Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., has launched the first cardiovascular technology (CVT) graduate degree program in the U.S., offering students a master’s degree in cardiovascular sciences.
Geneva, through a partnership with INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., has offered a B.S. degree in CVT for the past 30 years. Students can now study a fifth year to earn their master’s in CVT. The program will launch this fall.
A major goal of the program is that the master’s student will become recognized as a ‘cardiologist's assistant’ much like the physician's assistant, according to David Essig, MD, CVT program coordinator.
Students earning a B.S. in CVT have “enjoyed a very high rate of job placement,” according to the college.
The new M.S. degree offers, for example, training in electrophysiology, considered by many to be the fastest-growing area in cardiology. Electrophysiological procedures are in high demand, yet there are no professional programs devoted to formal training in this area of CVT, according to the college.