The curriculum at ATI consists of classroom lectures and clinical experience provided by full-time instructors and a volunteer staff of physicians, technologists and industry personnel.
For the 6-Month Program, ATI utilizes online learning, classroom and clinical training to prepare students for a stimulating career in cardiac devices. The Clinical Specialist Program is offered twice annually: Spring session runs from February to July and fall session runs from August to February. Each session begins with one month of online training followed by 5 months of classroom and clinical training.
Topics covered in the classroom include cardiac anatomy and physiology, hemodynamics, pharmacology, timing cycles, specialized algorithms and electrophysiology. Through lab and field experience students learn how to leverage classroom knowledge to complete complex device programming and troubleshooting.
Advanced and Custom Education Programs are available throughout the year for industry personnel and clinicians interested in continuing education. Custom courses are designed for individual professionals who need one-on-one training or classes of 30 or more. The duration of training also ranges from one day to three weeks. Coursework may consist of both lecture and clinical training.
Additionally, ATI offers a Review Course for the CCDS IBHRE (formerly the NASPExAM) and self-assessment courses. The faculty is also available to participate in off-site educational programs. Please contact Tracy Pickering for more information about customized continuing education programs.
6 MONTH CARDIAC SPECIALIST PROGRAM CURRICULUM
I. Online and Classroom Lectures
The lectures include anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, ECG rhythm interpretation, cardiac device technology and technical applications of cardiac pacing therapy.
For a detailed list of classes included in our Cardiac Specialist Program, please see pages 10-14 in our ATI Catalog.
II. Skills Laboratories and Clinical Experience
These two learning approaches coincide with specific classes to provide an opportunity for hands-on experience in a simulated or closely supervised environment. We do allow a window of time when students are permitted to leave the program early to begin their jobs and still successfully complete the program requirements. However, those completing the entire 6 months are typically involved in over 800 device checks, between our programming lab and device clinics. In addition, students will experience about 100 device implants and/or EP cases.
- Electrophysiology Laboratory – Students observe and participate in the EP lab. The clinical experience will include cardiac device implants, catheter ablations, and EP studies.
- Follow-up Laboratory – Students are exposed to the follow-up of patients with implanted single and dual chamber pacemakers including rate modulation devices. Clinical experience involves observation and, later, participation. This course is the practical application of “Follow-up Concepts.”
- Journal Club and Clinical Case Studies – Students read, interpret and present reports from current medical literature. Later, as they become more involved in actual clinical scenarios, they present pertinent patient case studies for discussion with the class.
- Pacing Systems Analyzer Laboratory – Students are exposed to the pacing systems analyzer and its functions. Many hours are designated on different manufacturers’ PSAs in conjunction with a heart simulator. Eventually, the student participates in the implantation surgeries and utilizes the skills learned for the PSA. Much of this class will be dedicated to student practice to attain necessary skills.
- Programming Concepts Laboratory – Students learn and practice with a variety of device programmers for the various single and dual chamber pacemakers as well as the ICDs. Many demonstration cardiac devices including the rate modulated pacemakers are utilized to provide a wide range of devices with each programmer. Much of this class will be dedicated to student practice to attain adequate skills.
- Pulse Generator Specifications Lab – Students examine the specifications of various single and dual chamber pacemakers and implantable defibrillators by studying the various manufacturers’ manuals. Students will provide oral reports on their studies.
III. Professional Development
ATI provides an environment that fosters professional development, as well as providing professional development training to each student via didactic and one-on-one meetings with the faculty. Classes offered include: Coaching, Mentoring, Leading/Teamwork, Selling, EQ vs. IQ, Resume Writing, Networking, Interview Skills/Mock Interviews, Understanding Personalities, Verbal vs. Nonverbal Body Language, Professional Follow-up/Thank You.
IV. Clinical Practicum
The student experiences on-the-job training in both hospital and clinical settings including cardiac device implant surgeries, cardiac device follow-up and the electrophysiology lab.
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