab equipment


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Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Sarah Olek
Cardiovascular Technology Faculty
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Apply now

Apply now to M State using our online application.

This program will have a competitive admission process; review the CVRI Application Packet for details on the admission process and criteria. Check back for a program application and start date.


Program prerequisites

Admission to this program is competitive and requires a grade of C or better and a prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or better in the following courses to be considered for admission:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab
  • Medical Microbiology Lecture and Lab
  • Small Group Communication
  • College Algebra
  • Cardiovascular Technology Survey

Contact M State for additional admission information


Other requirements

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) - Healthcare Providers CPR Certification
  • Minnesota Department of Health background check
  • National background check
  • Up-to-date immunizations
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider course


Additional Program Costs

$65. American Heart Association BLS/CPR (Healthcare Provider) certification

$500. Lead vest/skirt


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Required courses

First semester

  • Medical Microbiology and Lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
  • Small Group Communication
  • College Algebra
  • Cardiovascular Technology Survey

Second semester

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
  • Principles of Patient Care
  • Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology
  • Cardiovascular Technology I
  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology

Third semester

  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Pharmacology for Cardiovascular Technology
  • Radiation Safety
  • Cardiovascular Technology Clinical
  • Cardiovascular Technology II

Fourth semester

  • Cardiovascular Technology Practicum I, II and III


Technical Standards for M State Cardiovascular Technology Program

Technical standards (see table below) are required abilities for effective performance in the Cardiovascular Technology Program. The examples show how a standard may be applied. The examples listed are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be a complete list of all tasks in the cardiovascular program. Reasonable accommodations to meet standards may be available for otherwise program-qualified individuals with disabilities. Contact the college Disability Services Office as soon as possible for more information if you think you may need an accommodation for a disability.


Intellectual Standard




Cognitive Perception

The ability to perceive events realistically, to think clearly and rationally, and to function appropriately in routine and stressful situations. Students must be able to independently and accurately assess or contribute to the assessment of a patient.

· Identify changes in patient's health status

· Prioritize and anticipate what needs to happen next in a variety of situations

Critical Thinking

Careful thought, reasoned judgement. Differentiated from personal opinion and superficial memorization of facts by the ability to obtain and use an appropriate quantity and quality of data for a given situation. Critical thinkers question assumptions, routines, and rituals, reconsider "known facts" when new information becomes available and develop new "rules" when old ones fail or are unavailable.

Critical thinking skills demanded of Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists require the ability to learn and reason; to integrate, analyze and synthesize data concurrently.

Students must be able to solve problems rapidly, consider alternatives, and make a decision for managing or intervening in the care of a patient.

· Able to make effective decisions in the classroom setting and at the clinical sites.

· Contribute to the care of patients in a way that accurately reflects the patient's concerns.

· Able to make decisions reflective of classroom learning in the clinical sites.


Communication Standard





Communicate in English with others in oral and written form. Able to communicate with patients and members of the health care team in order to plan and deliver safe care.

· Utilize oral and written communication skills sufficiently for teaching/learning and for interaction with others

· Read, understand, write and speak English

· Explain treatment and procedures

· Initiate and/or reinforce health teaching

· Clarify communication received

Interpersonal Relationships

Interact with patients, families, staff, peers, instructors, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds

· Establish rapport with patients, families, and colleagues

· Respond in a professional and therapeutic manner to a variety of patient expressions and behaviors


Motor Skills Standard




· Motor Skills

Ambulatory capability sufficient to maintain a center of gravity when met with an opposing force as in lifting, supporting, and/or transferring a patient.

· Position patients

· Reach, manipulate and operate equipment/instruments, supplies (syringes, wires, catheters, monitors, sterile equipment)

· Perform/use electronic documentation

· Lift, carry, push and pull

· Wear a heavy lead apron most of the day (20+ lbs.)

· Perform CPR


Ambulatory capability sufficient to maintain a center of gravity when met with an opposing force as in lifting, supporting, and/or transferring a patient.

· Propel wheelchairs, stretchers, etc. alone or with assistance as available

· Transport supplies

· Lift a child

· Move and lift patients in and out of bed, wheelchair, or cart

· Assist with the transfer and walking of patients who may require substantial support

Activity Tolerance

Ability to tolerate lengthy periods of physical activity

· Move quickly and/or continuously

· Tolerate long periods of standing and/or sitting


Senses Standard





Auditory ability sufficient to hear normal conversation and/or assess health needs

· Ability to monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultation of heart sounds, cries for help, telephone interaction and dictation

· Communicate with patients, families and colleagues


Visual ability sufficient for observation, assessment, and performance of safe procedures

· Observes patient responses

· Discriminates color changes

· Accurately reads measurements on patient related equipment

· Read medication labels

· Evaluate for safe environment


Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment, inclusive of size, shape, temperature and texture

· Performs palpitation of pulses

· Performs functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, catheter insertion.


Environmental Standards




Psychosocial Behaviors

Possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt and safe completion of all responsibilities

· Demonstrate professional abilities of trust-worthiness, empathy, integrity, confidentiality, etc. in work, school, or volunteer activities

· Be able to change, and display flexibility

· Learn to function in the face of uncertainties and stressful situations

Environmental Adaptability

Ability to tolerate environmental stressors

· Work with chemical and detergents

· Tolerate exposure to odors

· Work in close proximity to others

· Work in areas of potential physical violence

· Work with infectious agents and blood-borne pathogens

· Work in environments that may have allergens such as latex



Students are required to be able to perform the technical standards prior to and during their course of study. Students who experience a change in their health status must notify their instructor and advisor immediately. For the students and patients' safety, students will be required to submit updated documentation from a medical professional indicating any limitations or restrictions.

Adapted from M State Nursing Student Policy and Procedure Handbook

Last modified: March 29th, 2017 at 04:08pm