Cardiac Electrophysiology Technology
Electrophysiology (EP) is an emerging healthcare science and therapy. EP is a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmias. The cardiac electrophysiology technologist may come from a variety of allied health professionals (RT, RN, CVT, EMS, RRT and PA), assists an EP cardiologist during diagnostic and invasive procedures including programmed electrical stimulation, sterile scrub technique, electro-anatomical 3D mapping, catheter ablation for cardiac arrhythmias and device implantation for cardiac rhythm management such as pacemakers and other advanced implantable devices.
This program is offered online or on our LLU campus. Contact Alan the CEPT program director to discuss which learning option would be best for you!
Cardiac Electrophysiology Program
Students in the cardiac electrophysiology technology program will learn EP theory, principles, and various techniques, and will be educated to utilize the latest advancements in EP Equipment technology and cardiac rhythm management. Students will obtain approximately 880 clinical hours by rotating to several clinical sites while in the program. The Associate of Science and certificate programs are each 12 months long, and clinical sites can be selected at the students request. The A.S. degree is a face to face program that with some online coursework, while the certificate program is tailored with the working professional in mind, and clinical hours can be accrued if the student is working in an established EP/Rhythm Management lab. This program will prepare students for RCES & IBHRE Certifications.
Graduates of the CEPT program will be qualified for employment with not just acute care hospital CCL/EP labs, but also hospital or physician rhythm management clinics, clinical support, and sales positions with various bio-technology companies.
The development of this program is in direct response to the needs expressed by hospitals, physicians, and bio-technology companies to address the current demand for qualified EP allied health professionals to meet emerging challenges of the healthcare science and therapy of electrophysiology. Currently only 8-10% of patients in the US are being properly diagnosed and treated for atrial fibrillation, which is just one segment of EP patients.
The International Board of Heart and Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) is recognized as the global leader in heart
rhythm certification. IBHRE was the first testing organization founded to raise the level of professionalism and academic credibility in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. IBHRE certified specialists include more than 9,000 distinguished physicians and allied professionals around the world who have been tested on the scientific foundation, clinical skills, and technical knowledge required to provide and facilitate safe quality patient care in the management of arrhythmias. IBHRE certification serves as a validation to your cardiac pacing and electrophysiology qualifications, recognizes your achievement of an international standard that goes beyond the scope of licensure & successfully measures your knowledge based on predetermined standards in heart rhythm management. Heart Rhythm Society: http://www/ibhre.org/
CCI is a credentialing organization for Cardiovascular Technology and emerging medical professionals. Earning a CCI credential demonstrates not only fundamental knowledge, but also dedication to your professional development. Becoming certified allows you to become part of a group of more than 17,000 certified cardiovascular professionals worldwide. CCI's credentials are internationally recognized by physicians, employers, contractors of Medicare and Medicaid services, administrators, accreditations bodies and patients. CCI yields the certification of RCES in the Cardiac EP Specialty. For more information, visit their site: http://www.cci-online.org/
Clinical Training and Essential Job Functions
Students will complete didactic coursework (57.5 quarter units for the AS and 53.5 for the certificate) and approximately 880 hours of clinical education in a cardiac cath lab/EP lab.
Physical demands include lifting; carrying; bending; manipulation of equipment; patient assistance; walking and prolonged standing; the ability to read written orders, advanced computer systems screens, patent records, and equipment controls and the ability to communicate with patients, physicians and coworkers.
Mental and emotional demands include critical decision making, interaction with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintaining patient confidentiality, and being able to work under pressure in stressful conditions.
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must complete:
State Regulations for Online Programs
Restrictions apply for online courses from specific states. Please refer to the LLU distance education information page for more information.
The application window for this program is January 1 to July 31.
Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall Room 1926
Loma Linda CA 92350
|Program Director, Program Advisor
Alan Alipoon, BS, RCP, RRT
(909) 558-4932 ask for the Cardiopulmonary Sciences
(909) 558-4932 or (909) 702-9992
Janelle M Guerrero, MS, RCEP