Cardiology Technologist

If you’re interested in a career that combines cardiology and technology, keep reading to learn more about becoming a Cardiology Technologist.

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    Delivery Method

    Delivery Method: Combined Delivery

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    Duration: 62 weeks

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    Starts: Once per year (January)

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    Credential: Diploma

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    Designation: Registered Cardiology Technologist (RCT)

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    Wages: Up to $37.11/hour

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    Location: Regional labs are located in Surrey, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Halifax.

Interested in a career that combines cardiology and technology? Stenberg’s Cardiology Technologist diploma program prepares graduates to work in hospital and clinical settings, conducting a wide variety of diagnostic procedures including ECG, Stress Tests, Holter Monitoring, and Event Monitoring.

Recognized by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Stenberg graduates are prepared for employment immediately after graduating, or may choose to continue their education and pursue a Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Stenberg College’s Cardiology Technologist Program is recognized by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT) and the combined delivery program has been accorded a 6-year accreditation status by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). This full-time, 62 week online program will prepare graduates to enter hospital and clinical settings with the skills necessary to conduct a wide variety of diagnostic procedures including ECG, Stress Tests, Holter Monitoring, and Event Monitoring.
After completing Stenberg’s Cardiology Technologist program, students have the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Open Learning, with whom Stenberg College has an articulation agreement. This agreement allows Stenberg College Cardiology Technologist graduates to complete their Bachelor of Health Sciences at TRU.
As a Cardiology Technologist, you’ll find opportunities for employment in hospitals, private clinics, private laboratories, cardiac diagnostic equipment companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Based on employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the wage range of Cardiology Technologists is from $20.00 – $37.11 per hour (average $25 per hour) depending on experience and location. Please note that these figures are based on groupings of a large number of related jobs. The related national occupation classification numbers (NOC) for Cardiology Technologists is 3217.
Please note, Stenberg College offers a variety of free upgrading courses and challenge exams in order to help students meet these admission prerequisites. Please contact a Program Advisor to discuss your academic options.

• Grade 12 Biology (minimum grade C+)*
• Grade 12 English (minimum grade C+)*
• Grade 11 Math (Principles, Foundations or Pre-calculus) or Applications of Math 12 (minimum grade C+)*
• Grade 11 Science – Chemistry or Physics (minimum grade C+)*
• Passing Stenberg College entrance examination
• Passing Stenberg College entrance interview
• Successful completion of a short written essay
• Passing Verbal Test of English if English is a Second Language
• Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record

Review Act
* Admission Access: Licensed / Registered Healthcare Professionals (who have completed Grade 12 and a post-secondary healthcare program) are exempt from specific secondary coursework requirements.

Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, you will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:

• Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
• Proof of Immunity Status as required by industry
• Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician
• Cardiac Life Support Certification

NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements.

This comprehensive program includes 20 courses. Please click the course title below to scroll to the course description:

Orientation and Student Success Skills

This course will provide a comprehensive orientation to Stenberg College and the program you have enrolled in. As with all new things, there will be some challenges to overcome; however, with this course, you will become familiar with your new environment and the resources available for your use. You will gain effective learning and study strategies, become familiar with course and research online resources, and enhance and develop a variety of important skills for students in post-secondary education.

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Medical Terminology

This intensive, fast paced course is an introduction to the world of medical terminology and is designed to provide the foundation for all subsequent courses. You’ll become familiar with various medical word parts, become fluent in the pronunciation and spelling of these parts, and become proficient with the building and breaking down of medical terms to determine meaning. It’s essential for all healthcare professionals to be able to function effectively and safely in a medical environment; therefore, you must be competent and accurate in the use of medical terminology on the job.

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This course will cover body systems and sense organs. Teaching about each system will include: an overview of that system’s general function; system parts, their specific function and location; relationship with other systems; and common pathologies including lab and diagnostic tests, signs and symptoms and prognosis of those pathologies.

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Keyboarding & Computer Fundamentals

This course is designed to provide you with a detailed introduction to correct typing technique and the computer skills required to work in a fast-paced environment. Throughout the course, you will use a simulated program to improve proficiency with the Internet, Windows environment, and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

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Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology

To help you understand the essential mechanical, electrical, and dynamic components of the human heart, this course studies the heart’s anatomy, structural relationships, and embryological development.

