Perform non-invasive cardiovascular procedures and tests, such as electrocardiography, multi-stage stress testing, Holter monitor analysis, arrhythmia monitor analysis, tilt table testing, pacemaker clinics, blood pressure analysis.
Record and assess cardiac activity and provide preliminary reports of tests
Provide patients with care during procedures and tests
Prepare reports for interpretation by cardiologists
Reprogram pacemakers according to required standards
Check, calibrate and perform routine maintenance of cardiology equipment to ensure proper operation
May analyze tests and notify physician or other health care professionals of abnormalities
May administer certain drugs under direct supervision of physician
May document and record pacemaker implant threshold measurements under direct supervision of cardiac surgeon
May supervise and train students, other cardiology technologists and nurses.
Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists (3217)
Assistant cardiology supervisor; Cardiac catheterization technician; Cardiac catheterization technologist; Cardiac stress technologist; Cardiac technician; Cardiology instructor; Cardiology supervisor; Cardiology technician; Cardiology technologist; Cardiovascular technician; Cardiovascular technologist; Charge technologist - electrocardiography; Electrocardiographic (ECG) technician; Electrocardiographic (ECG) technologist; Electrocardiography technician; Electrocardiography technologist; Electrocardiology technician; Electrocardiology technologist; Holter monitor technologist; Holter scanning technologist; Neuroelectrophysiology technologist; Non-registered electrocardiography technician; Registered cardiology technologist; Registered electrocardiography technician; Student cardiology technologist; Vascular technologist
Completion of a two-year college diploma program in Cardiology technology and supervised practical training
Employment outlook is fair to undetermined in most provinces. More information is available here.
Without further education, chances to advance in this occupation are limited.
0-1 year training and experience are usually required
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) - distance learning program
Stenberg College - on-line based program
Mohawk College - classroom based program - Hamilton, ON
Vancouver Island Institute of Technology - classroom based program - Vancouver Island, BC
Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick - based in New Brunswick
professionalism, maturity and self-confidence
empathy and the ability to reassure patients
the ability to be detail-oriented
the ability to respond quickly and appropriately in emergencies
the ability to work with little direct supervision
the ability to work as part of a team.
Cardiology technologists do shift work in health-care settings. The work is physically demanding. They are on their feet most of the time. They sometimes lift and move patients who cannot move on their own.
IMGs need to complete a two-year college diploma program in cardiology technology and supervised practical training.
Registration with Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists in all provinces except Quebec is also required.