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Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Diploma 530adiplt

Overview

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

We train students to perform non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures, including electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, and exercise stress testing, as well as prepare them to understand advanced concepts in cardiac devices and electrophysiology.

About the program

  • Blended program delivery that includes online, BCIT lab and clinical rotations
  • Online theory course delivery with flexible course load from term to term
  • 26 weeks of clinical experiences at hospitals across Canada
  • Lab session that provides active practice and application on campus at BCIT

Study while you work, find the 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:
  • Students from all provinces across Canada able to complete clinical outside their home province
  • Students interested in working directly with patients at the bedside in a hospital environment
  • Motivated and independent learners able to complete online theory courses
  • Those able to work in a fast-paced, stressful environment with long periods of standing, walking, and multi-tasking
  • Those with excellent communication skills whether interacting with patients or a health care team

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. Graduates also have the opportunity to move on to advanced studies in Cardiac Sciences, or to complete a Bachelor in Health Sciences. Visit Graduating and Jobs and find out more about these opportunities.

Program Entry

Selection Process

Applications received are processed and screened by the admissions department.

  • The department only reviews complete applicants who meet all entrance requirements
  • Applicants are assessed based on academic strength of listed requirements and scoring of mandatory questionnaire
  • The total number of students accepted into the program each year varies according to industry needs and clinical site availability (average of 30)

Note:
BCIT arranges clinical training for the student. Students will be requested to provide their preferences for clinical placements, but there is no guarantee that they will be assigned to one of their preferences. Students can expect to complete a clinical practicum outside of their province.

Training sites are located all across Canada and students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and transportation. Note: Student learning during clinical training is supported by BCIT via Desire2Learn (D2L). Students will require internet access other than that at the clinical site.

Application processing

This program is open to applications:

  • November 1st* to April 15th* for the Fall (September) intake
  • June 1st* to October 1st* for the Winter (January) intake

*or next business day

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

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic strength in the academic entrance requirements
  • Scoring of the mandatory questionnaire
  • Post-secondary academic courses and/or related experience that demonstrate interest in Cardiac Sciences*

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

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • 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%)

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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 cytology and 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. Program applicant files are assessed based on completion, academic strength of listed entrance requirements and scoring of the mandatory questionnaire.

The 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.

Note: There are a limited number of clinical sites across the country. Relocation to another city or province is often required for clinical practicums.

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT you will be notified and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

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.

Note: CARD 3250, is a two week lab that must be completed on-campus at BCIT. Students are responsible for making travel and accommodation arrangements. Students may be required to relocate for one or both of the clinical rotations, local clinical rotations in a home town are not guaranteed.

  • 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.

Recommended for success

  • Computer skills/knowledge of Windows Operating Systems, MS Word, Excel and Internet Explorer
  • Ability to study independently in the online environment
  • Ability to work in high stress, fast paced clinical environments
  • Excellent communication skills and comfort with direct patient care

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit
The Admissions transfer credit web pages provide further information on PLAR and transfer credit. Please complete the full time Course Credit/Exemption form for individual course credit exemption on the Transfer Credit webpage..

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.

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View 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
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September and January each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

Most online courses require a textbook for reference. Bookstore fees change from term to term.

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 blended program with the online learning portion offered in the BCIT online delivery system (D2L). It is strongly recommended that students are comfortable with computers and technology and have excellent time management skills to be successful in the program.

There are three 12-week terms of study during the academic year (September, January and April) with milestones to meet each week. Each 3.0 credit course requires approximately 36 hours of commitment over the term. There is a requirement to complete courses during those 12 week terms facilitated by course instructors.

Students may take varying course loads in the theory portion of the program.

Clinical and Lab Courses

CARD 3250 is a two week pre-clinical lab that must be completed on-campus at BCIT prior to clinical start.

There are two clinical rotations in the Cardiology Diploma program: CARD 3252 and CARD 4252 that both take place in the hospital environment.. The clinical rotations must be completed full-time, Monday to Friday, daytime clinical site hours.

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 theory course loads accordingly to line up with clinical entry times.

Clinical placement is determined based on site availability and student academic course history. Placements are across Canada.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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 3250 Cardiology Technology Diploma Lab* 6.0
  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: 115.5

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

Students are responsible for following the course matrix provided, upon admission, in the Department Student Welcome Package as well as the prerequisites listed in each course description.

The Cardiology Diploma program theory courses are available for individual course registration for the purpose of continuing education credits/employment requirements (cardiology technologists, medical lab assistants, nurses and other allied health workers). To register, select the course from the matrix above.

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 graduates to work in the area of Cardiology Technology. The program works in collaboration with clinical partners to meet national standards and industry needs.

Program Goals

The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge applicable to clinical application of Cardiology Technology. Graduates will leave with the skills to conduct the required non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures in electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, exercise stress testing, as well as prepare them to understand advanced concepts in cardiac devices and electrophysiology.

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 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;
  • integrate academic knowledge with clinical practice;
  • understand related concepts in technology, information management and interprofessional care;
  • endorse the concept of continual learning through their careers.

Program length

Program length can vary depending on the number of theory courses taken each term:

  • 6 to 9 credits per term: approximately three to five years to complete

  • 12 to 18 credits per term: approximately two years to complete

Students are strongly recommended to complete all requirements within five years to be successful on the National Cardiology Technology exam.

Grading

Examinations

All students who live in the lower mainland of Vancouver and areas as far north as Squamish and as far east as Abbotsford 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 assistant to acquire an approved proctor site. 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 a recognized Cardiology Technology Diploma program with direct cardiac experience are eligible to apply to the Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences program 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 department's unique, sought-after Advanced Certificates options in Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Technology, or Cardiac Rhythm Devices. Also explore a Bachelor in Health Sciences through our partnership with Thompson Rivers University Open Learning. 

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may 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 it 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's Cardiology Technology Diploma theory courses for CSCT continuing education credits. Please visit the association website for updated details.

The Cardiology Diploma theory courses are available for individual course registration for the purpose of continuing education credits (technologists, nurses and other allied health areas). To register, view the program matrix and select the required course.

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