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CARD 3280 - Introduction to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

This course provides an overview of cardiac rehabilitation, emphasising the concept of cardiac illness as a chronic disease. The goal is to equip students with the foundational knowledge and tools required to go on to a specialty study in the area of cardiac rehabilitation and become an integral member of the cardiac team. Emphasis is on risk factor management and especially moderate exercise as major components in the treatment of cardiac illness. Discussion will include issues related to teaching patients safe and effective cardiac rehabilitation, program standards and case studies. .


CARD 3252





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 31866

Tue Sep 04 - Fri Nov 23 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 04 - Nov 23 Distance


Sandra Gilmour

Course Outline




  1. Guided learning format.
  2. This online D2L course is for students in the Cardiology Diploma program. Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisite courses are completed PRIOR to registration. See course description for a list of individual prerequisites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is available on an individual course basis for those who wish to take continuing education credits. Registration does not imply admission to the program. This course may be subject to cancellation if registration numbers are low.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Learn the principles and theory supporting cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Become familiar with evaluation techniques and tools used to risk-stratify patients for cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Become familiar with the principles of exercise as it relates to cardiac patients and other co-morbidities.
  • Become familiar with the possible effects that common cardiac medications have on exercising patients.
  • Adapt the educational knowledge to examples of "real life" case history situations.
  • Learn the basics to challenge the certification exams required to specialize in this area (as in the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist).
  • Learn the foundational knowledge and tools to work effectively in this specialty and become a contributing member of a Cardiac Rehabilitation Team.

Effective as of Fall 2011

Related Programs

CARD 3280 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Cardiology Technology
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Diploma


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