Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Diploma 530adiplt

Overview

Note: Applications are now being accepted for the January 2015 intake. The September 2014 intake is closed for aplications.

The BCIT Cardiology Technology Diploma is part of our comprehensive Cardiac Sciences program offerings. As an accredited program of the Canadian Medical Association and approved by the National Society of Cardiology Technologists, we offer a flexible, hands-on, and skills focused learning experience.

We train students to perform noninvasive diagnostic cardiology procedures, including electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, and exercise stress testing. Our graduates are in demand and have numerous employment opportunities.

About the program

  • Part-time or full-time Diploma program that takes three an average of years to complete
  • Online self-study means you take as many courses as you want and when you want to
  • Two clinical experiences in BC give you direct experience in the field 
  • Interactive online community provides support and collaboration 

We offer flexible learning so you can have the work-life balance you need to be successful. See Program Details to find out more about studying cardiology technology at BCIT.

Who it’s for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Have completed high school or higher level of education
  • Enjoy working directly with patients using a variety of technical equipment and computer programs
  • Are interested in working in a dynamic environment with a team or one-on-one 
  • Are Canadian residents

Thinking of applying? See Program Entry to discover if this program is right for you.

What grads can do

Our grads can start their careers as soon as they graduate. Some grads also move onto other advanced studies. Visit Graduating and Jobs and find out more about these opportunities.

Program Entry

Selection Process

Applications received are initially screened by a BCIT admissions officer who documents the receipt of an application form, original transcripts, and supporting materials.

The program head is notified via BCIT's document review system to assess all completed applications. Only applications and supporting documents submitted on or before the application deadline will be considered. Program applicant files are assessed based on completion, academic strength, and date received. Successful applicants are contacted by the admissions department to fill one of the program's available seats.

The total number of students accepted into the program varies from year to year, depending on the number of available clinical placements. The program works with approximately 30 affiliated clinical sites across the country, with approximately 40-45 available spots per year. This number is based on clinical site availability and is re-examined prior to each year through consultation with the clinical sites.

There are a limited number of clinical sites across the country. The department makes every attempt to place a student at a clinical site close to their home. However, this is not always possible. Relocation to another city or province may be required for the clinical practicum.


Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience
  • Post-secondary academic courses*

Applications will be accepted as follows:

  • Winter (January) intake: June 1st** – October 1st
  • Fall (September) intake: November 1st** – April 15th

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

**or next business day

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

Step 1: Entrance requirements

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (73%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (73%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Biology 12 (67%) or BHSC 0100 or equivalent*

  • Chemistry 11 (67%)

  • Physics: one of the following:

    • Physics 11 (67%) or
    • Applied Physics 12 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:

    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (67%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (50%) coupled with Calculus 12 (50%)

  • Criminal Record Check [PDF]

  • Completion of the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

* Biology: BCIT assesses, on an individual basis, the acceptability of Biology prerequisites for applicants who have successfully completed Human Biology courses at a post-secondary level. The Human Biology equivalent courses must include the following course content: cytology, the structure and function of the following organ systems: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, renal/urinary and reproductive.

Biology courses should have been successfully completed within the past five years and meet the percentage required for this program. BHSC 0012 - Biology 12 Challenge Exam is acceptable for applicants who do not meet the five year recency requirement.

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Total number of students accepted into the program varies from year to year depending on number of available clinical spots. The Program works with approximately 30 affiliated clinical sites across the country each year.

***Please note: There are a limited number of clinical sites across the country. The department makes every attempt to place a student at a clinical site close their home however this is not always possible. Re-location to another city or province may be required for clinical practicums.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

  • All students are required to complete a criminal record check as part of the admissions process.

  • Immunization. Students will be required to provide a current immunization record prior to entrance into the clinical practicum. Necessary forms will be provided by BCIT's program area as part of the Practicum Application.

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

For the Respirator Fit Testing, fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed, in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit Testing must also include, inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

Recommended for success

  • Computer skills/knowledge of Windows Operating Systems, MS Word, Excel and Internet Explorer

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September and January each year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Graduates of the BCIT Cardiology Technology Certificate program and other Cardiology/Cardiovascular Technology programs are eligible for PLAR into the Diploma Program. The following is required:

  • Proof of certificate from BCIT or credential from other related program with unofficial transcript detailing all courses completed
  • Meet all the above listed entrance requirements in Step 1 above
  • Once accepted, completion of remainder of the program's required courses, listed in the program matrix as determined by the department PLAR

Graduates of other Cardiology Technology programs may also be eligible for PLAR into the Diploma program but must meet all of the above program entrance requirements (Biology 12, Chemistry 11, English 12, Math 12, Physics 11), the additional requirements, as well as:

  • Proof of certificate in Cardiology Technology
  • Copy of current registration and membership with the CSCT
  • Letter of Verification of Current Employment (within Cardiology Technology)
  • Once accepted, completion of remainder of the program's required courses listed in the program matrix (determined through PLAR)

Transfer Credit
To apply for theory course transfer credit, fax a completed Transfer Credit Form [PDF] to Cardiac Sciences: 604-434-3261. Attach your official transcripts along with the course outline of each course for which you are requesting a transfer credit review. Transfer credit is not generally recommended if the course was taken more than five years ago. If courses are in excess of 5 years, see challenge option.

