Do you want to help people?
Are you looking for an in-demand specialty to grow your expertise beyond radiography?
Are you seeking a role that makes a significant impact on patient recovery? 
Do you want a Bachelor's degree education that provides options for the future?
Are you searching for a school that supports your values and need for wholeness?

START HERE: Attend a free online information session to gain information about Cardiovascular Imaging. When you attend, your application fee will be waived

Application Window: Fall 2018 to Winter 2019

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About the Interventional Radiology Profession

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 area of emphasis within the BS in Radiation Sciences (BSRS) program is a full-time, eighteen-month program that requires 6 quarters beginning in the summer. During the program, students take formal coursework 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.

How to Begin

Step 1:  Review the website, brochure, and FAQ in detail first, then contact the program director for answers to your individual quesitons:

Step 2: Attend a free online information session and have your application fee waived just by attending. 

Step 3: Start the application process 

Step 4: Contact Christine Wetmore at (909-558-4931) (cwetmore@llu.edu) with general registration and prerequisite questions

Program Resources

About The Cardiac and Vascular Imaging (CVI) Program at LLU

The Cardiac and Vascular Imaging (CV) program at Loma Linda University is an emphasis in the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences. 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. Didactic courses are online.

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 at 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.

The applicant should submit meaningful recommendations from prior teachers, work supervisors, or health professionals who are knowledgeable about their qualification. An applicant who is completing a program may apply as long as she/he has completed ARRT, CRT, and BLS requirements by the program start date.

School certificates in Cardiac Interventional or Vascular Interventional are available. Please discuss these options with the program director.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:

  • Demonstrate clinical competence in cardiac interventional
  • Radiology and vascular interventional radiology.
  • Demonstrate competence in Advanced Clinical Life Support (ACLS)
  • Demonstrate effective communication in the health sciences.

Program Requirements

  • Current ARRT registry in radiologic technology (R.T.(R)(ARRT))
  • Current California (CRT) license
  • Current BLS card with the American Heart Association
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 maintained in all didactic and clinical coursework
  • Venipuncture in highly recommended
  • 1 year of professional experience in imaging is recommended
  • An associate degree (or a minimum of 72-96 degree transferable units per program director approval.)

Career Observation

A minimum of 8 hours career observation in cardiac and/or vascular imaging is required. The career observation form is available as a download from the forms page on the web site.

Application Procedure

  1. Applications are accepted year round for the BSRS program
  2. Applications 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 department
  3. There are limited clinical slots available.

Interviews

Interviews are conducted in February and March. 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:

  1. Work experience or training background
  2. Recommendations
  3. Academic record
  4. Communication skills, knowledge, motivation, etc.

Qualities of an Ideal Applicant

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. Additionally, applicants should be enthusiastic and interested in maintaining high standards of academics, clinical performance, and patient care; possesses a broad knowledge of human anatomy and computer skills; demonstrates strong academic performance in science and related courses; and be  detail oriented and able to work under pressure while demonstrating critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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.

Contact Information

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

jcruise@llu.edu
studyradsci@llu.edu