8 Month Cardiac Device Program


Mark Sweesy

Mark Sweesy

FHRS, CCDS, CEPS, RCES - President & Director of Education

Steph Jasa

Steph Jasa

RCIS, RCES, IBHRE – CEPS, MA, MHA - Adjunct Faculty

James Holland

James Holland

MS, CCDS - Technical Director


Stephanie brings nearly 20 years of experience in Cardiology, beginning her career with a BS in Exercise Science & Physiology and working in the Cath Lab. With eight year of experience with Johnson & Johnson, she led the education & training for the later six years, receiving the Standards of Leadership Award for the transformation of training & education at BWI. Stephanie now leads a consulting team focused on the expanding training needs for Cardiology & specialty services. She holds masters degrees in Organizational Management & Healthcare Administration.

Kimber Walters

Kimber Walters

RN, BSN, CCDS, MBA - Clinical Director

Joe Giron

Joe Giron

RN, RT, RCIS, RCES, CEPS, FSICP - Adjunct Faculty

Joe has worked with some of the best health systems, universities, companies and medical centers in the country. Earning a degree in medical radiography (RT) in the late 1990's, he began working in Cardiac Cath labs to start his professional career.

Tristan Pendergrass

Tristan Pendergrass

CCDS, CEPS - Clinical Applications Coordinator

In the mid-2000’s he earned a degree in Nursing (RN), & cardiovascular & EP credentials. In 2004, Joe founded a regional staffing & consulting business that specialized in cardiovascular services, where he merged & operated his businesses into franchise agreements with national companies. In 2010, he co-founded one of the 1st formal EP academic training programs at Loma Linda University, where he served as clinical coordinator & adjunct teaching faculty. Joe now works with an ‘education-technology’ company & collaborates with healthcare professionals to create novel blends of solutions that intersect education & technology.

The objective of this program is to train professionals in the fields of Cardiac Device Technology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. The cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED’s) include pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices and implantable loop recorders. The cardiac electrophysiology portion of the training includes: clinical electrophysiology, ablation and mapping. The academic year program consists of 8 months (>1,100 hours) of didactic preparation interspersed with clinical practice and hands-on skills laboratories. Upon completion of the school program, the students will be able to operate CIED follow-up programmers and perform other duties associated with CIED’s and cardiac electrophysiology procedures. Industrial occupations such as clinical specialists, sales representatives, education specialists, tachycardia field engineers or field clinical engineers would be within the expertise of the students. Click here to view all Admission Requirements.

Course Tuition & Payment Schedule

Tuition Cost: $26,000 - Books & Materials are included.

Deposit: $1,000 due on mutual acceptance. $350 is non-refundable and the remaining $650 non-refundable after July 1st when books are purchased, but the student may keep books and materials.

Balance Due June 1st: $25,000

Total cost: $26,000

ATI accepts checks or money orders (payable to ATI), or credit cards.

Living expenses are additional costs not included in the tuition and are the responsibility of the student. Financial aid is not available through ATI.

A motorized means of transportation will be required. Clinical training will take place off-site from the main campus at several other facilities. There will, therefore, be additional personal costs related to traveling (e.g., fuel costs, car maintenance, insurance, etc.) to these clinical sites for training and is required as part of the school program.

There may also be seminars or meetings dealing with cardiac device technology, which the student may wish to attend outside of the school. The student must pay these costs, however, these extracurricular activities are not required as part of the program.

Financing Available Through Meritize Financial

ATI is excited to partner with Meritize Financial to offer student loans that give borrowers financial credit for their academic success. Students are able to finance the full cost of attendance. [Learn More]

Refund Policy

Should a student withdraw or be dismissed from the program for any reason, all refunds will be made according to the following schedule:

1. Tuition will be refunded if the student withdraws within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after signing the enrollment agreement. The deposit will be refunded if student withdraws before the classes begin.

2. All money will be refunded if the student withdraws within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after signing the enrollment agreement and making initial tuition payment.

3. Withdrawal after attendance has begun but prior to sixty percent (60%) completion of the program will result in a Pro Rata refund. The refund will be computed from the last day of attendance, rounded downward to the nearest ten percent of that period, less any unpaid charges owed for the period of enrollment for which the student has been charged, and less a $100 administrative fee. The student must return all books and supplies provided by the school to date.

The portion of the period of enrollment for which charges will be determined is computed by dividing the number of clock hours comprising the period of enrollment for which the student has been charged into the number of clock hours remaining to be completed by the student as of the last recorded day of attendance by the student.

4. Withdrawal after completing sixty percent (60%) of the program will result in no refund. The student may keep all books and supplies provided by the school to date.

5. Effective termination date: the termination date for refund computation purposes is the last date of actual attendance by the student.

6. Refunds will be made within forty (40) days of the effective termination date.

Health Insurance & Medical Records Mandatory

Students are required to carry their own health insurance for interaction in the clinical portions of the program. This insurance is not available through the school and is not covered by tuition costs. Proof of health insurance will be required prior to coming to school. Prior to class starting dates, students must provide proof of healthcare status to include TB (by PPD test within the past year), rubella and rubeola, mumps, varicella (chicken pox), and tetanus (or tetanus booster within the last 10 years). If shot records are not available for rubella, rubeola, mumps or varicella we will need a copy of results from a titer being drawn. As students will be working in the health care field and typically work for companies that require drug screening, students will be asked to submit to a drug screening test during the course of the school year. This list may be updated periodically to reflect affiliated hospital requirements for clinical training. It is recommended that students also get vaccinated against hepatitis (three shots over a six-month period.

Policy on Granting Credit or Advanced Standing

There is no credit granted or advanced standing for any previous training or education.

Policy on Transfer of Credit

The school makes no claim or guarantee that credit earned from this program will transfer to any other program or institution.

Class Starting & Ending Dates

The school year begins in September each year and ends mid April. The class schedule is Monday through Friday from 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Specific class schedules are variable due to the clinical training, guest speakers and interviews which may begin earlier or run later than the stated 7:30-4:00 times.


School will not be held on the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Students will receive a two-week Christmas Break. Additional holidays may be declared at the discretion of a Program Director. Also, each student has two personal days which can be taken when needed with appropriate supervisor approval.

Typical Class Size

Typical class size for the Cardiac Device Technology program is 40-48 students.

Click here to see the curriculum

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The Dr. Richard Forney & The Presenter’s Awards

Two awards are presented during the year. Each has a $500.00 prize. The Dr. Richard Forney Award is voted on by the class and is awarded to the student who exemplifies both academic excellence and team player qualities. The Presenter's award is given to the student with the highest score from their Journal article presentations.


Upon completion of the school program, the students will be able to operate CIED follow-up programmers and perform other duties associated with CIED’s and cardiac electrophysiology procedures.

START:  09/03/2019

DURATION:  8 Months

ID:  8 Month

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