Geneva’s Cardiovascular Science Program offers educational opportunities and training in invasive cardiology and electrophysiology at facilities located at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) near Washington, DC. The CVS Program has been accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) since 2000 and by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) since 2011.
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The IHVI is part of the Inova-Fairfax Hospital, an 833-bed nonprofit teaching facility located in Falls Church, Virginia, approximately 12 miles west of Washington, DC. The hospital offers a full range of cardiac services and has been nationally recognized for its programs in cardiac medicine. In particular, the IHVI cardiology unit recently ranked 21st out of 1500 hospitals nationally in the US News and World Report.
The IHVI opened in October 2004 and now houses the programs in cardiac medicine and our clinical training facilities. This is a state-of-the-art facility which consists of 11 cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories, 6 cardiovascular open surgery suites, and 156 telemetry beds. There is also a new classroom for academic instruction and student research area. The case load at Inova provides excellent clinical education opportunities. More than 10,000 patients are seen in the cardiac catheterization labs each year.
The program is geared to the training in the two major areas of invasive cardiology (which includes cardiac catheterization) and electrophysiology. Both the didactic and clinical coursework is delivered at the IHVI. The training is spread out over two years and a total of six semesters.
The first year of training (three semesters) provides the foundations of invasive cardiovascular science. This year focuses on both didactic and clinical exposure to diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations. Clinical rotations occur in the second and third semesters.
The second year of training (three semesters) focuses on Electrophysiology procedures, covering diagnostic and interventional techniques. The later semesters also provide courses on healthcare management, statistics, and ethics as well as clinical expertise and practices. A research project is completed at the beginning of the last semester.
Students may elect to do one or two years of training leading either to a certificate, BS, MS or combined BS/MS degree. The degree earned depends upon student background and whether they are matriculating at Geneva College or at another college. These include the following:
Students will sit for the appropriate registry exam to complete their training in cardiovascular technology. Those who complete the certificate or BS track of the program will sit for the RCIS exam. Students who complete the second year to earn their MS will sit for the RCES registry exam. These registry examinations and the credentials associated are the recognized professional registrations for this allied health field.
Geneva graduates pass the test for teacher certification in elementary education (Praxis II) at over a 99% rate in the first attempt–one of the highest pass rates in Pennsylvania.