An electrocardiogram (EKG) technician uses monitoring equipment to help physicians test patients’ hearts. Some of their tasks include:
- Preparing patients for various cardiovascular tests
- Reporting findings to physicians who make decisions based on the results
- Maintaining equipment
Skilled EKG technicians could work exclusively as cardiovascular technologists or perform EKG readings as part of their duties as a PRN, medical assistant, or other members of the care team. These professionals work under the direction of a physician in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and diagnostic labs.
The EKG program is a 32 hours course that is a one (1) day a week, eight (8) hours class for a total of four (4) weeks. The EKG Technician administers and interprets EKG tests in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals and physicians’ offices. The Certified EKG Technician (CET) prepares and educates patients prior to collecting valuable diagnostic data that is used by the physician to determine cardiovascular functions/rhythm. The CET may conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.
Why EKG Technician?
We all have our different callings. If your calling is to become an EKG Technician, there are 56,130 job openings nationwide.
Our EKG program will provide students with the real-world clinical skills that are essential to working in the hospital environment and physicians’ offices to monitor the electrical conduction of the heart; prepare the patient for stress testing, and be able to apply Holter monitors.
Each student will be prepared to assist physicians in proper placement of EKG lead using their knowledge of 3-lead, 5-lead or 12 lead electrodes on patients.
The curriculum is blended in in-class and online sessions for class times of the duration of the program. Students will be grounded with a solid understanding of human anatomy, EKG theory, EKG application and monitoring, stress testing, and infection control, patient care and HIPPA rule/confidentiality.
The Mid-America Nursing & Allied-Health EKG program will provide students with the clinical, technical, and professional skills they need to be successful in the healthcare industry. Upon completion of the four (4) week program, students will have the clinical knowledge and proficiency required of an EKG Technician and will be prepared to take the National Certification examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The application and examination fee for the National Certification exam is included in the tuition for this program.
Certification Post Successful Completion of the NHA Exam:
EKG Technician National Certification (CET) $115.00
The exam is not included in tuition
Study Guide and Practice Tests for Exam included
- Admission Interview prior to first day of class
- complete Admission Package
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Payment Plans are available but it is the responsibility of the student to set up and make payments prior to first day of class. On the first day every student must have all fees paid in full.
If you are needing payments to be made to pay this amount it must be done prior to class start date.
Job Titles for those with EKG/ECG Technician skills could include:
- EKG Technician
- Monitor Technician
- Telemetry Technician
- Biomedical Equipment Technician
- Certified EKG Technician
What's the Job Outlook?
According to BLS data, job opportunities for cardiovascular technologists and technicians across specialties is expected to grow 22% by 2024, with a 2015 median salary of $54,880, based on skills and experience. This is a faster growth than the average for all occupations.
Some factors driving this growth include:
- Aging baby boomers
- Rapidly-evolving imaging technology that is replacing more expensive and invasive procedures
- Dropping prices in technology which makes it affordable to medical providers outside of hospitals (so doctors’ offices and diagnostic facilities need EKG technicians as well).