The Cardiac Advanced Diploma (CAD) program is an intensive, compressed time frame program in the cardiac ultrasound stream. The program is designed for health care employees looking to grow their careers and learn cardiac ultrasound. The prerequisites for this program are unique from the other BCIT sonography programs. Please ensure you review the Program Entry page carefully.
Diagnostic medical sonography is commonly known as ultrasound. Echocardiography is a branch of diagnostic medical sonography and uses high-frequency sound waves to examine the structure and function of the heart. Each patient comes with unique needs and, as a student, you will learn diagnostic problem-solving and team collaboration skills to give each patient the highest quality of care.
The BCIT Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs draw students from across the province. Our programs provides access to state-of-the-art equipment and the latest in ultrasound technology so that you are ready to start your career the moment you graduate.
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The Cardiac Advanced Diploma is 13 months in length. The first term of the program includes didactic theory courses and labs.
Students will have the opportunity to attain all of the required skills in the Sonography Canada National Competency Profile (NCP) for the Cardiac Sonographer. Students will complete the Sonography Canada Canadian Clinical Skills Assessment (CCSA) for the Cardiac Sonographer during the program.
Students are advised that travel to clinical placements at their own expense is required. Students are asked to identify site preferences, but it may not be possible to accommodate all requests. Students may be required to complete a clinical rotation outside the Lower Mainland (Vancouver Island, northern or interior BC). Some lower mainland students may be required to attend placements that are lengthy commutes from their homes or difficult to access by bus, yet still considered a local placement. It may be possible for applicants with permanent residences outside of the lower mainland to access some clinical placements in their home area.
Students are expected to have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a printer, and to be proficient in the use of the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Cardiac sonography grads primarily work in hospitals. Careers can be found in casual, part-time, and full-time positions, and many move into full-time employment within a few months of graduating. Salaries start at approximately $30 per hour in careers like:
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