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Cardiac and Vascular Imaging (CVI)—AH

New Program offering beginning Fall Quarter 2015.
Applications now being accepted.

University Certificate

Overview of program

Cardiac Interventional (CI) and Vascular Interventional (VI) technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated imaging equipment. This technology provides detailed fluoroscopic images of the human body, assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment.

The Cardiac and Vascular Imaging Program is a full-time, twelve month certificate program that requires four quarters beginning in the autumn. During the program, students take formal course work along with clinical instruction. There are no arrangements for part-time or evening status. Clinical sites are available in a variety of regions in Southern California. However, LLU cannot guarantee that the student will be placed close to his/her residence.

Downloadable Program Brochure

The program’s load requires 40 hours per week, which includes didactic and clinical experiences. Clinical experience involves up to four eight-hour days per week. Classes require the student to be on campus.
Students will be required to submit current immunization records and undergo a background check during the registration process. For information regarding immunizations, contact student health services http://www.llu.edu/central/ssweb/index.page. Students will be responsible for paying any fees associated with immunizations and background checks.
Loma Linda University and the Department of Radiation Technology cannot guarantee employment.

This program can be completed in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Te thchnology.  Please contact the program Director for additional details.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:
1.    Demonstrate clinical competence in cardiac interventional radiography and vascular interventional radiography.
2.    Demonstrate competence in advance clinical life support (ACLS)
3.    Demonstrate effective communication in the health sciences.
The CVI student profile:

1.    Enthusiastic and interested in maintaining high standards of academics, clinical performance, and patient care.
2.    Possesses a broad knowledge of human anatomy and computer skills.
3.    Demonstrates strong academic performance in science and related courses.
4.    Is detail oriented and able to work under pressure while demonstrating critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
The applicant should submit meaningful recommendations from prior teachers, work supervisors, or health professionals who are knowledgeable about their qualifications. An applicant who is completing a program in radiologic technology prior to the start of the program may apply as long as s/he has completed ARRT, CRT, and BLS requirements by the program start date.

Program Requirements
•    Current ARRT registry in radiation technology (RT)
•    Current California (CRT) license
•    Current CPR card with the American Heart Association
•    A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 maintained in all didactic and clinical course work.
•    Venipuncture is highly recommended
•    1 year of professional experience in imaging is highly recommended

Observation Experience
A minimum of 12 hours of career observation in cardiac and/or vascular imaging is required. The career observation form is available as a download from the forms page.
Application procedure
1.    Applications are accepted starting January of each year.
2.    Deadline for applications is April 1st
3.    Application should include a statement of purpose, application fee, three recommendations and transcripts. Official transcripts must come directly from other schools to the School of Allied Health Professions admissions office.
4.    Applicants should submit applications early as there are a limited number of slots available for interviews.

CVI interviews are conducted in June or July. All applicants will be interviewed by the program director and representatives of the School of Allied Health Professions. Applicants residing in southern California should plan for a personal interview on campus at Loma Linda. Applicants will be notified by phone and/or e-mail of their interview schedule. Interviews are rated in the following four areas:
•    Work experience or training background
•    Recommendations
•    Academic record
•    Communication skills, knowledge, motivation, etc.

After all applicants have been interviewed, the selection committee for the Special Imaging Program (CVI) meets to make the final selections. Selections are usually decided by the middle of July, and confirmation of each decision is mailed to the respective applicant from the Office of Admissions for the School of Allied Health Professions.
Tuition costs and fees
$754 per unit.  Additional Registration and University fees apply.  Please contact the Program Director regarding financial assistance information.

Important Program Financial Disclosure

Special Imaging Curriculum (CVI)
*Repeated registrations required to complete total units.  Students are only charged 2 units per quarter.

Autumn Quarter     
CEPT 275     Cardiovascular Pharmacology    3.0
CEPT 251     Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition I    2.0
CEPT 248     Cardiovascular Patient Assessment    2.0
CEPT 245     Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology    3.0
RTSI 342      Cardiac/Interventional Procedures    3.0
RTSI 975      Special Imaging Affiliation*    2.5
Totals    15.5

Winter Quarter     
AHCJ 402     Pathology 1 4.0
CEPT 252    Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition II    2.0
RTSI 344      Interventional Pharmacology    4.0
RTSI 975      Special Imaging Affiliation*    10.0
Totals    16.0
Spring Quarter     
RTSI 356    Vascular Anatomy and Physiology    3.0
RTSI 351    Angio/Interventional Procedures I    3.0
RTSI 975    Special Imaging Affiliation*    10.0
Totals    16.0
Summer Quarter     
RTSI 358    CVI Review Course    2.0
RTSI 352    Angio/Interventional Procedures II    3.0
RELE XXX Religion    2.0
RTSI 975   Special Imaging Affiliation*    10.0
Totals    17.0

Overall Total Units    69.5
**RTSI 974 is an additional quarter of clinic available to students who have not met program requirements. This additional time will be at the discretion of the school or at the request of the student.

Program Advisement and Contact Information

Rob Cruise, BSRT (R)(MR)(CT)
Program Director: Cardiovascular/Interventional
Department of Radiation Technology
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA  92350
Work: 909-936-4135