Cardiovascular technology is one of three distinct program options offered by BCIT's Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences program. Cardiovascular technology is a rapidly changing field that offers a dynamic work environment in an innovative branch of cardiac care.
For more information on the other study options offered within the program, visit the Cardiac Sciences department page.
About the program
There is a global need for cardiovascular technologists. We train allied health professionals to perform invasive exploratory heart procedures in the operating room. It’s a demanding job, and our graduates are ready.
- Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of two years to complete
- Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to learn at your pace
- Three clinical experiences in a BCIT-approved catheterization lab
This is the longest of our three cardiac advanced certificate options, with intense clinical experiences. See Program Details to learn more about the program structure.
Who it’s for
This program is for allied health professionals skilled in 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 performing cardiovascular catheterization procedures
Interested in specializing in this challenging and rewarding cardiac care field? See Entrance Requirements to learn more about applying.
What grads can do
Our grads can study and become certified anywhere in the world. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about BCIT’s Cardiovascular Technology program.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
The Cardiovascular Technology program is a post-diploma program, consisting of theory courses delivered online, and three clinical rotations performed in a BCIT approved catherterization lab.
Upon successful completion of the Cardiovascular option, and with compliance with all CACPT by-laws, a graduate may apply to write the national registry examination of the Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists (CACPT). Successful completion of the CACPT registry examination allows the student to use the credential of Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologist-Cardiac or RCPT(C). Students not eligible for CACPT registry can apply to sit the cardiovascular invasive specialist exam of Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Successful completion of the CCI credentialing exam allows the student to use the credential of Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).
Our grads move up
Whether you choose to complete the full advanced certificate or take courses as you and your employer need them, BCIT’s Cardiovascular Technology option prepares you to work in this fast-paced, technical field of cardiac care.
Our individual courses can be used for professional development to enrich your current role. You can also complete the advanced certificate and transition to a career in cardiovascular technology.
Cardiovascular technologists work in hospital operating rooms with wages starting at approximately $34 per hour. Critical care nurses who complete this advanced certificate earn on average $8-10 more per hour.
Robin Wolfe, BHK, RCT
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Specialty Instructor/Coordinator
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Coordinator
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Program Head
Treena Cardiff, RN, MSN
Associate Dean, Diagnostics
Advisor and Part-time Instructor
- Can I register into individual theory courses without being admitted into the program?
- If I can sign up and take one course at a time, why do I have to apply?
- Why do some courses require special approval?
- Will BCIT provide me with a clinical site?
- How long does it take to complete the whole program?
- How do examinations work for online theory courses?
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 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.
For a list of Examination Centres in Canada, please see the Athabasca University Invigilation Network.
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