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School of Cardiovascular Technology

Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Standards

The following contains information regarding essential technical standards outlining the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary for the student to successfully participate in and complete the invasive cardiovascular technology program. These standards are not conditions of admission, but reflect the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete requirements for invasive cardiovascular technology.

The applicant should carefully review the technical standards for the program and ask questions if not familiar with the activities or functions listed. The applicant must decide if he or she has any limitations that may restrict or interfere with satisfactory performance of any of the requirements. It is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to meet these technical standards if accepted into the invasive cardiovascular technology program.

The applicant should consult with the program director to discuss any individual situation if he or she may not be able to meet these essential performance requirements.


  • The ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • The ability to lift, transfer and move patients to and from the table, stretcher and/or bed.
  • The ability to wear lead aprons, approximately 10 - 18 pounds for up to 80% of a shift (6 hours).
  • The ability to stand up to 95% of the shift (approximately 7.5 hours) required.
  • The ability to hold pressure on the femoral, brachial or other arterial and/or venous sites to obtain hemostasis (upper body strength).
  • The ability to work well under pressure.


  • Able to hear and understand patients and staff; assess and monitor patient sounds.
  • Communicate and interact with patients, staff and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Follow verbal instructions.
  • Use a stethoscope to hear heart and breath sounds.
  • Detect and discriminate between sounds of normal conversation.
  • Hearing of Pumps for medication and life support. .
  • Ability to hear sounds of a variety of equipment alarms and cardiac monitors.
  • The ability to distinguish between a variety of sounds including but not limited to phones, voices and beepers.


  • Mobile and strong enough to support and move patients.
  • Able to work remaining in a standing position for 95% of a shift or up to 7.5 hours.
  • Able to move quickly from place to place to perform patient care.
  • Move in and out of treatment areas.
  • Respond to emergency situations in a timely manner.
  • Reach equipment and parts of patient's body.
  • Reach above shoulder height to manipulate equipment.
  • Reach below waist level to manipulate equipment.


  • Able to monitor and assess patient and equipment function; to provide safe and effective care.
  • Read written instruction/orders.
  • Read fine print, monitors, and gauges.
  • Differentiate color/character of blood.

Motor Skills (fine and gross)

  • Perform multiple motor tasks simultaneously. Fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle equipment and provide safe and effective patient care; steady arm and hand movements while manipulating objects or assisting patients. Operate and manipulate equipment; multiple operations may be required.
  • Use of catheters and wires which can be .010" in diameter.
  • Manual dexterity to manipulate and set up equipment needed to perform procedure.
  • Lift and transport patients, pushing and pulling of equipment up to 130 pounds. 
  • Lift and move patients safely.
  • Perform airway management and CPR.


Able to assess patient's response to therapy tactilely.
Distinguish textures, degrees of firmness, temperature differences, pulse rate, vibrations and strength.
Manipulate a syringe and needle to prepare medications

Cognitive - Attention/Concentration

  • The position requires strong concentration skills. The individual must have the ability to voluntarily sustain concentration to a task over an extended period of time as a result of an effortless and usually deliberate heightened and focused state of attention.
  • Must maintain mental/physical ability to read and write
  • Must be able to perform mathematical computations
  • Must be able to sit 4-7 hours during didactic phase
  • Must be able to comprehend and operate computer applications
  • Must possess judgement, organizational, and prioritizing skills



Ability to accept responsibility for leadership, direction, control, planning, negotiating, organization, directing, supervising formulating practice and making decisions.


Ability to adapt to situations involving the interpretation of feelings, ideas or facts in terms of personal view point, to use creativity, self-expression or imagination.

Performing under stressful situations

Ability to perform under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and sustained attention are critical aspects of the job.


  • Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely to present ideas, facts and technical information.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a effective manner

I understand that as a health care worker:

  • Many procedures performed may expose me to bloodborne pathogens, ionizing radiation and potentially hazardous materials.
  • I should have the following immunizations: Hep B, MMR, DPT, and an annual TB screen.
  • A physical and employee health screening, which will include a drug screen, will be obtained before the start of the program.
  • If accepted into the program,  the prospective student will be required to complete a criminal background check performed by the hospital.

CVTS imaging module