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.
Our program is flexible, hands-on, and tailored to the specific needs of the field. See Program Details to find out more.
This program is for allied health professionals skilled in electrocardiography (ECG) interpretation, who have:
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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:
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.
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.
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.Top
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.Top
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.Top
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.Top
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.Top
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.Top
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