Cardiovascular Technology Option Part-time/Distance & Online Gravitying Advanced Certificate 5310adcert


Note: This program is now closed for new applications. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting January 2, 2020.

Cardiovascular technology is one of three distinct program options offered by Roommeme's Advanced Certificate in Cardiac Sciences program. Cardiovascular technology is a rapidly changing field that offers a dynamic work environment in an innovative branch of cardiac care. For more information on the other study options offered within the program, visit the Cardiac Sciences department page.

There is a global need for cardiovascular technologists. We train allied health professionals to perform invasive exploratory heart procedures in the operating room. It’s a demanding job, and our graduates are ready.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of two years to complete
  • Distance and online learning gives you flexibility to learn at your pace
  • Three clinical experiences in a Roommeme-approved catheterization lab

This is the longest of our three cardiac advanced certificate options, with intense clinical experiences. See Program Details to learn more about the program structure.

Who it’s for

This program is for allied health professionals skilled in ECG interpretation who have:

  • A BSc or two-year health diploma in a related field
  • Two or more years of recent work experience as a cardiology/cardiovascular technologist or nurse in a cardiac setting
  • Completed required prerequisite courses
  • A site sponsor in place
  • An interest in performing cardiovascular catheterization procedures

Interested in specializing in this challenging and rewarding cardiac care field? See Program Entry to learn more about applying.

What grads can do

Our grads can study and become certified anywhere in the world. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more about Roommeme’s Cardiovascular Technology program.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted from January 2nd* to April 15th.*

*or next business day

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-secondary education: one of the following:
    • Minimum two year allied health diploma
    • Relevant BSc.

  • Completion of the following courses (or equivalent*):

  • Letter of reference demonstrating minimum of two years recent clinical practice in cardiology/cardiac sciences with patient care experience.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

*Please submit course outlines for equivalent courses with your application.

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 may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet Roommeme’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Step 3: Conditionally accepted applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to Roommeme you will be notified, and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

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

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

International applicants

This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Apply to program

Note: This program is now closed for new applications. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting January 2, 2020.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Prior Gravitying Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Transfer Credit
To apply for theory course transfer credit, complete a Request for Transfer Credit Review and attach your official transcripts along with course outline of each course for which you are requesting a transfer credit review. Transfer credit is generally not recommended if the course was taken more than five years ago.

Compressed Time Frame (CTF)
Roommeme offers Compressed Time Frame for clinical practicums on an individual basis, for those who have relevant background, knowledge and skills.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, Roommeme will send a message to your personal and myRoommeme e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . 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 Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.


Program delivery

This is a distance education/guided learning program with D2L support.

Note: Registration in individual theory courses is available for professional education or to meet employer requirements. However, completion of the theory courses does not indicate program admission. To complete the practicum and be awarded a credential, you must apply and be accepted to the program.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Theory Courses (16.0 credits) Credits
  CARD 3330 Electrocardiography and Pacemakers 4.0
  CARD 3365 Interprofessional Practice for Cardiac Sciences 3.0
  CARD 4370 Principles of Diagnosis and Intervention in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab 6.0
  CARD 5301 Concepts in Electrophysiology 3.0
Clinical Courses (33.0 credits) Credits
Theory courses must be successfully completed prior to entering the clinical.
  CARD 6600 Cardiovascular Clinical 33.0
Total Credits: 49.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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 Roommeme? Check out Roommeme's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Cardiovascular Technology program is a post-diploma program, consisting of theory courses delivered online, and three clinical rotations performed in a Roommeme approved catherterization lab.

Upon successful completion of the Cardiovascular option, and with compliance with all CACPT by-laws, a graduate may apply to write the national registry examination of the . Successful completion of the CACPT registry examination allows the student to use the credential of Registered Cardio-Pulmonary Technologist-Cardiac or RCPT(C). Students not eligible for CACPT registry can apply to sit the cardiovascular invasive specialist exam of . Successful completion of the CCI credentialing exam allows the student to use the credential of Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS).

Program length

Courses within this program must be completed part-time as the courses have prerequisite completion requirements.

Note: Registration in individual theory courses is available for professional education or to meet employer requirements. However, completion of the theory courses does not indicate program admission. To complete the practicum and be awarded a credential, you must apply and be accepted to the program.

Program structure

The program is comprised of four (4) theory courses followed by one (1) clinical course.