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Introduction to Health Research & Statistics

This course will help you to develop confidence in interpreting the statistical data in health sciences research articles. You will complete practical exercises to strengthen your understanding of sampling, measurement and statistical analysis techniques. Focus will be placed on descriptive statistics, elementary probability and statistical estimation and hypothesis testing.

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Cardiac Pathophysiology

Cardiac Pathophysiology provides information on common cardiac conditions and pathologies.This course is built upon and integrated with the Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology course. Each type of cardiac disease or pathology is discussed in relation to anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, causes, significance, consequences, clinical presentation, risk factors, diagnostics, and treatment as appropriate. Specific cardiac diseases and pathologies within a broad category are also discussed. The clinical presentation of a cardiac disease or pathology is discussed in relation to the cardiology technologist’s clinical practice.

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Cardiac Pharmacology

Cardiac Pharmacology provides information on commonly used cardiac medications. This course is built upon and integrated with the Cardiac Pathophysiology course. The cardiac medications are categorized according to accepted drug classifications. Each drug class is discussed as to action, indications, contraindications, adverse effects, usage, dose, and clinical application as appropriate. Specific cardiac drugs within classes are discussed as well. The clinical application of a drug class or specific drug is discussed in relation to the patient’s cardiac pathology and the cardiology technologist’s clinical practice.

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Cardiac Instrumentation

In this course, students gain an understanding of how biomedical instruments like electrocardiograms, Holter monitors, blood pressure monitors, event monitors, implantable loop recorders, pacemakers / pacemaker programmers and implantable cardiac defibrillators work. Students will be able to describe how the heart’s electrical impulses are converted into mechanical functions that can be printed by the electrocardiograph.

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Rhythms, Arrhythmias, and Pacemaker Studies

This is an integrated course in instrumentation, professionalism, and the study of the electrocardiography theory and principles used to perform basic 12-lead electrocardiograms, as well as specialized leads such as an 18-lead ECG, Lewis lead, and Fontaine lead. You will receive instruction in ECG interpretation, identifying cardiac rate, axis, blocks, hypertrophies, myocardial infarction, and arrhythmias (especially life-threatening arrhythmias). Students will also learn how to apply aseptic techniques in this course. The pacemaker segment of the course includes in-depth instruction on pacemaker function, pacemaker ECG interpretation, pacemaker lead implant analysis and operation of recommended procedures.

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Career Search Strategies

Students learn to network effectively, to search and apply for jobs and to prepare targeted resumes and cover letters. Students are also provided with coaching and individualized instructor feedback on their resume, cover letter, and interview skills.

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Electrophysiology Foundations

This course introduces you to concepts in electrophysiology studies and the electrophysiology lab. You will gain knowledge in identifying indications for testing, the functions of EP lab equipment, be able to do basic interpretation of EMG recordings and measurements of intervals and cycle lengths.

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Medical Laboratory Communications, Phlebotomy, & IV Lines

Using specific examples that pertain to the Cardiology Technologist, this course discusses professional behaviour and describes the healthcare team and the duties of the team members. The departments and personnel in the lab are discussed, and the tests and abbreviations within these departments are taught in addition to basic phlebotomy skills. This course also covers establishing peripheral intravenous lines including selecting and initiating a PIV (peripheral intravenous) a site and establishing the line by preparing, priming and hanging the IV bag with tubing.

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Fundamentals of Stress Testing & Ambulatory ECG

Students gain knowledge of the standards and guidelines for exercise testing using different protocols. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of exercise tolerance testing and ambulatory ECG topics essential to the cardiology technologist. The course covers important topics and general principles related to both types of procedures including; importance of general factors such as age, gender and environment; and various diseases and health states.

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Exercise Tolerance Testing

You will gain knowledge of the standards and guidelines for exercise testing using different protocols including Bruce, and Modified Bruce & Naughton. This will also incorporate Nuclear Stress Testing, Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MIBI), and the drugs Persantine and Dobutamine. You’ll be trained in the professional standards and communication skills required to retrieve medical history from patients and to give them proper instructions and information.

