Grad Dip – Overview

The CEPIA Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology [10383NAT] is specifically tailored for cardiac physiologists, EP registrars / fellows and other allied professionals practicing in cardiac electrophysiology. It is designed to be a comprehensive overview of all facets of contemporary cardiac electrophysiology, from cellular physiology to advanced mapping techniques with an emphasis on the analysis of intracardiac recordings. Theoretical and practical skills will be taught, endowing participants with the ability to perform any diagnostic or invasive electrophysiologic procedure, from syncope studies to atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.

The course will consist of students attending 3 separate modules, with modules consisting of lectures, live ablations, hands-on sessions, tutorials and case studies covering the entire clinical and technical scope of cardiac electrophysiology. Each module will be assessed by both online exams and a practical take home workbook, so is aimed directly at those who are actively involved in EP procedures.


Who Should Attend?

  • Cardiac physiologists
  • EP fellows
  • EP registrars
  • Nurses actively performing the EP physiologist role

 
Programme Format

  • 14 lectures delivered in 3 separate modules held approximately 4 months apart (11 days total attendance required)
  • Hands-on sessions allow practical exposure to relevant topics
  • Live Ablation: Spend 2 days at Monash Heart and Westmead Hospital watching live ablation procedures. Speak and interact with a physician and cardiac physiologist. See all signals and images the team performing the ablation see
  • Case studies place theory into real-life clinical scenarios
  • Tutorials provide opportunities to further explore complex issues
  • Skype tutorials allow personal one-on-one discussions to facilitate learning (screen sharing is enabled to help with clarification of EGMs)
  • Take home workbooks permit practical assessment
  • Each participant will also receive a free iPad, with lifelong access to the course material app, which includes regular updates to assist continued learning and revision (*one iPad per participant only, must be enrolled in all 3 modules)

Prerequisites

Eligible students must possess the following in order to enrol in this course:

  • an appropriate Bachelor degree equivalent to working in the therapeutic area of electrophysiology, or a demonstrated equivalence to an appropriate degree AND
  • current active employment in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and have direct access to an EP lab and be personally performing and/or participating in EP procedures

Students must also nominate an appropriate Supervisor. Please click here to see the rules defining an appropriate Supervisor.

Those who do not meet these criteria will be unable to meet the prerequisite requirements and will not be permitted enrolment.


Course Duration

The course is designed so that all three modules and their respective assessments can be completed within a 12 month period, however assessment deferrals and/or extensions may be requested up to a maximum of 5 years after course enrolment. After this time if a student still has assessments outstanding and wishes to continue on with the course additional fees will be incurred.

If they do not wish to continue after this time they will be issued with the relevant “Statement of Attainment” or “Statement of Attendance” for the relevant Units satisfactorily attended and/or completed.


Objectives

Graduates should be able to demonstrate:

  • comprehensive technical and clinical knowledge of cardiac electrophysiology
  • thorough understanding of the role of electrophysiology testing in managing patients with bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias
  • improved ability to recognise and differentiate bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias
  • enhanced knowledge of the demographics, aetiology, features, diagnosis, progression, prognosis and electrophysiological characteristics of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias
  • comprehensive knowledge of the indications, risks and treatment methods of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias
  • detailed understanding of the principles, methods and biophysics of radiofrequency and cryoablation
  • advanced knowledge of the mechanisms of both supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias,
  • electrophysiological diagnostic manoeuvres, ablative and mapping techniques
  • increased comprehension of the endpoints, success and recurrence rates of pharmacologic and ablative treatment methods.

CEPIA Code of Practice

CEPIA is a Registered Training Organisation and as such operates under the strict principles and standards of the state and federal government. This code of practice covers the following areas:

  • Educational standards
  • Legislative requirements
  • Access and equity
  • Quality management focus
  • Training and assessment standards
  • Student information
  • Fees and charges
  • Refund policy
  • Appeals policy and process
  • Complaints policy and process
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Current Competency Policy (CCP)

If you wish to view CEPIA’s Code of Practice please click here.
 

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