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Cardiac Rhythm Device Technology Option Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Advanced Certificate 5330adcert

Overview

BCIT's Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences, Cardiac Rhythm Device (CRD) option, is the only program of its kind offered in North America. One of three options within the advanced certificate program, this specialized option provides professional development that will help you strengthen your current role and advance your career. To learn more about the other study options, visit the Cardiac Sciences department webpage.

We train allied health professionals to read and manage abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure using implanted devices such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of 1.5 years to complete
  • Distance and online learning format gives you flexibility to continue working as you study
  • One clinical experience in your workplace's cardiac device assessment lab
  • Take courses as you need, or enrol to complete the full certificate

Our program is flexible, hands-on, and tailored to the specific needs of the field. See Program Details to find out more.

Who it's for

This program is for allied health professionals skilled in electrocardiography (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 the technology and clinical science of cardiac rhythm devices

Does this sound like you? Visit Program Entry to find out more about BCIT's Cardiac Rhythm Device advanced certificate.

What grads can do

Enhance your expertise and offer more to patients and employers. Discover how our program can advance your career at Graduating and Jobs.

Program Entry

Application processing

This program is open to applications:

  • January 2nd* 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 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*):
    • CARD 3330 - Electrocardiography and Pacemakers (60%)
    • CARD 3360 - Cardiac Pharmacology (60%)
    • BHSC 3302 - Cardiac Pathophysiology (60%)

  • Letter of reference demonstrating minimum of two years recent clinical practice in cardiology/cardiac sciences with patient care experience.

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

*Please submit course outlines for any equivalent courses with your 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).

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 accepted 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: 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)

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.

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.

Courses

Program delivery

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

Note: Registration in individual theory courses is available for professional education or to meet employer requirements. However, completion of the theory courses does not indicate program admission. To complete the practicum and be awarded a credential, you must apply and be accepted to the program.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Theory Courses (15.0 credits) Credits
  CARD 4203 Concepts in Pacemakers 3.0
  CARD 5301 Concepts in Electrophysiology 3.0
  CARD 5302 Pacemaker/ICD Implant 3.0
  CARD 5303 Pacemaker/ICD Follow-up 3.0
  CARD 5304 Pacemaker/ICD Case Studies 3.0
 
2. Practicum (25.0 credits) Credits
  CARD 6352 Pacemaker Practicum 25.0
 
Total Credits: 40.0

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

This unique, distance education/guided-learning program combines theory and clinical experience in hospitals and pacemaker clinics. The program emphasizes theoretical and clinical application of electrophysiology, cardiac pathology, cardiac pharmacology, and cardiac physiology. In addition to the theoretical basis in the courses, the clinical practicum offers the opportunity to practice the fundamentals required to perform the following:

  • pacemaker/lead analysis on implant
  • cardiac device assessment and programming

Program length

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

Note: Registration in individual theory courses is available for professional education or to meet employer requirements. However, completion of the theory courses does not indicate program admission. To complete the practicum and be awarded a credential, you must apply and be accepted to the program.

Grading

A passing grade of 60% is required for all theory courses, with the exception of CARD 4203 which requires a passing grade of 70%. Clinical courses are graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory determined though a comprehensive clinical skills checklist.

Program structure

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

Credits
1. Theory Courses 15.0
2. Clinical Courses 25.0
  Total 40.0

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 (AP) mentor with proven experience and competence in the area of cardiac device follow-up and implantation.
The clinical practicum will be a minimum of 4.5 - 6 months (625 - 900 hours) of fulltime supervised instruction. During the training, the trainee should perform (hands-on) patient assessments and device programming, including measurement and interpretation on a minimum of 40 patients per month (two per day) observed and reviewed by the supervising physician or designated AP. Tertiary Care centre must provide:

  • 625 hrs and up to 900 if required supervised hands-on training
  • Minimum 40 patients per month observed and reviewed by the physician or designated AP
  • Lead analysis and monitoring at the time of implant of a minimum of 10 patients

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads move up

As the only cardiac rhythm device program in North America, our students get the best of BCIT – high-calibre applied learning with the latest technical knowledge and expertise.

Our program gives you flexibility to study at your pace, for your needs. Take courses as your workplace requires, or complete the advanced certificate to broaden your skills and open doors to new career opportunities.

Career opportunities

Pacemaker and cardiac rhythm device technologists work with many types of biomedical equipment to support a variety of cardiac patients. Working in hospitals and clinics, jobs start at approximately $34 per hour. Critical care nurses who complete this advanced certificate earn on average $8-10 more per hour.

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.

Examinations and FAQ


Can I register into individual theory courses without being admitted into the program?

Yes. Registration in individual theory courses is available for professional education or to satisfy employer requirements. Online theory courses are offered on a term by term basis, starting in September, January, and April each year.

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If I can sign up one course at a time, why do I have to apply?

Registration and completion of theory courses does not imply program admission. You cannot complete a clinical practicum, and you cannot graduate with a BCIT credential without being formally admitted to the program.

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Why do some courses require special approval?

Some courses, such as Clinical courses, are only available to students who have met the entrance requirements and have been selected for admission to the program.

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Will BCIT provide me with a clinical site?

No. BCIT will not find you a clinical site for your practicum. Applicants to the program must have a site sponsor in place and submit a signed Clinical Verification form with their application. All applicants must also have a minimum of 2 years recent clinical practice in Cardiology/Cardiac Sciences with patient care experience.

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How long does it take to complete the whole program?

If a student completed one theory course every term leading up to clinical, then the certificate would take two years to complete including the clinical practicum.

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How do examinations work for online theory courses?

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.

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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
  • Robert Gunn: Advisor and Part-time Instructor
  • Paul Purves: Advisor and Part-time Instructor

Advisory committee

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is under review.


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