Certification of Cardiac Physiologists (CCP)

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The aim of this programme is to ensure that there is an agreed standard of practical training and competency for all those training to be a Cardiac Physiologist in New Zealand. The job title may be Trainee or Provisional Cardiac Physiologist.

The programme standards and oversight are directed by the Society of Cardiopulmonary Technology (SCT) as the national body representing the profession.

The programme is to be run in conjunction with the Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Technology, Cardiac option (University of Otago) (PGD MTEX). The first year of this programme is the Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Technology and the second year completes the Post Graduate Diploma.

Registration is required while training and conditions on the practicing certificate will be placed i.e. supervised practice – under supervised professional development. Registration is held with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board (CPRB) www.cprb.org.nz.

Qualification as a Cardiac Physiologist requires attainment of PGD MTEX (Cardiac), CCP (SCT) and 2 years full time equivalent employment as a Provisional or Training Cardiac Physiologist. At this point, after application to the CPRB, the conditions to practice will be removed from the practicing certificate.

Trainee entry requirements:

Trainees must meet the following criteria to be allowed entry into the programme:

  • Must be employed in an SCT accredited training hospital / department.
  • Must have an SCT approved supervisor who is registered as a Cardiac Physiologist with a current practicing certificate.
  • Must be employed with a job title and description that reflects that the person is training to be a Cardiac Physiologist.
  • Must be working greater than or equal to 0.8 FTE. and achieve 2 years Full-Time-Equivalent work experience.
  • Must be enrolled in the Post Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Technology programme. If the trainee has attained the PG MTEX Certificate prior to employment in the field, it is recommended they attain a full year of work experience prior to enrolling in the second year of the MTEX programme, as the second year of the programme requires knowledge of more advanced clinical procedures.
  • Must be a financial member of SCT.
  • Must be registered with CPRB as a Cardiac Physiologist.

Certification of Cardiac Physiologists (CCP) Course

CCP is a two-year course which is completed during your first two years of working and training to be a cardiac physiologist.

The year one content for CCP is the same as the first year of CPM but it is then followed by a second year of advanced modules. As the modules become available they may be completed in any order to fit with your departments training structure.

First year: completion of CPM modules

Second year: completion of advanced modules including:

  • Holter and event monitor analysis and reporting / advanced ECG Interpretation
  • Cardiac catheterisation monitoring (Diagnostic and PCI procedures)
  • Introduction to pacemaker implantation and follow-up
  • Introduction to echocardiography

Year two content is currently under development.

Enrolment process:

  • Down load and print CPM and CCP Application Form .
  • Fill in the required information then scan and email the form as directed.
  • You are required to have a training supervisor who is qualified and registered with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board (CPRB).
  • Once your application has been reviewed an invoice will be emailed to you.
  • When the course fees are paid, login details will be sent which enable access to the online learning site.
  • Enrolment should be completed and fees paid as soon as possible after starting work to get the most benefit from the course.
  • Enrolment status must be confirmed by the University of Otago for the PGD in Medical Technology.  If the PG Certificate has been attained, please provide a copy of the certificate.

Fees:

  • Please see the application form for the fee structure.
  • Do not pay your fee until your application is accepted.

When to Start

The course may be started at any time throughout the year.

Trainees can work at their own pace and are able to repeat sections if needed.

There are no set dates for when sections have to be completed although a guide for completion is provided.

The course should be started as soon as employment is commenced.

Delivery Method

Due to the online delivery method, paper copies of the course content are not supplied.

The course may be accessed from any computer, tablet or smart phone that has internet access.

Training Material

The course material includes: an introduction, objectives, recommended reading, notes, videos, practical assignments, work experience records, trainer checklists, competency assessments, tests and a final exam.

There are no written assignments as these have been replaced by open book tests that provide instant marking and feedback.

There is no block weekend for the course although the need for this will be reviewed.

If any of the procedures in the course are not performed in the hospital, the practical component may be omitted but the theory component should still be completed. This will be reflected on the course completion certificate so that future employers can check which practical components have been done.

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the content from the entire course objectives and may be sat after completion of all of the course requirements.

Course Completion

A completion certificate will be issued by SCT once the course requirements have been achieved, the final exam is passed and two years of relevant, full time equivalent, work experience is attained.

Questions and Feedback

Any questions can be directed to the course administrators using the question and answer section of the online learning site or by emailing: education.sct@gmail.com

This is completely new content, format and learning system and therefore we welcome any feedback to improve the course.

Course Structure

CCP year 1 is composed of seven modules which are divided into sections as per the following document:

CPM and CCP Course Structure