Cardiovascular Technology Option Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Advanced Certificate 5310adcert


Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the January 2017 intake will be accepted starting June 1, 2016.

Cardiovascular technology is one of three distinct program options offered by BCIT's Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences program. Cardiovascular technology is a rapidly changing field that offers a dynamic work environment in an innovative branch of cardiac care. For more information on the other study options offered within the program, visit the Cardiac Sciences department page.

There is a global need for cardiovascular technologists. We train allied health professionals from around the world on how to perform invasive exploratory heart procedures in the operating room. It’s a demanding job, and our graduates are ready.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of two years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to learn at your pace
  • Three clinical experiences in a BCIT-approved catheterization lab

This is the longest of our three cardiac advanced certificate options, with intense clinical experiences. See Program Details to learn more about the program structure.

Who it’s for

This program is for allied health professionals skilled in ECG interpretation who have:

  • A BSc or two-year health diploma in a related field
  • Two or more years of recent work experience as a cardiology/cardiovascular technologist or nurse in a cardiac setting
  • Completed required prerequisite courses
  • A site sponsor in place
  • An interest in performing cardiovascular catheterization procedures

Interested in specializing in this challenging and rewarding cardiac care field? See Program Entry to learn more about applying.

What grads can do

Our grads can study and become certified anywhere in the world. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about BCIT’s Cardiovascular Technology program.

Program Entry

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: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

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

*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:
  • Post-secondary education: one of the following:
    • Minimum two year allied health diploma
    • Relevant BSc.

  • Completion of the following courses* or equivalent:

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

  • Letter of reference demonstrating minimum of 2 years recent clinical practice in Cardiology/Cardiac Sciences with patient care experience.

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).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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.

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

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.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the January 2017 intake will be accepted starting June 1, 2016.

Scheduled intakes

September and January each year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Transfer Credit
To apply for theory course transfer credit, complete a Request for Transfer Credit Review and attach your official transcripts along with course outline of each course for which you are requesting a transfer credit review. Transfer credit is generally not recommended if the course was taken more than five years ago.

Compressed Time Frame (CTF)
BCIT offers Compressed Time Frame for clinical practicums on an individual basis, for those who have relevant background, knowledge and skills.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

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.


Program delivery

This is a distance education/guided learning program with D2L support.

Note: For access to these courses without credential for continuing education purposes, please complete a Special Approval Form [PDF] and submit to Cardiac Sciences prior to term start.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Theory Courses (16.0 credits) Credits
  CARD 3330 Electrocardiography and Pacemakers 4.0
  CARD 3365 Interprofessional Practice for Cardiac Sciences 3.0
  CARD 4330 Cardiac Catheterization: Principles and Practice 5.0
  CARD 4360 Interventional Cardiac Catheterization 2.0
  CARD 5301 Concepts in Electrophysiology 3.0
* 2. Clinical Courses (33.0 credits) Credits
  CARD 6331 Cardiovascular Clinical 1: Physiological Monitoring and Electronic Instrumentation 21.0
  CARD 6332 Cardiovascular Clinical 2: Surgical Scrub Technologist Techniques 6.0
  CARD 6333 Cardiovascular Clinical 3: Circulating Technologist Techniques 6.0
* The five (5) theory courses must be successfully completed prior to entry into the clinicals.
Total Credits: 50.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

The Cardiovascular Technology program is a post-diploma program, consisting of theory courses delivered distance and online and three clinical rotations performed in a BCIT approved catherterization lab. Upon successful completion of the Cardiovascular option, and with compliance with all CACPT by-laws, a graduate may apply to write the national registry examination of the Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists (CACPT). Successful completion of the CACPT registry examination allows the student to use the credential of Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologist-Cardiac or RCPT(C). Students not eligible for CACPT registry can apply to sit the cardiovascular invasive specialist exam of Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Successful completion of the CCI credentialing exam allows the student to use the credential of Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).

Program length

Courses within this program must be completed part-time as the courses have prerequisite completion requirements.

Program structure

The program is comprised of five (5) theory courses followed by three (3) clinical courses.

1. Theory Courses 16.0
2. Clinical Courses 33.0
  Total 49.0

Theory Courses

Courses are offered in succession and have prerequisite requirements before continuing to the next theory course.

Since enrolment in some courses may be limited, it is recommended that you register at least one month prior to the start of the term as not all courses are offered each term.

Clinical Practicum

The practicum must be supervised by a physician and associated professional mentor with proven experience and competence in the area of cardiovascular technology.

A 22 week full-time clinical rotation performed in a BCIT approved Cardiovascular Lab. The clinical practicum is designed to ensure students integrate and apply the theoretical knowledge presented in the theory courses. Students will gradually gain experience in assisting the Cardiologist to perform diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures and hemodynamic calculations, acquire clinical site-specific skills to perform hemodynamic monitoring, hemodynamic calculations, arrhythmia recognition, quality assurance and report generation on a variety of physiological monitoring systems.

Students will be taught to prepare and maintain a sterile field, prepare an operative site, identify and pass surgical instruments to the Cardiologist performing both diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures, assist in selection of surgical supplies for catheterization, the opening and passing of sterile supplies onto a sterile field, proper patient placement on the x-ray table, response to patient needs and delivery of patient teaching as it applies to Cardiovascular manoeuvres and testing.

Clinical Assessment (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory)

Evaluation by written and oral assessment will be conducted by the medical director or designate during and at the completion of the clinical period. The mentors (s) will provide a written assessment of the knowledge and skills of the trainee as well as certification of the number of procedures performed. Evaluation will be reviewed and signed off by the BCIT Clinical Instructor prior to final grade.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads move up

Whether you choose to complete the full advanced certificate or take courses as you and your employer need them, BCIT’s Cardiovascular Technology option prepares you to work in this fast-paced, technical field of cardiac care.

Career opportunities

Our individual courses can be used for professional development to enrich your current role. You can also complete the advanced certificate and transition to a career in cardiovascular technology.

Cardiovascular technologists work in hospital operating rooms with wages starting at approximately $34 per hour. Critical care nurses who complete this advanced certificate earn on average $8-10 more per hour.

Become certified

Canadian graduates can write the Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists (CACPT) exam and get their cardio-pulmonary technologist-cardiac (RCPT(C)) credential. International graduates can write the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) cardiovascular invasive specialist exam to earn a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist (RCIS) designation.

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.


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.

Please refer to the SoHS Student Handbook for further details [PDF]. Once a proctor is secured, students must formally book exams through the electronic exam booking system .

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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

  • Robin Wolfe:  Advanced Cardiac Sciences Specialty Instructor/Coordinator
  • Andrea Glew: Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Coordinator
  • Cindy Mazerolle: Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Program Head
  • Fiona Mitchell: Associate Dean, School of Health Diagnostics
  • Robert Gunn: Advisor and Part-time Instructor
  • Paul Purves: Advisor and Part-time Instructor

Advisory committee

  • Lisa Bergen, Manager Saskatoon Health Region
  • Kevin Green , Medtronic of Canada Ltd
  • Rob Gunn, Technologist Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Carol Laberge, Manager Interior Health - Kelowna General Hospital
  • Keith Hurt, UBC – Technologist VGH
  • Ashley Mattson, Chair
  • Bonnie McKechnie, Manager Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Dr. Frank Tyers, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Pat Wrigley, Manager Fraser Health Authority
  • Michelle Yee, Manager Regina Qu'Apelle Health Region

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