Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Application Process
Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
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) and a current license from the Texas Medical Board
- Must be a diagnostic medical imaging student in the final semester of an accredited Radiologic Technology program
- Candidates must submit a letter from their Program Director with their application and pass their Radiography registry prior to the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester, or be withdrawn from the program.
- 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. For more info, see the “Special Notes” section at the bottom of this page.
- Must be a recent graduate from an accredited Radiologic Technology program
- Candidates in this category must submit a letter from their Program Director with their application and pass their Radiography registry prior to the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.
- See the “Special Notes” section below for letter content instructions.
New students are accepted into the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Program in the Fall. If the deadline ends on a weekend or holiday, the due date will end on the next business day.
The application deadline for Fall admission is June 15 at 5 p.m..
- 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
- CI Declared Student Patient Care Experience 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.
- Have employer complete the Undeclared Student CI Experience Verification form.
- Print and fill out the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology application.
- Submit your program application to the Health Sciences Admissions Offices by the deadline (or by the end of the next business work day if it falls on a weekend or holiday):
- Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Rd, Bldg. 8000, Rm 8356, Austin TX 78702
- Round Rock Campus: 4400 College Park Dr., Bldg 3000, Rm 3105, Round Rock TX 78665
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)
- Undeclared Student CI Experience Verification form
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 screen
- TB test and physical exam
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- College credits can be applied to CEUs for the ARRT continuing education requirement.
- If a student resides out of district, the tuition cost is higher for credit courses vs. Continuing Education courses. Click here to see if you reside in the ACC service district.
Students who select to enroll under the Continuing Education option will register for classes through the Continuing Education Division.
- Students selecting the Continuing Education option through ACC are advised that these courses will not be accepted by the ARRT for CE credits toward your required 24 CE credit biennium.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Updates
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CI Program Application Status
Fall 2019 applications for the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Program are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the Application Process page.Read more
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