ECG / EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. They assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.
What Do EKG Technicians Do?
ECG / EKG Technicians (Electrocardiograph technicians, also known as cardiovascular technicians) perform basic EKGs, Holter Monitoring, 12-lead placement and stress tests (treadmill). They assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities. To take a basic EKG, which traces electrical impulses transmitted by the heart, technicians attach electrodes to the patient's chest, arms, legs, and then manipulate switches on an EKG machine to obtain a reading. EKG technicians with advanced training, like ours, perform Holter monitor and stress testing. For Holter monitoring, technicians place electrodes on the patient's chest and attach a portable EKG monitor to the patient's belt which records the heart's activity for 24-48 hours. For a treadmill stress test, EKG technicians connect the patient to an EKG monitor which allows them to monitor the heart's performance while the patient is walking on a treadmill, gradually increasing the treadmill's speed to observe the effect of increased exertion.
ECG Technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities and organizations. ECG Technicians also work for insurance companies to establish health and life insurance policies.
Our comprehensive sixty (60) hour ECG / EKG Technician Certification Program provides students with the critical skills required to function as ECG / EKG Technicians, and prepares them to take the national electrocardiograph technician certification exam. The program consists of both didactic and clinical instruction. Topics include anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, ethics, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and overview of echocardiography. Hands-on training labs introduce the student to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, 12-lead placement and interpretation, Holter Monitoring, stress testing and other clinical practices. After completion of the course students will be able to quickly and easily recognize significant cardiac events.
Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the:
- Certified EKG Technician, CET
Optional EKG Clinical Externships are available. To inquire about an EKG Externship, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition for the EKG Technician Program is *$1,500. Payment plans (0% interest) are available for all students.
* Licensing and examination fees may apply
Required Textbook (included in tuition)
Basic Arrhythmias, 7th Edition
ISBN No. 0135002389
Retail Price $110.00