New Cardiac Interventional Radiography Specialist Certificate

Cardiac interventional radiography

By Brian Kleemann

College of DuPage is offering a new Cardiac Interventional Radiography Specialist (CIRS) certificate program this fall that prepares students to work in cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs.

Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the program will prepare specialists to meet new standards set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists effective Jan. 1, 2016. Gina Carrier, Program Coordinator of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging – Radiography program, said the new certificate is the first formal program of its kind in the state.

“Currently, most of the training is completed on site,” she said. “We were approached by our health care partners to create this certificate to better prepare students before they are hired.”

The program consists of three new courses totaling 7 credit hours: “Cardiac Interventional Procedures and Patent Care,” “Equipment and Instrumentation in Cardiac Interventional Radiography” and a clinical experience. Individuals who are ARRT certified in radiography as well as radiographers currently employed in a cardiac cath lab can earn the CIRS certificate, which is designed to be completed in one semester.

Carrier said a trained cardiac specialist have and expanded role with the cardiac team using sophisticated equipment to create images that help physicians diagnose cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease.

“Today’s equipment is more advanced than ever before, and it requires a high level of skill to operate it,” she said. “Employees with this certification will require less on-the-job training as they embark on their careers.”

For more information about the CIRS certificate program, call (630) 942-2434, (630) 942-2994 or email