20 Top Cardiovascular Technology Instructors

Want to assist during open-heart surgery or be involved in the insertion of a pacemaker? Of course, these are sophisticated procedures typically carried out by a cardiologist or other physician, but cardiovascular technologists (CVTs) may be right there in the room with them, providing sterile tools or needed monitoring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CVTs can be involved with a variety of responsibilities that range from analyzing diagnostic information to monitoring the performance of the heart or even doing cardiac catheterization. The field is expected to grow much faster than average from 2012 to 2022, and the demand for trained and well-educated cardiovascular technologists is expected to be very strong.  If you’re considering a career in cardiovascular technology, and wondering where and from whom you might learn to excel in the career, then look to these 20 top cardiovascular technology instructors, providing exceptional instruction and guidance to students to prepare them to enter one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare.

Jessica Smith

Central Georgia Technical College - Macon , Georgia

Jessica Smith is an instructor in the cardiovascular tech program at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia. She is a registered vascular specialist (RVS) and a registered cardiac sonographer (RCS). She has taught at the college for more than five years, building student’s skills in echocardiography and electrocardiography. She also has more than five years experience working at Henry Medical Center, specifically in echo and vascular ultrasound.

Christopher Jolly

Central Piedmont Community College - Charlotte , North Carolina

At Central Piedmont Community College, in Charlotte, N.C., students may be able to learn from Christopher Jolly, who is an instructor in the school’s CVT program. He is a fellow with the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (FSICP) and a cardiac rhythm device management specialist. He is also a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and a member with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). He has a master’s degree in distance education and teaches classes at the community college that include Introduction to Cardiovascular Technology, Cardiac Catheterization, and Electrocardiography.

Anthony Williams

Darton State College - Albany , Georgia

The CVT program at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia, is overseen by Anthony Williams, who is not only a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS), but also a Registered Nurse (RN). In addition to being the program director, he is also an assistant professor in CVT and has a bachelor’s of arts degree as well as a Master of Science in Management.

George Nelson

El Centro College, Dallas County Community College District - Dallas , Texas

George Nelson is both the coordinator of, and an instructor in, the invasive cardiovascular technology (ICVT) program at the Center for Allied Health and Nursing, El Centro College, Dallas County Community College District. He is credentialed as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). George, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health Studies from Ashford University (Clinton, IA), received his training in Cardiopulmonary Technology, through the military, at the USAF School of Health Care Sciences, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He was Honorably Discharged from active duty in 1982, after serving as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Cardiopulmonary Services at the USAF Regional Hospital, Langley AFB, Virginia. He has coordinated the ICVT program at El Centro College (ECC) since 2003. Prior to accepting the coordinator position at ECC, George served as a (full-time) staff technologist (also performing as the lead preceptor for the ECC ICVT students) in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH) in Dallas, Texas, where he continues to be on staff on PRN status . George is a member of the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP), where he holds Fellowship status (FSICP).   

Jeff Davis

Florida SouthWestern State College - Fort Myers , Florida

At Florida SouthWestern State College, in Fort Myers, Fla., Jeff Davis leads the cardiovascular technology program. He has worked at the school since 1991, and received and attended its respiratory care program there in the mid-1980s when the school was still known as Edison College. He is a fellow with the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) and a Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist as well as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He is also SICP’s representative to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

Vickie Delaney

Mercy College - Toledo , Ohio

Vickie Delaney oversees the cardiovascular tech program at Mercy College in Toledo, Ohio. She also served as an adjunct professor for 17 years at the University of Toledo, coming on board at Mercy College in 2011. She has experience in vascular technology, echocardiography, EKGs and medical assisting. She is a fellow with the American Society of Echocardiography, a registered vascular technologist, and a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer. Her master’s degree is in healthcare leadership, while her bachelor’s degree is in vocational education and her associate’s degree is in cardiovascular technology.

Paul Braum

NGHC School of Cardiovascular Technology - Gainesville , Georgia

Paul Braum leads the CVT program at NGHC School of Cardiovascular Technology, which is located at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. He is Registered in Invasive Cardiology (RCVT), Registered in Adult Echocardiography (RDCS) and Registered in Peripheral Vascular Testing (RVT). He is also a Fellow in the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE). His work experience in cardiovascular non-invasive techniques spans more than 35 years. He has served as Chief of Pediatric Echocardiography at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Penn., and was a senior technologist for Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. He has written several articles that have been published in scientific journals, according to the school website.

Connie Marshall

Northeast State Community College - Blountville , Tennessee

Connie Marshall is an associate professor and the program director of the cardiovascular technology program at Northeast State Community College, located in Blountville, Tenn. She joined the school staff in 1999, and has her associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Additionally, she is certified as a radiologic technologist in Radiography (RT(R)), as well as a Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist (RCIS).

Robert Peters

Northland Community and Technical College - Grand Forks , North Dakota

Robert Peters is an instructor in invasive cardiac technology at Northland Community and Technical College, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Interestingly, he completed his associate degree in cardiovascular technology at the very same school at which he is now instructing and acting as CVT program director. He also has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in kinesiology. Additionally, he worked as a Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist (RCIS) for Altru Health System for two years.

