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CARD 3360 - Cardiac Pharmacology

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course gives an overview of the pharmacological agents commonly used in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Brief treatment will also be given to non-cardiac medications used in cardiac patients and their potential interactions. Students will learn how the various drugs act, are classified, and employed in stable patients and those undergoing emergency procedures, electrophysiological studies, catheterization, and other diagnostic studies. Drug classes examined include thrombolytic, anticoagulant, antiarrhythmic, antianginal, antihypertensive, diuretic, lipid-lowering, antiglycemic, and contrast agents.


BHSC 3302 and CARD 3252





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 31312

Tue Sep 07 - Fri Nov 26 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Nov 26 Online


Lisa Moralejo

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. This online Learning Hub 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 (Max 3 courses). 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.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the various classifications and sub-classifications of cardiac drugs.
  • Find relevant drug information from print and online reference materials.
  • Understand the physiology behind the actions of pharmacological agents relevant to diagnosis or treatment of cardiac disorders.
  • Recognize common non-cardiac medications likely to be used by cardiac patients and understand their pharmacological effects and interactions.
  • Explain how drugs are used in noninvasive cardiovascular diagnosis.
  • Explain how drugs are used in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization.
  • Describe which agents are used specifically in cardiac electrophysiology studies.
  • Identify how drug therapy is used in conjunction with device therapy, such as cardiac pacing.
  • Relate pharmacologic agents to the type of desired physiologic effect.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the use of medical therapy in the management of a variety of cardiac pathologies.

Effective as of Fall 2014

Related Programs

CARD 3360 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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