What is a Cardiology Technologist?
Cardiology Technologists assist physicians by using various procedures and equipment to monitor, diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel disorders. Detecting heart disease and other cardiac conditions, involves a team of healthcare professionals, of which the Cardiology Technologist is a key player.
Some of the duties of the cardiology technologists include recording and assessing cardiac activity; providing preliminary reports of tests; providing patients with care during procedures; and preparation of reports for the interpretation of the cardiologist.
Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology’s Cardiology Technology Diploma Program is registered with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) . Our aim is to prepare job-ready graduates in the ar
ea of cardiology technology, as defined by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologist (CSCT) national occupational competency profile and industry requirements. We emphasize the importance of hands-on skills-focused training. All of our students learn about the value of patient communication and patient care as interpersonal skills are a fundamental part of being a successful Cardiology Technologist. Upon successful completion of the said program, students are eligible to write the CSCT certification exams. Please visit the CSCT website for more information.
Personal Qualities For Success
The following personal attributes are recommended for success in this program:
They should enjoy working with computers and electronic equipment at tasks requiring precision, having clear guidelines and established methods for their work, and compiling and recording test results.
Health Considerations For The Program And Career As A Cardiology Technologists
Please consider the following when applying to the program.
Cardiology Technologists should:
- Visual Acuity with or without corrective lenses to identify cyanosis and absence of respiratory movement in a patient.
- Hearing with or without auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face (to ensure that the Cardiovascular Technologist will be able to attend a patient’s call for help)
- Physical Ability sufficient (minimal impairment of upper and lower extremities) to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as move and position patients.
- Speech sufficient to communicate with staff and patients in a timely manner.
- Have good manual dexterity and enjoy working with your hands
- Be prepared to be exposed to the symptoms of hospitalized patients. As in most health care professions, you will be in close contact with infectious diseases.
- Any prospective students with back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or latex allergy should consider carefully before making application to this program. If any of these are concerns for you we suggest you discuss this with your physician.
- Hepatitis B and the flu vaccine are required and are available at any walk-in clinic or through your physician.
- Be prepared to work with both females and males
Students with significant health challenges are advised to discuss concerns with their physician prior to applying. Please check the Physical Demand Description for additional information.
Cardiology Technology Program Physical Demand Description
Cardiology Technology Admissions Process
Anderson College’s Cardiology Technology Diploma Program selects candidates who demonstrate the potential to become Canada’s future health care leaders. Every application is considered on its own merit.
To be considered for admission, you must demonstrate that you have an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) and have completed Grade 11 Math or Grade 12 Applied Math (C or U level); Grade 11 Science – Chemistry or Biology or Physics (C or U level); and Grade 11 English (C or U level). Students completing the English requirement at a high school in a country other than Canada and who have English as a second language, must complete an acceptable English Assessment TOEFL (Graduate Certificate: 580 for the paper-based test or 237 for the computer-based test, or 88+ minimums for the Internet-based test.) or equivalent testing.
Mature students must have completed secondary school with one Science, and English for College and or University level or equivalent.
Note that this is the minimum requirement and meeting the same does not guarantee admission to the program.
How to Apply?
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their suitability in joining the program by complying with the academic and non-academic requirements specified below.
Submit your Ontario secondary school transcript and diploma. Applicants with a foreign diploma, degree, certificate (or other proof of credential) applying must have their transcripts evaluated to Canadian standards by an evaluation from an accepted credential assessment service such as WES, ICAS or CES.
Applicants will be scheduled to write and pass the Wonderlic Test (a Superintendent approved qualifying test).
Write a personal statement expressing your interest in joining the program and how your past studies and related professional experience have prepared you for the program (maximum 500 words in length).
Resume and Interview
Applicants must undergo an interview with the Program Chair. Students will submit an updated resume as well as answer an interview questionnaire both of which must be handed in during the interview date. Specifically, the interview will assess the applicants based on the following four criteria:
Clinical Practicum Requirements
Within 30 days from the start of the classes, Cardiology Technology program students must complete and provide:
- Proof of completion of immunization requirements (immunization form)
- A clear vulnerable police sector record
To qualify for practicum, students must also complete Standard first aid and CPR (HCP Level), Mask Fit testing (N-95) and have successfully passed all program courses/modules. Students may also be required to conduct a successful interview with the provider of the placement