Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Application Process
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To be eligible for the Cardiovascular Interventional (CI) Radiology Advanced Technical Certificate program, the student must meet the required Technical Standards as well as one of the following criteria:
- Must carry a primary current certification in Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT) OR be registry eligible. A Texas Medical Board license is also required for Declared Students only. See Application Option section below for a definition of Declared Applicant. Both R.T.(R) certification and Texas Medical Board License must be obtained by the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.
- Must be a diagnostic medical imaging student in the final semester of an accredited Radiologic Technology program
Candidates must:(1) submit with their application a letter on school letterhead from their Program Director stating they are a student in good standing (not on academic probation or currently involved in progressive disciplinary action) and expected date of graduation and(2) pass their Radiography registry prior to the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.
- Candidates must:(1) submit with their application a letter on school letterhead from their Program Director stating they are a student in good standing (not on academic probation or currently involved in progressive disciplinary action) and expected date of graduation and(2) pass their Radiography registry prior to the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester, or be withdrawn from the program.
- Out-of-state and Undeclared Applicants (see Application Option below for definition of Undeclared Applicant) are only required to have their R.T. (R) by the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next Cardiovascular Interventional Technology program cycle is delayed until Spring 2021 and will take place during the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters.
The deadline for Spring 2021 entering applicants has been extended to November 1, 2020. If the deadline ends on a weekend or holiday, the due date will end on the next business day.
Changes have been made to this Advanced Technical Certificate. Starting in Fall 2020, this certificate will be two semesters (Fall and Spring). More details will be posted soon.
- Review the Credentialing Process.
- Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
- Create or update your resume.
For DECLARED applicants
A declared applicant is a radiologic technologist who is not currently employed in a cardiac cath lab, and needs both the didactic and clinical education components arranged by ACC to complete their ARRT post primary application.
- Get a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification.
- Go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
- Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations. The cost to set up the account is $30.
- Next input code UL37im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following:
- Completed CI Declared Major form
- Work Experience Verification form
- Updated Resume
- Front and back copy of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Certification or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification (front and back of card or e-card). ACLS will be required before end of the first semester.
- Copy of current certification card or letter from Program Director if a student in good standing or recent graduate eligible to take registry exam.
- Copy of Texas Medical Board license (if applicable to discipline).
Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in Castle Branch before an application will be accepted.
For UNDECLARED applicants
An undeclared applicant is a radiologic technologist who is currently working in a cardiac cath lab in the capacity of a CI technologist, and is not required to participate in clinicals. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is needed.
- Undeclared applicants do not need to create a CastleBranch account.
- Complete the CI Undeclared Major form.
- Print and fill out the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology application.
- Applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Follow the instructions on this page to submit your application remotely.
For DECLARED applicants:
- You must have clearance from CastleBranch (green checks = clearance) before submitting your application.
- Submit official transcripts (other than ACC), if applicable, along with your paper application.
Incomplete packets will not be processed and will be returned.
For UNDECLARED applicants:
Submit the following documents with your paper application. To be considered, all items must be included with your application.
- CI Undeclared Major form
- Copy of your current ARRT certification card with registry in Radiography
- Copy of current Texas Medical Board license (if applicable to discipline)
- Official transcripts for any schools other than ACC
Incomplete packets will not be processed and will be returned.
The Cardiovascular Interventional Technology program has a limited number of program seats based on clinical site availability. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of program seats, an admissions ranking process will be initiated.
Please note that a “P” grade will not be calculated in determining the GPA for ranking purposes and could impact your total ranking score. For questions regarding choosing a “P” versus a performance grade (A, B, C) please contact email@example.com.
- Final ranking scores are arranged from the highest score to the lowest score and the top 10 applicants are offered a position in the program.
- If the same ranking score is achieved by more than one applicant, those applications will then be ranked by the date and time of application submission.
- In the event someone declines a position or does not respond by the stated deadline, the program will offer the position to the applicant next in line in the ranking.
Offers of admission are emailed to the applicant immediately upon conclusion of the application review and (if applicable) the ranking process.
Provisional Admission Information for Declared Students
Admission to the Computed Interventional Technology program for declared students is provisional until the following clinical requirements are met. Do not take action on these items until instructed by the department:
- Criminal background check
- Drug Screening
- TB Testing
- Health Data Form
- Proof of health insurance
- Seasonal flu vaccine
- Completion of online education modules
- Completion of ACLS certification before end of first semester
If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You are encouraged to view the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology FAQ for more information on the program, eligibility, clinical hours, etc.
- Students interested in the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology program are advised to be diligent and proactive in routinely reviewing this website for updates to the application process and/or the degree plan and for department announcements.
- Post primary credentialing information from the ARRT can be found here.
Early Application for Current Diagnostic Imaging Students
If you are currently enrolled in a diagnostic medical imaging program at ACC or another college or university, it is possible to apply to the ACC Cardiovascular Interventional Technology program before you graduate.
Instead of providing your TMB-GMRT (Texas Medical Board General Medical Radiologic Technologist) card and ARRT registry card, you will need a signed letter from the director of your program. The letter should indicate the following:
- Student’s name
- College or University name
- Expected date of graduation
- Contact information for the current educational program
- State that you are in good standing and likely to graduate with your class
- State that you are not currently on academic probation
- State that you are not currently involved in any progressive disciplinary actions
ACC students can contact Sherry Niven at email@example.com for the letter.
Recent Graduates: Letter from Program Director Instructions
If a recent graduate from an accredited radiologic technology program, you must submit in lieu of your license/registry a letter from your Program Director on school letterhead with the following information:
- Student’s name
- Program name and degree earned
- Date of graduation
- Eligibility to take the ARRT Radiography registry exam
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Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Updates
Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Only
Due to COVID-19, and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of this testing period and the Fall testing period. Students will not need permission to register for BIOL 2401 for Summer '20 and Fall '20 registration periods ONLY.Read more
Diagnostic Medical Imaging Programs Statement on “Pass” and “No Pass”
If a "P" grade is chosen for a Spring 2020 prerequisite course, the “P” grade will not be calculated in determining the GPA for ranking purposes and could impact your total ranking. This applies to Radiology, MRI, Computed Tomography, and Cardiovascular Interventional Technology applicants. For questions regarding choosing a "P" versus a performance grade (A, B, C) please contact Department Chair Jennifer Rigsby at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
CI program cycle delayed until Spring 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next CI program cycle is delayed until Spring 2021 and will take place during the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters. The deadline for Spring 2021 entering applicants has been extended to November 1, 2020.Read more