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CARD 4203 - Concepts in Pacemakers

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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Course Details

Includes indications, technology, electrophysiology, programmability, modes, hemodynamics, rate-modulated implantable cardioverter defibrillator and anticardia devices, implantation and patient followup.


60% in CARD 3330 and CARD 3252 and CARD 3360* (* may be taken concurrently) and CARD 3360** (** must be taken concurrently)





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 31879

Tue Sep 08 - Fri Nov 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Nov 27 Distance Online Delivery



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Guided learning format.
  2. This online Learning Hub course is for students in the Cardiology Diploma, Cardiac Rhythm Device Technology Option or Electrophysiology Technology Option. 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the more advanced normal function and algorithms of the DDD pacemaker and identify environmental conditions that could interfere with appropriate functions. (1.4e, p)
  • Describe pacemaker clinical follow-up procedures including threshold testing and concepts involved in device programming and list indications for remote patient follow-up. (1.4 f ,k & j &q)
  • Explain the intraoperative electrical evaluation of the implanted pacing system.(1.4 b & c)
  • Identify guidelines for pacemakers, ICD and CRT implantations and describe the indications. (1.4 a)
  • Describe wound care and inspection. (1.4 d)
  • Describe appropriate/recommended recall/advisory strategies. (1.4 l)
  • Observe for and assess the physical signs and symptoms of pacemaker system complications. (1.4 l)
  • Analyze telemetry and diagnostics. (1.4i)
  • Analyze and interpret research studies.
  • Understand the considerations of magnet application. (1.4g)
  • Identify indications for temporary pacing. (4.4 b & d)
  • Apply knowledge of various temporary pacing methods including transthoracic and transvenous. (4.4 c & e)
  • Identify techniques used for lead extraction. (4.4 a )

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016

Related Programs

CARD 4203 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

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

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Fall 2020

Books for Fall 2020 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore

If you are taking this course through either Distance Education or Online Learning, please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore.

Cardiac Pacing : Defribillation & Resynchronization
Author Hayes
Copyright 2013
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-0-47065-833-8
Price $137.00


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