Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (ICVT) Essential Skills
A candidate for graduation from the ICVT program must demonstrate
the skills and abilities required to function as an ICVT and provide
for patient safety. These skills and abilities have been defined
by the national credentialing organization CCI. The following is
a representative list of these essential skills, with or without
accommodation, expected of students enrolled in the Invasive Cardiovascular
I. Communication Skills
- Effective verbal and nonverbal communication with patients,
physicians, nurses and other health professionals. For example:
- Reporting on patient progress/status.
- Instruction of patients for procedures/patient education.
- Effective, legibly written communication. For example:
- Progress notes in the patients' medical record.
- Documenting patient data on flow sheets and charts (entering
numbers in small boxes on department forms).
- Written case studies and reports.
- Basic computer skills. For example:
- Data entry pertaining to patient procedures.
- Order entry for department management.
II. Conceptual and Analytical Reasoning
- Apply didactic knowledge effectively in the clinical setting.
- Recognizing potential adverse effects of procedures and
responding with the appropriate intervention(s).
- Exercise good judgment in problem-solving.
III. Social Skills
- Demonstrates respect and caring for all patients.
- Demonstrates sensitive responses to patients in clinical settings.
- Interacts with peers, patients, staff and faculty in an emotionally
stable, professional and ethical manner.
- Respects diversity of cultures among clinical patients, college
personnel and peers.
- Demonstrates team approach in carrying out responsibilities
in all settings.
IV. Manual Dexterity and Motor Skills
- Demonstrate the ability to maintain aseptic and sterile techniques.
- scrub hands, don gloves, gown and mask.
- Demonstrate the ability to maintain aseptic technique while
- Adjust/fine tune analog, digital and computer-based controls
on electrical equipment.
V. Other Physical Skills
- Standing and walking for extended periods of time.
- Physically support an adult in a pivot transfer.
- Lift an adult in a two-person lift.
- Lift objects up to 30 pounds. For example: oxygen cylinders
up to size "E"; wear lead apron (approximately 10 lbs.) up to
one hour during procedures.
- Carry out emergency procedures such as CPR and patient evacuation.
VI. Observation and Sensory Skills.
- Demonstrate appropriate visual acuity. For example:
- Accurately interpret analog and digital gauges, monitors
and pressure manometers.
- Perform assessment of the patient (skin color, posture,
work of breathing, etc.)
- Calibrate monitoring devices.
- Demonstrate appropriate auditory acuity
- Recognizing and responding to alarms.
- Using stethoscope for blood pressure measurement .
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call or write to:
Director of Center for Access and Assistive Technology
Hudson Valley Community College
Campus Center 112
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
T.D.D. (518) 629-7596
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