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MTEC703 Cardiovascular Science for Medical Technicians

The physiology of the cardiovascular system and changes in cardiovascular function in abnormal physiological and pathological conditions.

This paper is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Technology (PGDipMedTech) endorsed in Cardiology, which extends on from MTEC701 and the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Technology (PGCertMedTech) for those working in cardiology. It has a focus on cardiac arrhythmia, heart failure and ischemic heart disease and the key tools used in the diagnosis and management of these conditions.

Paper title Cardiovascular Science for Medical Technicians
Paper code MTEC703
Subject Medical Technology
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Full Year (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MTEC 701 or MTEX 701
MTEX 703
Limited to
For those who are currently working as a provisional cardiac physiologist.

Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Peter Larsen
Lecturer: Graham Orsbourn

Paper Structure

The paper is divided into four main modules, and students will be assessed within each module. The modules are:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Structural Heart Disease
  • Heart failure
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Taught Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

There will be either two 3-day residential courses or one 4-day residential course at the Wellington campus. The residential courses are compulsory.

There are no required textbooks for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper involves the understanding of the cardiovascular system and the changes in cardiovascular function that occur in abnormal physiological and pathological conditions.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system