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Overview

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.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.

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

Program Aim

To prepare graduates to work in the area of Cardiology Technology. The program works in collaboration with clinical partners to meet the national occupational competency profile outlined by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists’ (CSCT).

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.

Entrance Requirements

CASPer Test

Applicants for the Fall 2021 intake must complete CASPer testing (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). Please continue to check the CASPer website for upcoming test dates. CASPer test results are valid for the entire school year which the test was completed (October to August). You only need to take CASPer once during this time.
Note: Last minute bookings are not recommended, register at least three days prior to your preferred test date.

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Important Information
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.

Program Details

Clinical Information

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.

Graduating & Jobs

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.

Career opportunities

Careers often start with casual employment and salaries starting at $28 an hour. Positions can be found in:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical labs
  • Cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • Medical device companies

Keep learning

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.

Cardiology FAQ

 

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.

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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 participate in a clinical practicum or lab work, and you cannot graduate with a BCIT credential, without first being formally admitted to the program.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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