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CARD 5500 - Advanced Electrophysiology Diagnostics

Cardiology/Cardiovascular Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

This course is designed to acquaint students with a more in-depth understanding of a diagnostic electrophysiology study. The focus is the cardiac stimulation techniques used by EP labs to determine the mechanisms of various arrhythmias. The course addresses arrhythmia mechanisms, the basic diagnostic study, the EP study for VT, the EP study for Syncope and EP studies for a variety of Supraventricular arrhythmias. In addition, specific diagnostic pacing interventions to confirm the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of various arrhythmias will be discussed. Other topics include the mechanisms of various arrhythmias, the interventions into these mechanisms that help to prove the mechanism and the subsequent treatment of these arrhythmias with ablation therapy.


CARD 5301





Fall 2019

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

CRN 41069

Tue Sep 03 - Fri Nov 22 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Nov 22 Distance


Emily Murtagh

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Guided learning format.
  2. This online D2L course is for students in the Cardiac Sciences Electrophysiology Option program. Students are responsible for ensuring prerequisites are completed PRIOR to registration. See course description for a list of individual prerequisites. IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is available on an individual 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, the student will be able to:

EP procedures:

  • Successfully interpret at least 80 intra-cardiac electrophysiology studies.
  • Perform at least 80 diagnostic EP cases (of the 80 cases, 20 are observed, 40 are assisted and 20 are performed independently).
  • Perform at least 80 interventional EP cases (of the 80 cases, 20 are observed, 40 are assisted and 20 are performed independently).
  • Prepare and maintain the sterile table for 25 EP cases (of the 25 cases, 5 are observed, 10 are assisted and 10 are performed independently).
  • Perform at least 15 lead analyses and monitoring during pacemaker/ICD implant (of the 15 cases, 5 are observed, 5 are assisted and 5 are performed independently).
  • Maintain a log book in which the type of each patient seen is recorded.

General EP clinical skills:

  • Recognize abnormalities and correlate information obtained from the EP study with other clinical data.
  • Take a patient history.
  • Document care delivery.
  • Apply the principles of electrophysiology during the assessment.
  • Perform physical assessment of the patient.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient records.
  • Maintain sterility, asepsis and infection control.
  • Ensure safety and care of electrical equipment and connections to patients.
  • Perform administration of oxygen and precautions for oxygen use.
  • Recognize the effects of cardiac drugs on the patient and the ECG (required).
  • Exercise independent judgment, problem-solving skills, application of knowledge of clinical electrophysiology.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and staff.

Effective as of Winter 2014

Related Programs

CARD 5500 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Cardiac Sciences (Electrophysiology Technology Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate


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