The BCIT Cardiology Technology Diploma is part of our comprehensive Cardiac Sciences department program offerings. As an accredited program, approved by the National Society of Cardiology Technologists, we offer a blended program, combining flexible online learning with a hands-on, skills-focused learning experience.
To learn more about the other study options, visit the Cardiac Sciences department webpage.
The BCIT Cardiology Technology program meet the competencies outlined in the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT) National Occupational Competency profile.
Program Goals for Graduates:
- Demonstrate competency in all required diagnostic cardiac procedures including ECG, ambulatory monitoring, exercise tolerance testing and operation of cardiology related equipment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cardiac implantable devices and electrophysiology testing as it relates to the non-invasive cardiology technology profession.
- Apply knowledge of medical terminology, cardiac anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology to practice.
- Apply knowledge of cardiac pharmacology relating to diagnostic procedures
- Provide safe, respectful and quality patient care while interacting with the interprofessional team including the patient, family members and healthcare professionals.
- Maintain patient confidentiality, privacy and ethical requirements of the healthcare field.
About the program
We train students to perform non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures, including electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, and exercise stress testing, as well as prepare them to understand advanced concepts in cardiac devices and electrophysiology.
- Blended program delivery that includes online, BCIT lab and clinical rotations
- Online theory course delivery with flexible course load from term to term
- 26 weeks of clinical experiences at hospitals across Canada
- Lab session that provides active practice and application on campus at BCIT
Study while you work, find the balance you need to be successful. See Program Details to find out more about studying cardiology technology at BCIT.
Who it’s for
This program is for:
- Students from all provinces across Canada able to complete clinical outside their home province
- Students interested in working directly with patients at the bedside in a hospital environment
- Motivated and independent learners able to complete online theory courses
- Those able to work in a fast-paced, stressful environment with long periods of standing, walking, and multi-tasking
- Those with excellent communication skills whether interacting with patients or a health care team
Thinking of applying? See Entrance Requirements to discover if this program is right for you.
What grads can do
Our grads can start their careers as soon as they graduate. Graduates also have the opportunity to move on to advanced studies in Cardiac Sciences, or to complete a Bachelor in Health Sciences. Visit Graduating and Jobs and find out more about these opportunities.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
For those not admitted to the program, taking individual course for the purpose of continuing education is available. No more than three courses may be taken without official acceptance into the program or Program Head approval. Registration for the lab (CARD 3250) and the clinical courses (CARD 3252 and CARD 4252) is not permitted without formally being admitted to the program. Please see the Entrance Requirements page for information on applying to this program.
BCIT arranges clinical training for the student. Students will be requested to provide their preferences for clinical placements, but there is no guarantee that they will be assigned to one of their preferences. Students can expect to complete a clinical practicum outside of their province.
Training sites are located all across Canada, and students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and transportation.
Note: Student learning during clinical training is supported by BCIT Learning Hub. Students will require internet access other than that at the clinical site.
The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge applicable to clinical application of Cardiology Technology. Graduates will leave with the skills to conduct the required non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures in electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, exercise stress testing, as well as prepare them to understand advanced concepts in cardiac devices and electrophysiology.
The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide industry with qualified graduates, in appropriate numbers each year, who possess the required entry-level skills for practice and endorse the concept of continual learning throughout their careers.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- interact with patients, their families, and clinical staff in a professional manner;
- communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in the clinical environment;
- perform independently and as part of a team;
- maintain a safe environment for self, co-workers, patients, and their families;
- demonstrate competency in all required diagnostic cardiac procedures and knowledge areas, as outlined by the CSCT national profile;
- integrate academic knowledge with clinical practice;
- understand related concepts in technology, information management and interprofessional care;
- endorse the concept of continual learning through their careers.
Careers often start with casual employment and salaries starting at $28 an hour. Positions can be found in:
- Medical labs
- Cardiac rehabilitation facilities
- Medical device companies
Once you have worked two years in cardiology technology, you can specialize by completing one of our department’s unique, sought-after Advanced Certificates options in Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Technology, or Cardiac Rhythm Devices. Also explore a Bachelor in Health Sciences through our partnership with Thompson Rivers University Open Learning.
- Can I register into individual theory courses without being admitted into the program?
- If I can sign up one course at a time, why do I have to apply?
- How can I make my application more competitive?
- What can I do to prepare myself for success in the selection process?
- I have met all prerequisites for the program. What post-secondary courses can you recommend to support my success
in the selection process and in the program?
- Can I apply for transfer credit for my college/university courses?
- What are the working conditions and physical requirements of a career as a Cardiology Technician?
- Where will my clinical placements be located?
- Am I responsible for costs throughout the clinical placement?
- How long is the program?
Can I register into individual theory courses without being admitted into the program?
Registration in most of the individual theory courses is available for professional education or to satisfy employer requirements. Please note: Students must be officially admitted to the program in order to undertake clinical placements and receive a BCIT credential. Taking several individual courses does not guarantee admission to the program. Online theory courses are offered on a term-by-term basis, starting in September, January, and April each year. Continuing Education credits are available to registered CSCT members who take BCIT Cardiology Technology Diploma courses.
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 participate in a clinical practicum or lab work, and you cannot graduate with a BCIT credential, without first being formally admitted to the program.
How can I make my application more competitive?
Admission to the program is highly competitive. In addition to completing all of the prerequisites, successful applicants typically have the following profile:
- Post-secondary education with a focus on human anatomy and physiology and/or health
- Competitive score on the required CASPer test
- Strong academic performance
- Job experience in a fast-paced customer, or patient care, related area
- Volunteering or work experience in a patient environment that includes hands-on physical care of elderly or ill patients/clients
- Demonstration of a clear understanding of the profession and the program
- Excellent communication skills
The questionnaire that is included with the application should exhibit thoughtful, articulate answers to all questions, as these are carefully reviewed in the selection of future students.
What can I do to prepare myself for success in the selection process?
The program looks for well-rounded individuals who will be successful as students and as future technologists. Ensure that you have researched what it means to be a Cardiology technologist and are aware of the scope of the work involved.
I have met all prerequisites for the program. What post-secondary courses can you recommend to
support my success in the selection process and in the program?
Post-secondary health-related courses in human anatomy and physiology, pathology and physics will strengthen your application and will support your overall success in the program.
Can I apply for transfer credit for my college/university courses?
Most courses in the Cardiology Technology Diploma are program-specific. If you are accepted into the program and believe that you have completed courses equivalent to BCIT courses, you may apply for individual transfer credit within the first two weeks of the program start.
What are the working conditions and physical requirements of a career as a Cardiology Technician?
Being a cardiology technician involves:
- Shift work, including work on weekends, holidays, and overtime
- Being able to work long hours standing and walking
- Direct patient contact with the sick, injured, and dying
- Confidence operating sophisticated health care technology
- Working cooperatively in an integrated health care team
Where will my clinical placements be located?
BCIT arranges clinical training for the students accepted to the program. Training sites are located all across Canada, not just in BC. Students will be asked to provide their preferences for clinical placement locations, but there is no guarantee that they will be assigned to one of their preferences.
Am I responsible for costs throughout the clinical placement?
You are responsible for all personal expenses, including food, accommodation, and transportation, throughout the clinical practicum. No stipend is available for any portion of this program.
How long is the program?
Program length varies depending on the number of online theory courses you complete successfully each term. It is possible to complete the whole program in two years; the maximum allowable time to complete is five years.
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