Application Process


Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Application Process

Before you proceed with the application process, we encourage you to read the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology FAQ. If you need additional help, please contact us.

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:

  1. 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and Texas Medical Board License must be obtained by the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.
  2. 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of graduation and(2) pass their Radiography registry prior to the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.
  3. 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of graduation and(2) pass their Radiography registry prior to the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester, or be withdrawn from the program.
  4. 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Applicant) are only required to have their R.T. (R) by the academic withdrawal date of the Fall semester or be withdrawn from the program.

Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Program applications are accepted annually from April 1 to June 15 at 5 p.m. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date will end on the next business day.

ALL Applicants:

  1. Activate your ACC email account. All correspondence regarding your application will be sent to your ACC email address. For information on how to set up your ACC email account, please see this page.
  2. Review and complete the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Information Session. Print and keep the confirmation email at the end of the session.
  3. Review the Credentialing Process.
  4. Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
  5. Create or update your resume.

For DECLARED applicants

declared student is a registered or registry-eligible radiologic technologist who is seeking ARRT post-primary certification for Cardiac Interventional Radiography. The declared student is not currently employed in this specialty and needs both the didactic and clinical education components arranged by ACC to complete their ARRT post-primary application. The declared student will be enrolled in both the didactic and clinical components of the program. The Advanced Technical Certificate is only awarded if both the didactic and clinical courses outlined in the degree plan are successfully completed. A change in enrollment status at any point during the program will nullify the earning of the Advanced Technical Certificate in the discipline. Declared students will be eligible to enroll in the four didactic courses and two clinical courses.

  1. Get a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification.
  2. Go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  3. 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.
  4. Next input code UL37im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following:
    • Information Session confirmation email, signed
    • 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 student is not eligible to earn the Advanced Technical Certificate. An undeclared student is a registered or registry-eligible radiologic technologist who is pursuing ARRT post-primary credentials in Cardiac Interventional Radiography, is currently employed in the Cardiac Cath Lab, and would like ACC to provide them with the didactic, structured education requirements only to apply and prepare them for the ARRT-CI Exam. The undeclared student has made arrangements outside of ACC to meet the clinical requirements of the ARRT-CI application. The undeclared student will only enroll in the didactic courses. The ATC is only awarded to those who successfully complete both the didactic and clinical courses outlined in the Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Degree Plan through ACC. It is the sole responsibility of the undeclared student to ensure they meet all of the ARRT-CI requirements to apply for the ARRT- Cardiac Interventional Radiography registry exam.

  1. Undeclared applicants do not need to create a CastleBranch account.
  2. Complete the CI Undeclared Major form.

ALL Applicants:

  1. Print and fill out the Cardiovascular Interventional Technology application.
  2. 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
  • Resume

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 jrigsby@austincc.edu.

  • 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:

If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or lenloe@austincc.edu.

  • 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 Department Chair Jennifer Rigsby at jrigsby@austincc.edu 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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