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Founded in 1993, The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) was formed with encouragement from The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) who recognized the need for a professional society to create and maintain professional standards, promote continuing education, and to act as an advocate for the non-physician members of the invasive cardiovascular care team.
Catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are staffed by allied health professionals from various disciplines. This diversity of disciplines and highly skilled professionals complements and strengthens the ability to provide a high standard of patient care. The SICP is an inclusive professional group, representing members of all these various disciplines.
The SICP recognized and endorses the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential, offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International, as the inclusive credential for invasive cardiovascular allied health professionals. The SICP believes that the RCIS examination represents the minimum knowledge base necessary for the allied health professional to effectively function in invasive cardiovascular laboratories. The SICP believes that the RCES examination represents the minimum knowledge base necessary for the allied health professional to effectively function in electrophysiolgoy laboratories.
The SICP offers continuing education in the form of RCIS and RCES Review Coursess to prepare allied health proffesionals in the registry exams.
The SICP recommends all cardiovascular technologist practice under the RCIS Code of Ethics.