The BCIT Cardiology Technology Diploma is part of our comprehensive Cardiac Sciences department program offerings. As an accredited program, approved by the National Society of Cardiology Technologists, we offer a blended program, combining flexible online learning with a hands-on, skills-focused learning experience.
We train students to perform non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures, including electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, and exercise stress testing, as well as prepare them to understand advanced concepts in cardiac devices and electrophysiology.
Study while you work, find the balance you need to be successful. See Program Details to find out more about studying cardiology technology at BCIT.
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Our grads can start their careers as soon as they graduate. Graduates also have the opportunity to move on to advanced studies in Cardiac Sciences, or to complete a Bachelor in Health Sciences. Visit Graduating and Jobs and find out more about these opportunities.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
BCIT arranges clinical training for the student. Students will be requested to provide their preferences for clinical placements, but there is no guarantee that they will be assigned to one of their preferences. Students can expect to complete a clinical practicum outside of their province.
Training sites are located all across Canada, and students are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and transportation. Note: Student learning during clinical training is supported by BCIT Learning Hub. Students will require internet access other than that at the clinical site.
To prepare graduates to work in the area of Cardiology Technology. The program works in collaboration with clinical partners to meet the national occupational competency profile outlined by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists' (CSCT).
The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge applicable to clinical application of Cardiology Technology. Graduates will leave with the skills to conduct the required non-invasive diagnostic cardiology procedures in electrocardiograms, ambulatory monitoring, exercise stress testing, as well as prepare them to understand advanced concepts in cardiac devices and electrophysiology.
The BCIT Cardiology Technology program will provide industry with qualified graduates, in appropriate numbers each year, who possess the required entry-level skills for practice and endorse the concept of continual learning throughout their careers.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
Cardiology technologist jobs are in demand across Canada. Employers know to expect the best education from our grads because they leave our program ready to be an active member of the cardiac care team.
Careers often start with casual employment and salaries starting at $28 an hour. Positions can be found in:
Once you have worked two years in cardiology technology, you can specialize by completing one of our department's unique, sought-after Advanced Certificates options in Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Technology, or Cardiac Rhythm Devices. Also explore a Bachelor in Health Sciences through our partnership with Thompson Rivers University Open Learning.
Registration in most of the individual theory courses is available for professional education or to satisfy employer requirements. Please note: Students must be officially admitted to the program in order to undertake clinical placements and receive a BCIT credential. Taking several individual courses does not guarantee admission to the program. Online theory courses are offered on a term-by-term basis, starting in September, January, and April each year. Continuing Education credits are available to registered CSCT members who take BCIT Cardiology Technology Diploma courses.Top
Registration and completion of theory courses does not imply program admission. You cannot participate in a clinical practicum or lab work, and you cannot graduate with a BCIT credential, without first being formally admitted to the program.Top
Admission to the program is highly competitive. In addition to completing all of the prerequisites, successful applicants typically have the following profile:
The questionnaire that is included with the application should exhibit thoughtful, articulate answers to all questions, as these are carefully reviewed in the selection of future students.Top
The program looks for well-rounded individuals who will be successful as students and as future technologists. Ensure that you have researched what it means to be a Cardiology technologist and are aware the scope of the work involved.Top
Post-secondary health-related courses in human anatomy and physiology, pathology and physics will strengthen your application and will support your overall success in the program.Top
Most courses in the Cardiology Technology Diploma are program specific. If you are accepted into the program and believe that you have completed courses equivalent to BCIT courses, you may apply for individual transfer credit within the first two weeks of the program start.Top
Being a cardiology technician involves:
BCIT arranges clinical training for the students accepted to the program. Training sites are located all across Canada, not just in BC. Students will be asked to provide their preferences for clinical placement locations, but there is no guarantee that they will be assigned to one of their preferences.Top
You are responsible for all personal expenses, including food, accommodation and transportation, throughout the clinical practicum. No stipend is available for any portion of this program.Top
Program length varies depending on the number of online theory courses you complete successfully each term. It is possible to complete the whole program in two years; the maximum allowable time to complete is five years.Top
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