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Cardiac Sciences (Electrophysiology Technology Option)

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

Overview

Electrophysiology Technology (EP) is one of three study options available in BCIT’s Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences program, and is the only one of its kind offered in North America. For more information on the other study options offered within the certificate, visit the Cardiac Sciences department page.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: online

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

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About the program

The Electrophysiology Technology (EP) program option gives allied health professionals with electrocardiography (ECG) experience the specialized expertise needed to work in electrophysiology laboratories. Using intracardiac catheter recordings, electrophysiology technologists analyze complex arrhythmia, heart block, and myocardial infarction.

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of 1.5 years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to learn at your pace
  • One clinical experience in your workplace’s electrophysiology lab
  • Take courses as you need, or enrol to complete the full certificate

Our grads get the skills they need to work in this highly unique field of cardiac care. See Program Details to find out more.

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 the mechanics and technology of the electrical activities of the heart

Ready to apply or looking for more information? Visit Entrance Requirements to learn more about requirements.

What grads can do

Our cardiac advanced certificates prepare you for work from day one. See Graduating and Jobs to learn what a future in electrophysiology technology looks like.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program Details

This unique, distance education/guided-learning program combines theory and clinical experience in the electrophysiology lab. The program emphasizes theoretical and clinical application of electrophysiology, cardiac pathology, cardiac pharmacology and cardiac physiology. In addition to the theoretical basis contained in the courses, the clinical practicum offers students the opportunity to practice the fundamentals required to perform the following:

  • diagnostic and therapeutic procedures during the EP study
  • pacemaker/lead analysis on implant

 

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads move up

Electrophysiology technology is a very specialized cardiac care field. Advance your career in cardiac care and strengthen your skill set to support patient care. Employers across Canada and the USA know our program delivers grads with the skills their organizations need.

Career opportunities

Use our courses to enhance your
knowledge and skills so you can better support cardiac care in your workplace. You can also complete the full advanced certificate to give you the expertise and résumé relevancy you need to move into electrophysiology technology positions.

Electrophysiology technologists work in hospitals with jobs starting 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, School of Health 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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