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CVT Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria/Process

All applicants must meet the Piedmont College general admission requirements as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. Acceptance from pre-cardiovascular technology into the Cardiovascular Technology Program is competitive and not guaranteed; the exact number of students admitted is determined by graduation and attrition rates. All students  must adhere to the program policies and procedures outlined in the university catalog, the Health Sciences Policy and Procedure Manual, and/or those distributed by program personnel. Formal application to the professional portion of the program is due February 28th of the student's junior (third) year on campus. The necessary forms are available on the Piedmont College website.
 
Prospective students must meet the minimum criteria listed below to be considered for admission to the program: 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

  • See General Education Requirements in the College Catalog (these apply to degree-seeking students only).
  • Separate application to the CVTE program
  • “C” or better on all prerequisite and required general education courses.
  • Only two lab science courses may be repeated one time; failure of more than two science courses or a second failure in any one science course results in ineligibility for admission to the program
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and earn a “C” or better in all Science (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS), Health Science (HSCS), and Cardiovascular Technology (CVTE) courses.
  • In instances where a course has been repeated for a higher grade, the higher grade will be counted only if the first grade is a “D” or “F.” If the initial grade was a “C” or higher, repeat grades will not be counted
  • Documentation to required for clinical placement (upload the following into the ACEMAPP system—username and password provided upon application to the program): 
    • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Proof of current health and accident insurance
    • Current physical examination by either a licensed physician or nurse practitioner
    • Proof of immunizations (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella) or appropriate titer to prove immunities
    • Proof of current tetanus, two-step PPD tuberculin test or chest x-ray results for converters, and hepatitis B vaccination (preferably two of the three injections completed)
    • Proof of current Basic Life Support CPR certification
    • Criminal background check and drug screen (completed through AdvantageStudents; instructions are on the application form)

Other important information regarding the application and admissions process: 

  • All students with complete applications will be granted an interview before the next semester’s registration period 
  • Interviewees will be ranked based on academic, personal, and professional qualifications and the top ranked applicants selected for program admission 
  • Final admission decisions will be made on the basis of academic, personal, and professional qualifications as evidenced by the student’s application materials, clinical performance, and interview responses. 
  • Students admitted into the program will be provided professional liability insurance coverage while completing assigned clinical experiences; this coverage does not extend to activities not directly related to completing course requirements.
  • Students who are not admitted may elect to apply again the following year or change to another major. 

Travel Requirements

The Cardiovascular Technology Program uses multiple clinical sites in and around the Gainesville/Cumming/Braselton area. Some of these agencies are outside the immediate campus area (up to 45-minute drive time). It is the student's responsibility to arrange transportation to all clinical sites while in the program. Clinical experiences can occur any time of the day and/or any day of the week. 

Health Form and Immunizations

As part of the application process, students must submit proof of a recent physical examination and record of immunizations that includes proof of HBV inoculation and a negative two-step TB skin test within the last 12 months. This examination must also include documentation by a licensed MD, PA, or NP of the student's ability to meet the program’s Technical Standards. Clinical sites may require other immunizations at any point in the curriculum, and it will be the student's responsibility to provide documentation as required.

Required Transcripts

All students must provide an official transcript with their application showing both the prerequisite courses as completed or in progress and GPA from all schools attended. 

CPR and AED Certification

Students must provide proof of current certification in BLS for Healthcare Provider as part of their application (American Red Cross or American Heart Association only).