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Cardiology Training Online

If you are interested in working in the field of cardiology (the diagnosis and treatment of health problems related to the heart, arteries and veins that make up the cardiovascular system), you can work as a cardiology technician, as a cardiology nurse, or as a cardiologist (heart doctor)..

Cardiology Technician

To become a certificated cardiology technician, you have to study anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, cardiac pharmacology, clinical electrocardiography (ECG) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Online training is available in each of these topics from United States institutions such as Corexcel, the Harrisburg Area Community College and the Star Career Academy and from Canadian institutions such as the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Sternberg College, and Thompson Rivers University.

Cardiac Nurse

Tobecome a cardiac nurse (AKA a cardiology nurse or cardiovascular nurse), you need to become an RN (registered nurse) by studying for a associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and then complete a masters degree in cardiac nursing. Some nurses go on to complete a fellowship in cardiac nursing.

Much of the practical cardiac nursing studies are done in a clinical setting (in a hospital or clinic) alongside cardiology doctors and nurses and heart patients. But some of the coursework is complete either on-campus or online. Online learning options are being increasingly offered for busy nurses who can learn and review at a time and in a place convenient to them.


To become a cardiologist, you must undertake studies in a large number of areas, including biology, chemistry and physics, cardiovascular anatomy, physiology and metabolism, cardiovascular pharmacology and pathology, echocardiography, electrophysiology, and nuclear cardiology.

If you work as a cardiologist, you can also specialize in areas such as interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology and electrocardiography, in cardiac surgery or in pediatric cardiology.

To become a cardiologist, much has to be studied on-campus and in the hospital environment. But much of the introductory knowledge, of the academic knowledge at various levels, of the continuing medical education (CME) in cardiovascular medicine, and much of the postgraduate and advanced studies can be studied online, over the Internet and using distance learning with one's teachers, with webinars, with interactive case histories and multiple choice questions, and reading electronic monographs and journals (e.g. Braunwald's Heart Disease).

Online training is an excellent way to learn (often interactively), to test oneself and to revise all the important key facts in cardiology.

Online learning for cardiology can be studied at universities and colleges which are fully accredited and which will earn you units towards your undergradutate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas.

As explained above, studying to become a cardiologist takes a long time (four year undergraduate degree followed by a MCAT examination, and then training in a medical school, a residency training, and finally a fellowship in cardiology).

Luckily, before you sign up to study an expensive cardiology course, you can experiment with online cardiology resources (for example, online videos) to see if cardiology is really for you. You can play with basic concepts in cardiology, try out basic cardiac monitoring, etc.. You can get some "hands-on" experience via online models, interactive lessons, and quizzes to see if this career is really for you.

Author: David Paul Wagner
(David Paul Wagner on Google+)

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