RCIS: Cardiovascular Invasive (Cath Lab) Professional Certification Examination

Please note when preparing for the RCIS exam, there are two Examination Matrices listed below. One for exams administered before July 1, 2019 and one for exam administered on or after July 1, 2019.

The Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) examination is for professionals working in the area of cardiac catheterization. This computer based exam is administered at Pearson Professional Centers year-round based on availability at the test centers. To locate a test center click here.

The application fee for the RCIS examination is $365 USD. All exam fees include a $100 USD non-refundable examination filing fee for the staff resources required to review and process applications. {CLICK HERE for Refund and Cancellation Policy}

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ ALL THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HERE BEFORE COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.

Qualification Requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a high school diploma or general education diploma at the time of application.
  2. Fulfill one (1) of the qualifications of the exam for which you are applying. See qualifications listed in the tables below.
  3. Provide typed documentation to support the qualification prerequisite under which you are applying. Required documentation for each qualification is listed below. CCI reserves the right to request additional information.
Qualification Prerequisite (All applicants must fulfill one of the following) Supporting Documentation

RCIS235-2013

A graduate of a diploma, associate, or baccalaureate academic program in health science (includes, but not limited to, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, or nursing)
AND
One year full-time work experience in invasive cardiovascular technology
AND
600* cardiac diagnostic/interventional procedures in their career which is defined as work experience and/or clinical experience gained during a formal educational program.

In the verification letter(s) the medical director(s) and/or program director(s) must confirm the number of studies performed during the applicant’s employment and/or during the academic program.

RCIS235-2013

Completion certificate and/or educational transcript
AND
Employment Verification Letter
AND
Clinical Experience Letter (only required for applicants submitting verification of the number of studies completed during a formal educational program)

RCIS5

A graduate of a NON-programmatically accredited program in invasive cardiovascular technology which has a minimum of one year of specialty training and includes a minimum of 800 clinical hours* in the specialty in which the examination is being requested.

IMPORTANT: If an individual’s clinical hours were completed after graduation or if the hours are not a requirement for their educational program, then those hours WOULD NOT count toward the 800-hour minimum under qualification RCIS5. All clinical hours must be earned in a setting in which patients are being tested or medically treated.

RCIS5

Completion certificate and/or educational transcript
AND
Student Verification Letter
AND
Clinical Verification Letter

Students applying to take examination prior to graduation will be required to submit this documentation

RCIS4

Applicant must be a graduate of a programmatically accredited program** in invasive cardiovascular technology.

RCIS4

Completion certificate and/or educational transcript
AND
Student Verification Letter

Students applying to take examination prior to graduation will be required to submit this documentation

* If an individual’s procedures were completed during a formal educational program, then those procedures completed WOULD count toward the minimum of 600 diagnostic/interventional procedures under qualification RCIS235-2013.

** An accredited program is accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), United States Department of Education (USDOE), or Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that specifically conducts programmatic accreditation for cardiovascular technology, diagnostic cardiac sonography, or vascular technology.

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