Pacemaker/ICD Technician

Cardiac pacing is a widely accepted treatment for patients with a malfunctioning natural pacemaker, which causes the heartbeat to be too fast, too slow, irregular, or to present a blocked electrical pathway.

Our Pacemaker/ICD Technician Program will prepare you for a rapidly growing and rewarding career in the interpretation, interrogation and re-programming of cardiac pacing devices.

In addition to being a life-saving procedure, pacemaker implantation restores regular heart rhythm and improves patient quality of life.

The Pacemaker/ICD Technician is trained to participate in the care of patients requiring cardiac device therapy. Student is trained to manage remote device transmissions and accurately chart and report on pacemaker device performance.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy & Physiology/Pathophysiology
  • Therapeutic Communications/HIPAA
  • Basic and advanced electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • IV Administration
  • CPR
  • Vital Signs
  • Basic medical electronics and instrumentation
  • Understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in ECG, exercise stress testing, telemetry, and pacemaker analysis.

As students progress, they will gain knowledge of normal and abnormal electrophysiology, heart block, and the electrical conduction system.

Training explores terminology, critical thinking, and decision-making skills related to the use of cardiac devices in the treatment of bradycardias, tachycardias, and as an adjunct in the treatment of congestive heart failure.

Student will be able to

  • Recognize normal device function
  • Utilize special features to optimize therapy
  • Identify complications of pacing therapy
  • Evaluate patient’s symptoms
  • Recognize and correct problems encountered with device therapy

Specialized classes emphasize

  • Pacing system
  • Pulse generator
  • Significance of hemodynamics during single, dual, and biventricular pacing and programming
  • Concepts related to the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

The Clinical and Externship Experience

The clinical/externship rotation is an integral part of the training program. Eligible students are assigned to a school-approved clinical site by the Program Director. Students will maintain this rotation until all required hours have been successfully completed within the allotted time frame. Site visits to hospitals are conducted by school clinical site coordinator to assess the satisfactory progress of the student.

Due to the technical nature of this program, students must have prior allied health training, recent clinical work experience, and college credits in anatomy & physiology, math, and science.

Career Placement

The knowledge and skills acquired prepare students for responsible career entry level positions as a Pacemaker/ICD Technician in pacemaker clinics and industry.

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Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $52.79
APRN World Cardiac Pharmacology, 2nd Edition Nair 978-194-100-4128 $74.95
Elsevier Anatomy & Physiology, 9th Edition Patton/Thibodeau 978-0-3232-9883-4 $149.25
Blackwell Publishing Cardiac Pacing and ICD's Ellenbogen 978-0-4706-7423-9 $82.25
Elsevier Netter's Cardiology Netter 978-1-1184-5951-5 $70.76