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Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program (Minnesota)

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular invasive specialists in the operating room

Cardiovascular invasive specialist training at Mayo Clinic

The Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program at Mayo Clinic offers a comprehensive full-time 21-month program in cooperation with Rochester Community and Technical College. In this program, you will learn the technical skills and competence to assist physicians in performing diagnostic and therapeutic invasive cardiology procedures. 

Training at Mayo Clinic’s cutting-edge facilities gives you an advantage. As a learner at Mayo Clinic in a rapidly growing field, you’ll be the first to use technology that is not yet available elsewhere.   

The curriculum exposes you to a variety of roles within cardiovascular technology including the scrub tech, circulator, and monitor roles. Areas of study include interventional and invasive cardiology, electrophysiology (EP), and pacing. The ability to be cross-trained opens doors to different careers such as working in a stress-test facility or as an EKG tech or monitor technician. Additionally, the clinical curriculum is designed for students who may want to further their education in the future as a nurse or other health care professions such as a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, nurse anesthesia, or cardiac perfusionist.

Program highlights:

  • A curriculum that includes 18 months of classroom and lab education at Rochester Community and Technical College and Mayo Clinic
  • Four months of clinical training in the Mayo Clinic Cardiac Laboratory and an off-site four-month internship to put your new skills into action
  • A program that gives you the technical skills and competence necessary to complete cardiologic procedures carefully designed for career advancement

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. 

Jasmina Habibovic, R.C.I.S.

Student stories

My passion is patient care and cardiology is something I was always fascinated with. What makes this career exciting and satisfying is the variety of procedures, techniques, equipment, and technology used, as well as the different age groups of patients.

Jasmina Habibovic, R.C.I.S.
2017 graduate who now works as a cardiovascular invasive specialist at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
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Rochester, MN

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Explore what a cardiovascular invasive specialist does

Cardiovascular technologists who perform invasive procedures are called cardiovascular invasive specialists. Cardiovascular invasive specialists assist doctors in evaluating and intervening on patients with heart disease. They work in procedure rooms and hand off equipment to perform tests, monitor patient vitals, and inform the doctors of changes. They run diagnostic equipment and assist doctors with of the heart and structures around the heart, taking a close look at arteries that supply the heart with nutrients and oxygen. With those images, the care team can fix the heart and alleviate patient symptoms.

Accreditation information

The Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program at Mayo Clinic is an accredited training program.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Email : 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)
1449 Hill Street
Whitinsville, MA 01588
Phone: 978-456-5594

For further details, see the accreditation information for Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.