Students in this major utilize their study of anatomy, human physiology, organic chemistry and physics to assist physicians in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of heart patients. The role of the cardiovascular technologist may range from recording and/or reviewing patient’s history, performing cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and analyzing patient data for interpretation by a physician.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiovascular Technology offers an innovative program of three years of study at the University, followed by a comprehensive clinical training program at an accredited hospital program. This degree program enables students interested in a health care career to combine the benefits of a college education with the training necessary to begin their career immediately as a licensed Cardiovascular Technologist. Students in this major earn 100 credit hours before applying for a comprehensive clinical training program (18 months) at an accredited hospital program. The clinical training program combines clinical and didactic coursework to prepare students for national registration. After the comprehensive clinical training program is completed, students take the national registry examination in Cardiovascular Technology. A passing score on this examination, combined with a satisfactory academic transcript, are the requirements to become a licensed cardiovascular technologist.
Majors in this field must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 100 semester hours of academic work plus an intensive clinical training program where they receive specific training in one or more areas of emphasis within cardiovascular diagnostics: invasive, noninvasive, and vascular specialties. The first year will focus on the general education requirements of the Carolina Core and the College which include courses in English, mathematics, foreign language, behavioral sciences, history and freshmen level chemistry and biology. The major courses are completed over the next two years and include courses in cell biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry. Students are expected to complete eight hours in entry-level physics, plus four hours in a major level biology or chemistry course plus one or two electives to bring their total credits to 100 hours. The intensive clinical training program replaces the cognate requirement of the College.
Progressive GPA standards are enforced for continuation in the program. Upon completion of 30 credit hours a minimum USC GPA of 2.50 is required; at 60 credit hours a minimum USC GPA of 2.75 is required. Upon completion of the specified academic requirements, only students who have gained admission into an accredited CVT school will be retained in the program.
Transfer students admitted to this degree program must complete the last 30 credit hours of academic work in residence at the University of South Carolina prior to entering the intensive CVT clinical itraining program.
Students who have already completed a CVT training program or CVT internship will not be eligible for acceptance into this major.
Faculty at the College of Arts and Sciences consistently rank among the finest in the world for their outstanding teaching and research efforts. Our distinguished faculty heads the list of the University’s recipients for Outstanding Faculty Advisor, Amoco Teaching Awards, Golden Key Annual Professor Awards, and several other teaching and research honors. As an undergraduate in the college, you will have the opportunity to work very closely with faculty members in several of our state-of-the-art research facilities. You will have an advisor who will assist you in building a program of studies consistent with your interest and educational goals. Your advisor also monitors your progress toward achievement of the desired degree. Your advisor, in collaboration with the University’s Career Center, is also available to guide you in your career choices and to assist you with other academic and personal development issues.