Philips Remote Cardiac Services (formerly Raytel Cardiac Services) Program

Philips Remote Cardiac Services (formerly Raytel Cardiac Services) Program

Credits Available with Dates Valid

  • Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 1
    • Version I (3 credits) 1993 through February 2004
    • Version II (4 credits) March 2004 through February 2009
  • Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 2 (1 credit, lower division level) 1993 through March 2000
  • Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 3, Part A
    • Version I (2 credits, lower division level) 1993 through February 2004
    • Version II (3 credits, upper division level) March 2004 through February 2009
  • Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 3, Part B
    • Version I (3 credits, lower division level) 1993 through February 2004
    • Version II (4 credits, upper division level) March 2004 through February 2009

Source of Records

Philips Remote Cardiac Services; 7 Waterside Crossing; Windsor, CT 06095

About the Training Sponsor and Program

For more than twenty-five years, Raytel Cardiac Services (now Philips Remote Cardiac Services) has provided transtelephonic monitoring and testing services for patients with implantable cardiac devices. Raytel's educational program provides training for pacemaker medical technicians from entry through advanced level. The technician training program includes four levels: Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation I; Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation III, Part A; Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation III, Part B.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 1
This program provides the trainee with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform, interpret, and process single chamber demand ventricular pacemakers including those with rate responsiveness. The trainee will be able to identify basic cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac symptoms.

Instruction

  • Version I (3 credits) 1993 through February 2004: Training program consists of 32 modules. Approximately 80 hours are spent in the classroom with 40 additional hours spent in a clinical setting for one-on-one, on-the-job training with the instructor. Upon completion of all classroom instruction and thirty days' experience on the job, the trainee may take the final exam. Individuals who receive a passing grade on the exam are promoted to TECH 1.
  • Version II (4 credits) March 2004 through February 2009: Training program consists of 33 modules. The first 29 modules take 1-3 hours to complete. Module 31 is an 8 hour workshop in telephone communication skills and customer sensitivity. In module 33 the technician is placed into the clinical setting for one-on-one on the job training with an instructor for approximately 40 hours. The technician is then allowed to do telephone follow-up for 2-4 weeks with special attention from the supervisor. A total of 116-125.5 hours are needed to complete this training.

Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 2 (1 credit, lower division level) 1993 through March 2000
Program is designed for the TECH 1 with a minimum of 3 months experience. The program's goal is to refine and enhance the technician's arrhythmia analysis skills and understanding of specific pacemaker functions that could easily be misinterpreted as malfunctions. Provides the TECH 1 with knowledge and skills to perform, interpret, and process pacemakers functioning in the VVT mode and the AAI mode. This training program consists of 10 modules. it is presented 2-3 hours per day for two weeks for a total of 28 hours. Individuals who pass the final exam are promoted to TECH 2.

Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 3, Part A

  • Version I (2 credits, lower division level) 1993 through February 2004: This training is designed for the TECH 2 who has 6-12 months experience at that level. It provides a review of the AAI mode as well as knowledge and skills to perform, interpret, and process pacers in the VDD, VDDR, DVI, DDI, and DDD modes. The course provides manufacturer and model specific information pertinent to proper interpretation of the dual chambered devices. This training program consists of 17 modules. It is presented 203 hours per day for 5 weeks for a total of 59-63 hours.
  • Version II (3 credits, upper division level) March 2004 through February 2009: This training is designed for the TECH 1 or TECH 2 who has 3-6 months experience at that level or a supervisory recommendation for those with less experience. It provides the knowledge and skill to interpret and process pacers in the AAI, AAIR, VDD, VDDR, DVI, DDI, and DDD modes. The course provides manufacturer and model specific information pertinent to proper interpretation of the dual chambered devices. This training program consists of 18 modules. It is presented 2-3 hours per day for approximately 5 weeks for a total of 60-65 hours.

For both versions: Following completion of the classroom training and 30 days of practical experience on the job, the technician may take the final exam. Individuals who pass the final exam are promoted to TECH 3, Phase 1.

Pacemaker Rhythm Interpretation 3, Part B
Version I (3 credits, lower division level) 1993 through February 2004: Training is designed for the TECH 3, Phase 1, who has 6-8 months experience at that level (Version II: or a supervisory recommendation for those with less experience). It provides a review of special functions relating to DDD pacemakers as well as the knowledge and skills to perform, interpret, and process advanced arrhythmia analysis, intracardiac electrograms, A-A timing cycles and DDDR pulse generators and antitachycardia devices. The course includes manufacturer and model specific information pertinent to proper interpretation of rate response dual chambered and antitrachycardia devices.

Instruction: Version I: 18 modules (Version II: 19 modules). Presented 3-4 hours per day for 8 weeks for a total of 133-137 hours (Version II: 134-138 hours). Following completion of classroom training, the technician may take the final exam. Individuals who pass the final exam will be promoted to TECH 3, Phase 2.