British Columbia Institute of


CARD 3330 - Electrocardiography and Pacemakers

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

Students in this course will advance their knowledge in ECG recognition and evaluation, 12-lead electrocardiogram and pacemaker ECG evaluation. A detailed examination of cellular mechanisms, conduction, pathology and the disease processes responsible for irregularities of the heart rate are presented. Special attention is directed to methods of determining axis, rate, rhythm, myocardial damage, and conduction disturbances, as well as understanding pacemaker behavior.


CARD 2201 and CARD 2219 and CARD 3252





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 31311

Tue Sep 03 - Fri Nov 22 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Nov 22 Distance


Lucy Marchiori

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  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.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the action potential in each part of the conduction system including the principle ions involved.
  • Define automaticity, excitability, conductivity, contractility and refractoriness of cardiac tissue.
  • Differentiate aspects of the conduction system from the SA node, AV node, Bundle of His, bundle branches through to the Purkinje Network.
  • Identify ECG criteria of conduction abnormalities including SA block, Sick Sinus Syndrome, AV block, fascicular block and BBB.
  • Explain the mechanisms and treatment options of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
  • Explain the mechanisms and ECG characteristics of various escape rhythms.
  • List rhythm abnormalities related to valvular pathology.
  • Describe ECG changes possibly associated with left and right ventricular hypertrophy as well as endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, various congenital defects and acquired syndromes.
  • Describe the effect of electrolyte imbalances on the conduction system.
  • Define mechanisms of tachyarrhythmia, such as, accessory pathways, re-entry, abnormal automaticity, pre- excitation.
  • Identify various tachyarrhythmia on ECG.
  • Identify indications for and methods of implanting loop recorders (ILR), pacemakers, implantable defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization (CRT) devices.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal single and dual chamber pacemaker function.
  • Explain pacemaker functions such as sensing, capturing, rate response and upper rate behaviours.
  • Define common programmable parameters and timing cycles.
  • List features of lead technology.
  • Identify the therapeutic and diagnostic indications for electrophysiology (EP) testing.
  • Identify EP test intervals and cycle lengths.

Effective as of Winter 2019

Related Programs

CARD 3330 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Cardiac Sciences (Cardiovascular Technology Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Cardiology Technology
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Diploma


Interested in being notified about future offerings of CARD 3330 - Electrocardiography and Pacemakers? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Contact Information

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the College and Institute Act (RSBC 1996, Ch.52). BCIT will use this information to communicate with you regarding relevant BCIT programs, courses and services. This information is only used by authorized BCIT staff. Email communication sent to and from BCIT is routed through the United States of America. If you have any questions about BCIT's collection and use of this information, please contact BCIT’s manager of Information Access and Privacy.

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is currently open for the Fall 2019 term.

The sneak preview for the Winter 2020 term starts Fri, Oct 18 at 8:30 am (PDT).

Students may register for Winter 2020 term courses online, by phone, mail or in-person starting Wed, Oct 23 at 9:00 am (PDT).

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid ›