Cardiac and Vascular Imaging (CVI) — Certificate

Program director
J. Robert Cruise

Cardiac interventional (CI) and vascular interventional (VI) technologists work in a highly specialized field operating sophisticated imaging equipment. This technology provides detailed fluoroscopic images of the human body, assisting physicians with quality patient diagnosis and treatment.

The Cardiac and Vascular Imaging Program is a full-time, twelve-month certificate program that requires four quarters beginning in autumn. During the program, students take structured course work along with clinical instruction. There are no arrangements for part-time or evening status. Clinical sites are available in a variety of regions in Southern California. However, the University cannot guarantee that the student will be assigned close to his/her residence.

The program’s load requires 40 hours per week, which includes didactic and clinical experience. Clinical experience involves up to four eight-hour days per week. Classes require the student to be on campus.

Students will be required to submit current immunization records and undergo a background check during the registration process. Further details regarding these two requirements can be found in the Admission Policies and Information section of this CATALOG.  Students will be responsible for paying any fees associated with immunizations and background checks.

Loma Linda University and the Department of Radiation Technology cannot guarantee employment.

Program outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competency in cardiac interventional radiography and vascular interventional radiography.
  2. Demonstrate competency in advanced clinical life support (ACLS).
  3. Demonstrate effective communication in the health sciences.

The CVI student profile

  1. Is enthusiastic and interested in maintaining high standards of academics, clinical performance, and patient care.
  2. Possesses a broad knowledge of human anatomy and computer skills.
  3. Demonstrates strong academic performance in science and related courses.
  4. Is detail-oriented and able to work under pressure while demonstrating critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • Recommendations: meaningful recommendations must be from prior teachers, work supervisors, or health professionals who are knowledgeable about your qualifications
  • Current ARRT registry in Radiography (R)
  • Current California (CRT) license
  • Current BLS card with the American Heart Association
  • A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 maintained in all didactic and clinical course work
  • Venipuncture is highly recommended
  • 1 year of professional experience in imaging is highly recommended

An applicant who is completing a program in radiologic technology prior to the start of the program may apply as long as s/he has completed ARRT, CRT, and BLS requirements by the program start date.

Observation experience

A minimum of 8 hours of career observation in cardiac and/or vascular imaging is required. The career observation form is available as a download from the forms page on the Web site.

Application procedure

  1. Applications are accepted starting January of each year.
  2. Deadline for applications is May 31st
  3. Applicants should submit applications early as there are a limited number of slots available for interviews.


Cardiovascular and Interventional Program (CVI) interviews are conducted in June or July. All applicants will be interviewed by the program director and representatives of the School of Allied Health Professions. Applicants residing in southern California should plan for a personal interview on campus at Loma Linda. Applicants will be notified by phone and/or e-mail of their interview schedule. Applicants are rated in the following four areas:

  • Work experience or training background
  • Recommendations
  • Academic record
  • Communication skills, knowledge, motivation, etc.


After all applicants have been interviewed, the selection committee for the CVI Program meets to make the final selections. Selections are usually decided by the middle of July, and confirmation of each decision is mailed to the respective applicant from the Office of Admissions for the School of Allied Health Professions.

First Year
Autumn QuarterUnits
CEPT 245Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology3
CEPT 248Cardiovascular Patient Assessment2
CEPT 251Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition I2
CEPT 275Cardiovascular Pharmacology3
RTSI 345Cardiac/Interventional Procedures3
RTSI 975Cardiac/Interventional (CVI) Affiliation2.5
Winter Quarter
AHCJ 402Pathology I4
CEPT 252Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition II2
RTSI 344Interventional Pharmacology4
RTSI 9751Cardiac/Interventional (CVI) Affiliation10
Spring Quarter
RTSI 351Angio/Interventional Procedures I3
RTSI 356Vascular Anatomy and Physiology3
RTSI 9751Cardiac/Interventional (CVI) Affiliation10
Summer Quarter
REL_ 4__ Religion elective2
RTSI 358CVI Review Course2
RTSI 352Angio/Interventional Procedures II3
RTSI 9751Cardiac/Interventional (CVI) Affiliation10
 Total Units: 68.5

 Repeated registrations required to complete total units.  Students are only charged for 2 units per quarter.

RTSI 974 is an additional quarter of clinic available to students who have not met program requirements. This additional time will be at the discretion of the school or at the request of the student.