The Admissions transfer credit web pages provide further information on PLAR and transfer credit.

Challenge Exams
Challenge courses are available to those with proof of past course credit that may be older than 5 years and current experience. BCIT offers challenge courses for the following courses: BHSC 1119, BHSC 1146, BHSC 2219, BMET 1107, CARD 1103, CARD 1186, CARD 1187 and CARD 2201.

Compressed Time Frame (CTF)
Compressed time frame for the Clinical Practicum is available on an individual basis for those having relevant background, knowledge and skills. This may require an assessment of the specific skills and knowledge. This is facilitated through the Clinical Coordinator of the program.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Books and supplies

Face respirator fit testing: approx $40.00 per year (annual re-fitting required.)

Immunization review available at Health Services for $35.00 (including TB skin testing.)

CPR C required annually at approximately $50.00.

Courses

Program delivery

Academic Courses

This is a distance and online learning program with all courses offered in the BCIT online delivery system (D2L). It is strongly recommended that students are comfortable with computers and technology as well as have excellent time management skills in order to be successful in the program.

There are three 12-week terms of study during the academic year (September, January and April). Students may take part-time or full-time course loads. Accepted students are required to complete courses during those 12 week terms facilitated by course instructors.

Clinical Courses

There are two clinical rotations in the Cardiology Diploma program: CARD 3252 and CARD 4252.

As a part-time study student, you may decide to take varying course loads. Clinical rotations are scheduled to start twice a year. CARD 3252 starts in May and September of each year. CARD 4252 starts in April and September of each year. Students are required to plan course loads accordingly to line up with clinical entry times.

Clinical placement will take place on a first come first serve basis. The department works to place students close to home, however, students may be required to relocate at the students expense

Program matrix

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Term 1 Credits
  BHSC 1119 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 3.0
  BMET 1107 Basic Cardiac Instrumentation and Electricity 3.0
  CARD 1101 Introduction to Cardiology 5.0
  CARD 1103 Medical Terminology 1.5
  CARD 1285 Communication for Allied Health Professionals 3.0
  NMED 1117 Basic Venipuncture for Allied Health Professionals 1.0
 
Term 2 Credits
  BHSC 1146 Human Behaviour 3.0
  BHSC 2219 Anatomy and Physiology for Cardiology 3.0
  CARD 1186 Patient Care for Allied Health 4.0
  CARD 2201 ECG Interpretation 5.0
  CARD 2202 Cardiology Diagnostic Testing Methodology 3.0
 
Term 3 Credits
  CARD 3251 Cardiology Technology Diploma Workshop* 3.0
  CARD 3252 Cardiology Technology Diploma Clinical 1 15.0
 
Term 4 Credits
  BHSC 3302 Cardiac Pathophysiology 5.0
  CARD 1187 Introductory Statistics for Health 3.0
  CARD 3330 Electrocardiography and Pacemakers 4.0
  CARD 3360 Cardiac Pharmacology 3.0
  CARD 3365 Interprofessional Practice for Cardiac Sciences 3.0
 
Term 5 Credits
  CARD 3205 Introduction to Health Informatics 3.0
  CARD 3280 Introduction to Cardiac Rehabilitation 3.0
  CARD 4201 Concepts in Ambulatory ECG 3.0
  CARD 4202 Concepts in Exercise Tolerance Testing 3.0
  CARD 4203 Concepts in Pacemakers 3.0
 
Term 6 Credits
  CARD 4252 Cardiology Clinical 2 27.0
 
Total Credits: 112.5

Check current availability of courses for this program.

* Denotes courses that must be completed onsite at the Burnaby Campus

The program matrix is listed in alphabetical order. Students must ensure they follow the recommended course matrix provided upon being admitted to the program or prerequisites listed in each course description.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program Aim

To prepare job-ready graduates in the area of cardiology technology, as defined by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists national occupational competency profile and industry requirements.

