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Course details

A comprehensive practicum in cardiac rhythm device implantation and follow-up at an approved cardiac pacemaker implantation centre. Students will spend a minimum of 625 hours (18 weeks) at the clinical site, first observing and subsequently learning and refining their skills in patient assessment, device performance evaluation and programming. Students will log their experiences assessing and programming a variety of single chamber and dual chamber pacemaker/ICD devices. Specific goals of consistency in competency requirements must be met before the student completes the practicum. More generic skills such as computer skills, teamwork, communication, problem solving and patient care are woven throughout the course.






Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of CARD 6352 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 35700


Tue Sep 06 - Tue Sep 05 (18 weeks)

  • 18 weeks
  • CRN 35700
  • $1099.66
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Sep 05 N/A N/A Other

Robin Wolfe

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Clinical lab format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Clinical placement must be completed in order for students to graduate with an Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences - Cardiac Rhythm Device Technology Option. Clinical applications must be submitted to the Clinical Coordinator for approval before the required deadline.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Cardiac Rhythm Device procedures:

  • Successfully interpret pacemaker/ICD device data for at least 60 patients (of the 60 cases, 10 are observed, 20 are assisted, and 30 are performed independently).
  • Perform direct programming of pacemaker/ICD for at least 60 patients (of the 60 cases, 10 are observed, 20 are assisted, and 30 are performed independently).
  • Successfully interpret at least 30 intracardiac EGM tracings.
  • Perform at least 15 lead testing and monitoring during pacemaker/ICD implant (of the 15 cases, 5 are observed, 5 are assisted, and 5 are performed independently).

General clinical skills:

  • Recognize abnormalities and correlate information obtained from the device analysis with other clinical data.
  • Take patient history.
  • Document care delivery.
  • Perform physical assessment of patient.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient records.
  • Maintain sterility, asepsis, and infection control.
  • Ensure safety and care of electrical equipment and connections to patient.
  • Exercise independent judgement, problem-solving skills, application of knowledge of cardiac rhythm management.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and staff.

Effective as of Winter 2016

Related Programs

Pacemaker Practicum (CARD 6352) 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


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