Ricky Stevens

Ricky Stevens

Northwest Mississippi Community College - Senatobia , Mississippi

Ricky Stevens is the director of the cardiovascular tech program at Northwest Mississippi Community College, at which he has been employed since 2006. He teaches students in invasive cardiology tech, but has professional experience outside of the school that includes being a patient care coordinator and clinical nursing supervisor. He is a registered nurse (RN), and has a master’s degree in history.

Scott Lovett

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City , Oklahoma

Scott Lovett is the department head of the cardiovascular technology department at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. He has multiple credentials, including Registered Peripheral Vascular Testing (RVT) and Registered Adult Echocardiography (RDCS). He is also a radiologic technologist in Radiography (RT(R)), and has his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

Barry Canaday

Oregon Tech - Klamath Falls , Oregon

At Oregon Tech, in Klamath Falls, students will find Barry Canaday, an assistant professor and program director of echocardiography. He has his RN license and also a Master of Science degree in biology, but graduated with an associate of applied science degree in 1992 in non-invasive cardiovascular technology. He joined the staff at Oregon Tech in 2009, but has also worked as a cardiac sonographer or lead cardiac sonographer in numerous working environments. His credentials include RDCS and RCS registry in Adult Echocardiography.

Thomas O’Brien

Remington College - Fort Worth , Texas

Thomas O’Brien is the chair of the Allied Health Department at Remington College in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT), a Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) and a Registered Medical Assistant, as well as co-author of the book “Electrocardiography for Healthcare Professionals.” He has extensive involvement with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), working to write questions for the exam, or more recently, serving as the exam chair. He received much of his healthcare training through the Air Force, and served as a medical technologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1980 to 1984.

Erik Hushelpeck

Santa Fe College - Gainesville , Florida

joined the CVT staff at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., in 2004 and is a full-time instructor in cardiac catheterization there, as well as a co-instructor in cardiac electrophysiology. He is a fellow with the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) and has been deeply involved with Cardiovascular Credentialing International’s Invasive Registry Exam Committee, including as the exam chair for six years. He is both a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and a Registered Cardiac Electrophysiologic Specialist (RCES).

Dr. Megan Hunsinger

Sentara College of Health Sciences - Chesapeake , Virginia

Dr. Megan Hunsinger is the program director of the cardiovascular tech program at Sentara College of Health Sciences in Chesapeake, Va. Although her doctoral degree is in educational leadership and management, she has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree focused on exercise science. A few years after obtaining these degrees, she then completed the program at Sentara College to become a cardiovascular technologist. She is now a Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and a Registered Cardiac Electrophysiologic specialist (RCES), as well as a member of the Society for Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) and Heart Rhythm Society.

Patrick Hoier

Southeast Tech - Sioux Falls , South Dakota

Patrick, an instructor at Southeast Tech, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has credentials including Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and Registered Cardiovascular Specialist Assistant and is a fellow with the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP). A former student of the school, he returned to Southeast Tech in 2006 to become director of the program from which he graduated. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Allied Health and is also working toward completion of a master’s degree.

Darren Powell

Spokane Community College - Spokane , Washington

Darren Powell is employed at Spokane Community College, in Washington state, as a tenured faculty member in invasive cardiac technology. He is a fellow with the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) and a Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist (RCIS). In 1982, he obtained a dual associate degree in invasive cardiovascular technology and echocardiography at the very same community college where he is now tenured, reports the SICP website. He has been involved in public speaking about cardiovascular technology and has been published twice in the Cath Lab Digest.

Janel Negus

St. Cloud Technical and Community College - St. Cloud , Minnesota

Janel Negus is the program director of and instructor in the cardiovascular tech program at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, in St. Cloud, Minn. She teaches classes such as Catheterization Fundamentals and Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology, and was formerly a clinical instructor at St. Jude Medical in St. Paul, Minn. She is also a Registered Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES), and has her MBA, a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and an AAS degree in Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Technology.

Polly Keller

Valencia Community College - Orlando , Florida

Polly Keller has worked at Valencia Community College, in Orlando, Florida, since 1995, giving her 20 years of experience in the school’s Cardiovascular Technology program. She has been featured in the school newspaper, through an article called “They’re All Heart,” that reports about the school’s CVT program and about how she pushes students to work hard and stay focused in the school’s cardiac catheterization classroom. She has her MBA and is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) as well as a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Methodology

The college professors and directors on this list were selected for their professionalism, commitment to education and desire to help students succeed. There are certainly many additional professionals who work in college cardiovascular tech programs that could qualify for inclusion. That said, a few of the criteria used to guide selection include:

Time on the job: Erik Hushelpeck, for example, graduated from a cardiovascular tech training program in 1998, giving him 17 years of experience in the field, while Barry Canady has been working in the field since his graduation from an AAS program in 1992.

Certification:Many of the professionals on this list have received certification through an organization such as the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, or other certifying organization, showing they have commitment to their profession and a form of evidence for their skills.

Professional experience: Knowledge about expectations on the job can certainly help instructors provide more targeted and specific instruction. That’s why many of the professors on this list have experience outside of their school, allowing them to bring an added level of insight to their students.

Barry Franklin
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Barry is the Editor-in-Chief of MedicalTechnologySchools.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Previously, Barry served as a VP at a Silicon Valley software company. In addition to running editorial operations at Sechel, Barry also serves on the Board of Trustees at a local K-8 school, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also met his wife.