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Overview

Note: The February 2021 intake is now closed for applications.

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.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted from June 1st, 2020 to October 14th, 2020.

Note: Applicants to this program must be residents of British Columbia. This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Competitive entry: Three-step process

Obtaining a seat in this program is competitive. The program mandate is to select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success. BCIT does not guarantee admission to applicants who meet the minimum program entry requirements.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Shortlisted applicants

The program area will review all complete applications after the application deadline. If you are shortlisted, the program area will contact you for the following requirements:

  • PERF 0000 – Visual-Spatial, Fluid Reasoning Test

  • Two letters of reference: sent by the person providing the reference directly to the program area.

During this process, applicants will be assessed by program area for their suitability for the program and this profession.

Step 3: Conditionally accepted applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT, you will be notified through myCommunication. The following will be required for full acceptance:

  • MRAD 0150 – Medical Terminology for Imaging (80%)
    Access to this free online course is provided once you are conditionally accepted or waitlisted. MRAD 0150 is not required for Option 1 applicants.

  • The Burwin Institute's Sonography Principles and Instrumentation course
    Show proof of one of the following:
    • Enrollment in this course
    • Completion of the course within the last 5 years
    • For applicants from a general sonography background, completion of either the ARDMS SPI exam or the Sonography Canada Core exam within 5 years is acceptable.
    The program area will review for the successful completion of the Burwin course prior to the start of Term 2 clinical courses. Students who fail to complete the course by the start of Term 2 will not be eligible to continue in the program and may need to reapply.
  • Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - Level C

  • Criminal Record Check [PDF]

  • Immunization Review [PDF]
    Submit to Student Health Services.
    Immunization is a mandatory requirement for this program.

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

Face Respirator Fit Testing

Respirator fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit testing must also include inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions on how to access fit testing by the program prior to the first clinical. Students are responsible for paying for the annual fit test while in the program and carrying their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

Recommended for success

  • Physical and mental stamina. Applicants with a history of arm, shoulder, neck, and/or back injury should carefully consider their suitability for this career choice. Examples include but are not limited to carpel tunnel syndrome, nerve entrapment, rotator cuff tears, thoracic outlet syndrome, and spinal injury.

  • Fine motor control / manual dexterity

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to:
    • visualize objects in three dimensions
    • accurately differentiate shades of grey, colors, and sounds
    • work independently and in team situations
    • manage stressful and busy work environments
    • move and transfer patients from wheelchairs to stretchers and to the washroom
    • assist patients with toilet needs
    • multitask accurately and efficiently
    • problem solve in a variety of situations

International applicants

Applicants to this program must be residents of British Columbia. This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Apply to program

Note: The February 2021 intake is now closed for applications.

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

Scheduled intakes

February 1st, 2021

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

The approximate cost of required textbooks and materials across three terms is $400. This is an estimated cost and subject to change.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0900–1600, Monday through Friday

Program delivery

This program is delivered through a combination of on-campus academic courses, labs, and clinical experience in hospitals.

Program matrix

Term 1 (13 weeks) Credits
  DSON 5011 Cardiac Sonography 1 5.0
  DSON 5012 Cardiac Sonography 2 5.0
  DSON 5013 Cardiac Sonography 3 3.0
 
Term 2 (25 weeks) Credits
  DSON 5010 Sonography Clinical 1 12.0
  DSON 5020 Sonography Clinical 2 18.0
 
Term 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  DSON 5030 Sonography Clinical 3 27.5
 
Total Credits: 70.5

Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

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).

Program length

13 months, full-time

Grading

All didactic courses require a mark of 65 percent to pass. Clinical courses require satisfactory completion of all competencies.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate accreditation (AC) through their new EQUAL Canada program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Students will also complete clinical placements in hospitals.

Graduating & Jobs

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:

  • Echocardiographer or cardiac sonographer
  • Commercial sales
  • Research and development

Professional associations

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Sonography Canada Cardiac examinations (SC Examinations) and are also eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography specialty examinations (ARDMS Examinations) in adult echocardiography just prior to graduation.

Contact Us

Melanie Beggs-Murray
Program Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
604-451-7137 | Melanie_Beggs-Murray@bcit.ca

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