The Cardiology Technology Diploma at BCIT is part of the Cardiac Sciences department and is a fully-accredited program of the Canadian Medical Association. This program is also an approved educational program with the National Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT).
Our program is a distance and online education program, designed to fulfill the need for trained cardiology technologists skilled in a variety of non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures. Students are accepted from across Canada and may complete their clinical year in their home province.
Students have the ability to undertake academic courses in a part-time or a full-time capacity. However, prior to their clinical practicum, students are required to complete CARD 3251, ONSITE at the Burnaby Campus of BCIT. Both the clinical practicum course and the workshop course (CARD 3251) require full-time commitment from the student.
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.
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:
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.
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.
All students taking courses within the Cardiac Science Technologies programs who live within a reasonable driving distance of BCIT are required to take their exams at the BCIT Burnaby Campus Test Centre, NE1 Room 290/291. This includes areas as far north as Squamish and as far east as Abottsford. A seat will be automatically reserved for students who fall into this regional category. Attendance at each appointed exam date is mandatory.
This requirement is applicable to any student studying on a course-by-course basis or as part of continuing education, whether enrolled in the program or not.
All students who live outside of the Greater Vancouver region are responsible for securing a private proctor to supervise their exam writing.
For a list of Examination Centres in Canada, please see the Athabasca University Invigilation Network.
Below is a list of partner sites with which the BCIT Cardiology program currently has affiliation agreements approved by the Canadian Medical Association.
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.
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