To apply to the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program, you must have:
- A high school diploma (equivalent acceptable) or be a high school senior who expects to graduate by the time the program begins.
- Basic computer competence and keyboarding skills.
- High school biology, chemistry and physics, or college transfer equivalents.
- High school Algebra II or completion of RCTC Math 0099 or the equivalent.
- Graduated in the upper one-half of the high school graduating class with a 2.7 GPA or better. The science and math prerequisites must be taken within five years prior to application.
- College-level reading and writing readiness, as tested by ASAP or prior college course work.
- Proof of completion of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course prior to beginning CVIS 1010. Must be current through the American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
Modern allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills, and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best possible healthcare practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs in the school is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:
- Critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.
In addition to the general standards described above, cardiovascular invasive specialists must be able to:
- Lift more than 20 pounds routinely.
- Work with their arms above their head routinely.
- Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely.
- Work standing on their feet 80 percent of the time.
- Work compassionately with patients.
- Help patients on and off the procedure room tables from wheelchairs or carts.
- Effectively write and speak to patients and staff.
- Hear and see clearly, differentiate colors
- Work effectively in a team setting.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or equivalent examination.
Applicants will be judged not only on their scholastic accomplishments, but also on their physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards which are deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the specific Program Director.
In addition to these general qualities, admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from each individual Program Director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with the following prevailing institutional policies and procedures:
- Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
- Background Study
- Drug Screen
- Health Insurance
- HIPAA, Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS Program in which you are offered admission.
Specific questions about these requirements may be directed to the school.
Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Students must maintain any grade of "C" or above in each core course in each element of their academic and clinical performance in each semester. For any deficiency, remediation may include independent course work, probation, or dismissal from the program.
Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.
Transfer student policy
Transfer students must submit a Minnesota College Admission Form, an official transcript of high school credits, and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Generally, courses from other colleges in which you have earned at least a grade of "C" will be accepted if those courses fit the program curriculum. Rochester Community and Technical College makes the final decision regarding which general education courses may be transferred to the Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist Program.