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Cardiac Sciences (Cardiac Rhythm Device Technology Option)

Advanced Certificate Part-time/Distance & Online Learning School of Health Sciences


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.

Program delivery mode: online

  • This program will be delivered online for the coming semester.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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About the program

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.

  • 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 Entrance Requirements 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.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


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

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Robin Wolfe, BHK, RCT
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Specialty Instructor/Coordinator

Andrea Glew
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Coordinator

Cindy Mazerolle, MBA, BScKin, RCTA
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Program Head

Treena Cardiff, RN, MSN
Associate Dean, Diagnostics

Robert Gunn
Advisor and Part-time Instructor

Paul Purves
Advisor and Part-time Instructor

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.


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.


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.


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 [PDF] with their application.

All applicants must also have a minimum of 2 years of recent clinical practice in Cardiology/Cardiac Sciences with patient care experience.


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.


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 [PDF] for further details. 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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