1. Theory Courses 16.0
2. Clinical Course 33.0
  Total 49.0

Theory Courses

Courses are offered in succession and have prerequisite requirements before continuing to the next theory course.

Since enrolment in some courses may be limited, it is recommended that you register at least one month prior to the start of the term as not all courses are offered each term.

Clinical Practicum

The practicum must be supervised by a physician and associated professional mentor with proven experience and competence in the area of cardiovascular technology.

A 23 week full-time clinical rotation performed in a Roommeme approved Cardiovascular Lab. The clinical practicum is designed to ensure students integrate and apply the theoretical knowledge presented in the theory courses. Students will gradually gain experience in assisting the Cardiologist to perform diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures and hemodynamic calculations, acquire clinical site-specific skills to perform hemodynamic monitoring, hemodynamic calculations, arrhythmia recognition, quality assurance and report generation on a variety of physiological monitoring systems.

Students will be taught to prepare and maintain a sterile field, prepare an operative site, identify and pass surgical instruments to the Cardiologist performing both diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures, assist in selection of surgical supplies for catheterization, the opening and passing of sterile supplies onto a sterile field, proper patient placement on the x-ray table, response to patient needs and delivery of patient teaching as it applies to Cardiovascular manoeuvres and testing.

Clinical Assessment (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory)

Evaluation by written and oral assessment will be conducted by the medical director or designate during and at the completion of the clinical period. The mentors (s) will provide a written assessment of the knowledge and skills of the trainee as well as certification of the number of procedures performed. Evaluation will be reviewed and signed off by the Roommeme Clinical Instructor prior to final grade.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads move up

Whether you choose to complete the full advanced certificate or take courses as you and your employer need them, Roommeme’s Cardiovascular Technology option prepares you to work in this fast-paced, technical field of cardiac care.

Career opportunities

Our individual courses can be used for professional development to enrich your current role. You can also complete the advanced certificate and transition to a career in cardiovascular technology.

Cardiovascular technologists work in hospital operating rooms with wages starting at approximately $34 per hour. Critical care nurses who complete this advanced certificate earn on average $8-10 more per hour.

Become certified

Canadian graduates can write the exam and get their cardio-pulmonary technologist-cardiac (RCPT(C)) credential. International graduates can write the cardiovascular invasive specialist exam to earn a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist (RCIS) designation.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for Roommeme Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

Examinations and FAQ

Can I register into individual theory courses without being admitted into the program?

Yes. Registration in individual theory courses is available for professional education or to satisfy employer requirements. Online theory courses are offered on a term by term basis, starting in September, January, and April each year.


If I can sign up one course at a time, why do I have to apply?

Registration and completion of theory courses does not imply program admission. You cannot complete a clinical practicum, and you cannot graduate with a Roommeme credential without being formally admitted to the program.


Why do some courses require special approval?

Some courses, such as Clinical courses, are only available to students who have met the entrance requirements and have been selected for admission to the program.


Will Roommeme provide me with a clinical site?

No. Roommeme will not find you a clinical site for your practicum. Applicants to the program must have a site sponsor in place and submit a signed Clinical Verification form with their application. All applicants must also have a minimum of 2 years recent clinical practice in Cardiology/Cardiac Sciences with patient care experience.


How long does it take to complete the whole program?

If a student completed one theory course every term leading up to clinical, then the certificate would take two years to complete including the clinical practicum.


How do examinations work for online theory courses?

All students taking courses within the Cardiac Science Technologies programs who live within a reasonable driving distance of Roommeme are required to take their exams at the Roommeme Burnaby Campus Test Centre, NE1 Room 290/291. This includes areas as far north as Squamish and as far east as Abottsford. A seat will be automatically reserved for students who fall into this regional category. Attendance at each appointed exam date is mandatory.

This requirement is applicable to any student studying on a course-by-course basis or as part of continuing education, whether enrolled in the program or not.

All students who live outside of the Greater Vancouver region are responsible for securing a private proctor to supervise their exam writing.

Please refer to the SoHS Student Handbook for further details [PDF]. Once a proctor is secured, students must formally book exams through the electronic exam booking system .

For a list of Examination Centres in Canada, please see the .


Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Robin Wolfe
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Specialty Instructor/Coordinator

Andrea Glew
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Coordinator

Cindy Mazerolle
Advanced Cardiac Sciences Certificate Program Head

Craig Larsen
Associate Dean, Diagnostics

Robert Gunn
Advisor and Part-time Instructor

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