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Holter Monitor Scanning

This course will provide the students with knowledge of the principles and analysis of Holter recordings. Students will be taught how to identify, describe, select and apply various different protocols. Proper skin preparation to avoid artifacts will be emphasized in this course as well as the identification of arrhythmias and the correlation of these arrhythmias to reported symptoms in the diary. Students will gain confidence in their skills and abilities in hooking up holter monitors while providing safe and professional patient care.

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Related Cardiac Procedures & Diagnostic Techniques

This course will provide the student with the knowledge of the standards and guidelines for electrophysiologic studies like Signal Averaging ECG, vectorcardiography and tilt table testing. Students will learn about the principles and analysis of 24 hr. blood pressure recorder, Event Monitors and other cardiac procedures (e.g. angioplasty, stents, echocardiogram, transesophageal ECG). Students will also be introduced to specialized topics in Cardiology Technology including cardiac rehabilitation and radiation protection for cardiac imaging.

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Introduction to Health Information Systems

This course provides a basis for understanding how the delivery of patient care can be improved through the appropriate application of information management systems. Students will learn how to use information management systems appropriately, both at theoretical and practical levels. Focus will be placed on increasing awareness in their role within the larger schema of health informatics and on building requisite knowledge and competence to use information effectively in the patient’s interest in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.

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Clinical Preceptorship

During your Clinical Preceptorship (also referred to as a Consolidated Practice Experience), you’ll be assigned to a hospital or specialty lab where you’ll be supervised one-on-one by an experienced registered Cardiology Technologist preceptor. This will give you a great opportunity to implement your skills and theoretical knowledge in a professional setting.

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Program Review

Students will debrief on their clinical preceptorships, sharing what they learned over the course of this experience. There will be a review of key theoretical and practical knowledge. Students will also receive test taking skills information to help them as they prepare for the CSCT examination. Students will also be asked to evaluate their overall educational experience (clinical and didactic) so the program may be improved in relation to student feedback.

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The program also includes essential industry-related training and certification in the following areas. Please click the course title below to scroll to the course description.

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Online WHMIS provides information about materials in the workplace that can be hazardous, such as cleaning agents, compressed gases and flammable materials. Becoming WHMIS certified will demonstrate that you are able to identify hazardous materials and handle them properly.

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Personal & Professional Development Skills Certificate

The Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Skills Certificate is a self-directed, online certificate that enhances your soft skills. The six PPD workshops cover Professionalism, Quality Service, Feedback, Diverse Teams, Conflict Resolution and Leadership. Together, these workshops prepare you to effectively approach and resolve real life situations.

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Provincial Violence Prevention Certification

The Provincial Violence Prevention Training Curriculum will teach you to recognize and respond to violent situations and learn about different types of violence and strategies for dealing with the risks in a variety of health care contexts. The Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum has been developed by a team of experts from Worksafe BC, the Occupational Health & Safety Agency for health care in BC, as well as BC health authorities and healthcare unions. This training and certification is offered in collaboration with Fraser Health Authority.

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Body Mechanics & Back Safety

You will learn proper body movement to prevent and correct poor posture, reduce stress on ligaments, joints and tendons and enhance physical capabilities. Proper body mechanics and back safety will enhance the longevity and success in the workplace and will help ensure that lifts, transfers, and repositioning are done in a manner that is safe and appropriate for everyone.

Please note: While this training follows best practices and protocols, graduates may by required to take additional workplace specific training.

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Aseptic Techniques

This workshop introduces you to personal protective equipment, teaches proper hand washing techniques and prepares you to work in a sanitary environment. This workshop is delivered both self-directed online and instructor led in lab. There are approximately two hours of materials for you to go through prior to the lab component. These materials include readings and videos which you will work through on your own at home. During lab, an instructor will take you through the hands-on practice component.

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Fit Testing

This theory course will cover the correct use and care of respirators, respirator limitations, donning and doffing procedures, and proper disposal of respirators in accordance with WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation Section 8.7.3.

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You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.

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