Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive Admission Requirements

Start: Fall 2023 

Location: Moorhead campus

Round 1 application deadline: May 25, 2023
Round 2 application deadline: August 1, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. This program prepares the graduate to be a competent entry-level cardiovascular technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skill) and affective (behavior) learning domains for invasive cardiovascular technology. Students will learn to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac, peripheral vascular, neurovascular and electrophysiological conditions using current technology, physiological and diagnostic equipment, and therapeutic procedures.

Important information:

  • General education courses required for the Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive AAS degree may be completed at any of the M State campuses or online.
  • Students who are transferring in credits from another institution should allow up to six weeks for official transcript evaluation by M State.
  • Students who complete the M State application process and have graduated from high school or earned a GED certificate will be accepted to the college for general education courses. Acceptance to M State is not a guarantee of admission into the Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program. Admission to the program is based on the competitive eligibility admission criteria outlined below. 
  • Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive is a fall start only program.
  • There are 20 available seats for the fall 2023 Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program.
  • The 20 applicants with the highest number of GPA points in the prerequisite courses will be admitted to the program.
  • Students may apply before all prerequisite courses are complete, but applications will not be reviewed until all prerequisite coursework is complete with a grade of C or higher.
  • Program curriculum information can be found at

We are pleased you are considering M State and look forward to receiving your application. We strongly encourage you to discuss the admission and program requirements with one of our academic advisors: John Hest (students with last names A-I) at or Kristin Nelson (students with last names J-Z) at

Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive (CVRI) admission information: 

Apply to M State

To be considered for the CVRI program, students must be accepted to M State. The application for the CVRI program is separate, but both applications can be submitted at the same time.

New to M State - Follow the admissions checklist at

Returning to M State - Submit an online application for admission at If you have attended another college since you last attended M State, you will also need to request the official transcript be sent to the M State Processing Center.   

M State Processing Center
1414 College Way 
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Students should allow up to six weeks for transfer work to be received, evaluated and entered onto their Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) audit. Transfer courses will not count toward admission to the program until they have been evaluated by the M State transfer specialist and successfully transferred.

Current M State student - If you are currently attending M State, you will not need to update your application to the college. 

Apply to Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program 

The Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program application must be submitted for an applicant to be considered for the program. The eligibility criteria must be read and understood prior to applying.

Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive Program Application 

Placement testing

Applicants must complete all developmental English and/or math courses with a grade of C or higher. Placement in these courses may be determined by ACT, SAT, Accuplacer assessment or high school GPA. Guided self-placement for students who do not have an ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or high school GPA on file cannot be used for Cardiovascular Technology applicants.

Complete the Accuplacer assessment to determine which, if any, English and/or math developmental courses you need to complete. Sign up for the Accuplacer assessment at

Transfer students may not need to assess if they have already completed courses that satisfy developmental coursework requirements. 

High School status
High school graduates are encouraged to enroll in college general education courses while they pursue acceptance into the program. GED completers must supply the college with a GED transcript or certificate in order to gain acceptance.

Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive (CVRI) program eligibility criteria: 

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria. 

Prerequisite coursework requirements and GPA

Applicants must earn a C grade or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following program prerequisite courses:

  • BIOL 2260 Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture
  • BIOL 2261 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • BIOL 2267 Medical Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 2268 Medical Microbiology Lab*
  • CVRI 1100 Cardiovascular Technology Survey
  • COMM 1130 Small Group Communication
  • MATH 1114 College Algebra

All science courses must be completed within the last five years.

Math and English requirements

Students must complete MATH 1114 College Algebra with a grade of C or higher.

Reading scores on the Accuplacer/ACT or high school GPA must place the student into ENGL 1101 College Writing I. Students testing into developmental English must complete the course(s) with a grade of C or higher prior to starting the program.

Admission of students to the Cardiovascular Technology program: 

Applicants who meet all requirements for admission will have the greatest chance of being admitted into the program. Students are encouraged to submit the program application even if they are in the process of meeting all the requirements for admission to the program. Applications will be reviewed after prerequisite coursework is complete.

Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement in prerequisite coursework. Each prerequisite course is awarded points by the letter grade earned (A=4 pts, B=3 pts, C=2 pts).

If there are more applicants than seats available, applicants will be ranked by GPA points, and the top 20 will be admitted. If an applicant does not accept their seat, it will be offered to the first person on the wait list.

If seats are available after the application deadline review, a secondary deadline will be posted, and applications will be reviewed after summer term.

Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program application assessment (to be completed by the CVRI selection committee)

Acceptance notification: 

Each student who has submitted a complete admissions file by the posted deadline will receive an email from the college indicating whether he or she is accepted into the program, placed on the program waiting list or currently ineligible for the program. Please be sure to provide your current email address on your program application. 

Applicants will be notified within 30 days after the application deadline. 

Additional program requirements: 

Correspondence from the college will provide more information related to the following. However, program applicants are encouraged to consider these requirements ahead of time. 


Students must provide official documentation of American Heart Association BLS CPR/AED (Healthcare Providers) certification upon the start of CVRI 1100. Certification must stay current throughout the program. Students are to upload documents to the Student Passport system.

Minnesota Department of Human Services background study

Students will complete a Minnesota Department of Human Services background check the first day of CVRI 1100. The cost of the background study is included in the course fees and cannot be refunded if the course is dropped.

Accepted students who choose not to complete the background study or who do not clear may not be permitted to attend clinical experiences or service-learning opportunities. In such cases, the college cannot guarantee alternative learning opportunities, which ultimately will affect the students’ ability to complete the program. Students are to upload documents to the Student Passport system.

National Background Check

Students are required to have a cleared National Background Check during the first day of their CVRI 1100 course. This will need to be completed even if they have completed a National Background Check for employment. National Background Checks are completed through a third-party vendor. Instructions and codes will be provided via official M State email from Joel Hoffman. The cost of the background study is included in the course fees and cannot be refunded if the course is dropped.

Students who choose not to complete the background study or who do not clear may not be permitted to attend clinical experiences or service-learning opportunities. In such cases, the college cannot guarantee alternative learning opportunities, which ultimately will affect the students’ ability to complete the program. Students are to upload documents to the Student Passport system.

Health forms

Students are required to complete the Health Division Health Form two weeks prior to the start of CVRI 1100. Students are to upload documents to the Student Passport system.

Laptop computer

The Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive program requires students to have a laptop computer. The cost will be in addition to the cost of tuition, fees and books. The required computer specifications can be found at

Additional program requirements
  1. Purchase of program-specific uniform (one uniform is included in course fees, and additional sets are $100)
  2. Travel/relocation to clinical sites in the tri-state area
  3. Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification ($315)
Student Passport

Health forms, supporting documentation and American Heart Association BLS CPR/AED (Healthcare Providers) documentation are required to be uploaded to the Student Passport system. Information on Student Passport will be sent via M State email to all students enrolled in CVRI 1100.

If you experience any issues with the application, please call our Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email