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Concepts in Pacemakers CARD 4203

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This foundational course will introduce student to cardiac rhythm management device (CRMD) therapy. While this course will teach skills to interpret paced rhythms, it is expected that students already have a good understanding of electrocardiography (ECG), cardiac anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology, and a relatively good understanding of various cardiac arrhythmias, such as heart block, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia. General knowledge of pharmacology would also be an asset. This course will touch on the basic concepts of electricity as it relates CRMDs, system components and the principles behind pacing therapy. The course will discuss the indications for receiving a device, describe the implant procedure and the allied health professional's role in lead testing at implant. Time will be spent on learning basic timing cycles for purposes of interpretation and troubleshooting. CRMD follow-up both in-clinic and remotely will be discussed as well.​ Students not enrolled in Card Tech diploma program are permitted to register for this course without pre-req's.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of CARD 4203 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 31879


Tue Sep 05 - Fri Nov 24 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 31879
  • $670.54
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 05 - Nov 24 N/A N/A Distance

Robin Wolfe

Course outline




Important information
  1. Guided learning format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This online Learning Hub course is for students in the Cardiology Diploma, Cardiac Rhythm Device Technology Option or Electrophysiology Technology Option. Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisite courses are completed PRIOR to registration. See course description for a list of individual prerequisites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is available on an individual course basis for those who wish to take continuing education credits (Max 3 courses). Registration does not imply admission to the program. This course may be subject to cancellation if registration numbers are low.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain electrical concepts that can be used to identify cardiac rhythm management device (CRMD) issues.
  • Describe the principles of pacing stimulation and sensing.
  • Interpret electrograms (EGM) including intrinsic rhythms, paced rhythms and noise.
  • Identify implant indications for pacemakers, ICDs, CRTs, implantable loop recorders and temporary pacing.
  • Explain the intraoperative electrical evaluation of the implanted pacing system.
  • Describe CRMD follow-up procedures for both in-clinic patients and remote patients.
  • Recognize commonly used CRMD algorithms and apply them to device troubleshooting scenarios.​

Effective as of Winter 2023

Related Programs

Concepts in Pacemakers (CARD 4203) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Cardiac Sciences (Cardiac Rhythm Device Technology Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Cardiac Sciences (Electrophysiology Technology Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Cardiology Technology
    Diploma Part-time


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