Algonquin College

Cardiovascular Technology


Using hands-on learning, explore a career that supports cardiac care.
The two-year Cardiovascular Technology Ontario College Diploma program provides you with the essential knowledge and technical skills required to perform electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests and ambulatory monitoring in the role of a cardiovascular technologist. Professionals in this field work closely with patients to diagnose cardiac conditions.
Emphasizing a hands-on approach through in-class laboratory simulation and clinical practice, this program is aligned with the competencies outlined by the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists (CSCT) National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP). Areas of focus include performing various non-invasive cardiac testing such as:

stress testing
ambulatory monitoring
pacemaker follow-up
You develop critical thinking by integrating knowledge of cardiac anatomy, pharmacology and various pathophysiology to provide accurate diagnostic information to members of the health care team.
Graduates of this program are eligible to write the CSCT national certification exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates become a Registered Cardiology Technologist (RCT). This provides employment opportunities across Canada in:

private cardiac clinics
physicians` offices
cardiac rehabilitation centres
pacemaker clinics
ambulatory monitoring health services
medical sales or research
Graduates may pursue post-graduate studies in such areas as diagnostic cardiac sonography, pacemaker technology or cardiac electrophysiology technology.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Are able to work effectively under stressful situations.
Are compassionate and caring.
Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Enjoy physical and hands-on work.
Find value in problem solving and critical thinking.
Are attentive to detail.
Enjoy working as a member of a team.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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