In 1968, the National Society of Cardiopulmonary Technology (NSCPT) was formed. The NSCPT was a professional society that also administered credentialing examinations. NSCPT had a Board of Schools and an examination committee. At that time the credential was RCPT (Registered Cardiopulmonary Technologist).
In 1977, the first noninvasive (echo) examination was offered by the NSCPT in addition to the cardiac cath exam. Individuals earned the Registered Cardiovascular Technician (RCVT) credential. The next year the NSCPT divested itself of the credential and the National Board for Cardiopulmonary Credentialing (NBCPC) was formed.
1981 was when the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Medical Education (CME) officially recognized cardiovascular technology as an allied health profession. Then, in 1984 the National Alliance of Cardiovascular Technologist (NACT), and the American Cardiology Technologists Association (ACTA) joined to form the National Board of Cardiovascular Technology (NBCVT).
Timeline of events:
1988 – The NBCVT changed its name to….Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)!
1990 – RCVT was changed to designate specialty the exam was obtained in:
RCS - Registered Cardiac Sonographer
RCIS - Registered Cardiac Invasive Specialist
RVS - Registered Vascular Specialist
2003 – CCI relocates headquarters to Raleigh, NC and the transition from a paper/pencil tests to Computer Based Testing (CBT) with Pearson VUE is completed.
2007 – CCI launches the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) credentialing program. The RCES program is the first single-examination format for a CCI Registry Level Examination
2008 - CCI’s RCES, RCIS, RCS and RVS credentialing programs become ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.
2009 – CCI launches the Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS) credentialing program and the Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS) credentialing program.