Program Goals

The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and clinical application of electrocardiography, ambulatory monitoring, cardiac pathology, pharmacology, physiology, patient care, and human behavior. Graduates will leave with the skills to conduct the required non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures in electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, exercise stress testing, and other advanced diagnostic procedures related to the job.

The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide industry with qualified graduates in appropriate numbers each year who possess the required entry-level skills for practice and who endorse the concept of continual learning throughout their careers.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • interact with patients, their families, and clinical staff in a professional manner;
  • communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in the clinical environment;
  • perform independently and as part of a team;
  • maintain a safe environment for self, co-workers, patients, and their families;
  • demonstrate competency in all required diagnostic cardiac procedures and knowledge areas, as outlined by the CSCT national profile including Cardiac Procedures, Patient Care, Patient Care and Foundational Knowledge;
  • integrate academic knowledge with clinical practice to best resolve the clinical question in each patient situation;
  • understand related concepts in technology and information management; and
  • endorse the concept of continual learning through their careers.


Program length

Program length can vary depending on whether you choose to take the theory courses on a part-time or full-time schedule:

  • Part-time (9 credits per term): approximately two to three years to complete, with a maximum of three years to complete.

  • Full-time (12 to 18 credits per term): approximately two years to complete, with a maximum of up to three years to complete.

Grading

Examinations

All students who live in the lower mainland of Vancouver and areas as far north as Squamish and as far east as Abottsford are required to write scheduled exams on campus in our exam center. Students outside this area and out of province will work with the program to acquire an approved proctor. Please refer to the SoHS Student Handbook [PDF] for further details.

For a list of Examination Centres in Canada, please see the Athabasca University Invigilation Network.

Continue your education

Graduates of the Cardiology Technology Diploma are eligible for the Advanced Specialty Certificate in Cardiac Sciences in the following areas:

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates get work

Cardiology technologist jobs are in demand across Canada. Employers know to expect the best education from our grads because they leave our program ready to be an active member of the cardiac care team.

Career opportunities

Careers often start with casual employment and salaries starting at $28 an hour. Positions can be found in:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical labs
  • Cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • Medical device companies

Keep learning

Once you have worked two years in cardiology technology, you can specialize by completing one of our unique, sought-after advanced certificates in electrophysiology, cardiovascular technology, or cardiac rhythm devices.

See what our grads are saying. View the most recent post-grad survey.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

Registration

The program is associated with the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT).

Continuing Education Credits for registered CSCT members
The CSCT has approved BCIT Cardiology Technology Diploma theory courses for CSCT continuing education units:
2 credits = 12 units
3 credits = 18 units
5 credits = 30 units

Clinical Sites

Below is a list of partner sites with which the BCIT Cardiology program currently has affiliation agreements approved by the Canadian Medical Association.

Insurance

Please Note: Students who have a clinical location outside of BC will be responsible for their own liability insurance while attending their clinical practicum. WorkSafeBC will only cover students in clinical placements in BC. Please contact the workplace coverage in your respective province for details.

Clinical sites:

  • AHS-Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary
  • AHS-Peter Lougheed Centre, Calgary
  • AHS-Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Red Deer
  • AHS-Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary
  • AHS-Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton
  • AHS-University of Alberta Hospital and Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton
  • Covenant Health, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Edmonton
  • Eastern Health Authority, General Hospital Health Sciences Centre, St. John's
  • Fraser Health Authority, Burnaby Hospital, Burnaby
  • Fraser Health Authority, Chilliwack General Hospital, Chilliwack
  • Fraser Health Authority, Langley Memorial Hospital, Langley
  • Fraser Health Authority, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster
  • Fraser Health Authority, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey
  • Hôpital St-Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg
  • Interior Health Authority, Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
  • Interior Health Authority, Penticton Regional Hospital, Penticton
  • Interior Health Authority, Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops
  • Providence Health Care, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
  • Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver
  • Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Infirmary, Halifax
  • Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Regina General Hospital, Regina
  • Réseau de santé Horizon Health Network, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John
  • Saskatoon Health Region, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Richmond Hospital, Richmond
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, University of British Columbia Hospital, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority, Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Nanaimo
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria
  • WRHA, Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Del Arnold,, Alberta Health Services
  • Andrea Burns, Voting alumni nominee
  • Jean Carne, Providence Health
  • Rob Gunn, Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Carol Laberge, Interior Health - Kelowna General Hospital
  • Keith Hurt, UBC - Cardiology Lab
  • Bonnie McKechnie, Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Dr. Frank Tyers, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Mr. Jeff Scarborough, Medtronic of Canada Ltd
  • Pat Wrigley, Fraser Health Authority
  • Michelle Yee, Regina Qu'Apelle Health Region

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