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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers the 21-month Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program in cooperation with Rochester Community and Technical College.

The Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program gives you the technical skills and competence to assist physicians in performing diagnostic and therapeutic invasive cardiology procedures.

Areas of study include:

  • Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and cardiovascular pathophysiology, which concentrate on the structures, functions and disease processes of the heart
  • Angiography and interventional cardiology, which concentrate on the coronary anatomy and treatment(s) for diseases of the heart
  • Electrophysiology and cardiac pacing, which concentrate on the cardiac electrical system and its diagnosis and treatment
  • Advanced cardiac assessments (such as hemodynamics, coronary physiology, cardiac valve study and congenital heart disease), which concentrate on in-depth cardiovascular anatomical and physiological data
  • Instrumentation, electronics and X-ray basics, which concentrate on the radiation and electrical processing and safety in the clinical cardiovascular laboratory setting


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Affiliated institution

The curriculum for the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program is taught in cooperation with Rochester Community and Technical College. The program requires full-time attendance.

For the first two semesters of the program, you take classes at Rochester Community and Technical College.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic's Cardiac Laboratory contains the most advanced diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular equipment. As a Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program student, you actively participate in procedures and treatment modalities using this equipment.

Graduation and certification

Upon graduating from the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Rochester Community and Technical College.


For the majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days five days a week.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits four to six students to the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program. Therefore, clinical training groups are small with one-on-one instruction provided. Class sizes at Rochester Community and Technical College vary by semester.

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