EKG Technician

Prepare for an entry-level healthcare career as an EKG Technician.

This is a G3 program. Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.

EKG Technician with patient

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Program Information

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to administer cardiac tests in a medical office or hospital. Topics include cardiac anatomy and physiology, disease processes, taking and documenting vital signs, principles of electrocardiography, monitoring and stress testing, professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of health care. Students gain hands-on experience in EKG equipment setup, proper 12-lead placement, conducting and interpreting EKGs, applying Holter monitors and other clinical practices. Students must successfully complete ten (10) EKGs to demonstrate skill competency. 

Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) credential exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). 

Recommendation: Prospective students without healthcare experience are encouraged to follow the career pathway for medical assisting, which begins with Phlebotomy Technician, continues to EKG technician and finishes with Clinical Medical Assistant. These programs result in stackable credentials that are designed to build upon the knowledge and skills of one another.

Contact Hours: 90

Admissions Requirements
  • Meet minimum essential functions and standards for program
  • Be at least 18 years of age on the first day of class.
  • Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
  • Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.
  • Documentation of high school diploma, GED or equivalent, or college degree. Note: If high school diploma or college degree are earned outside of the United States, the diploma or degree must be formally evaluated (and translated if needed) by an approved agency prior to program admission. Allow a minimum of three weeks for evaluation/translation process. Prospective students will be responsible for cost.
  • English Language Learners (ELL/ESL): If English is not the first language, prospective students must complete a CASAS assessment with acceptable score prior to program admission. CASAS assessments can be scheduled by emailing at tjace@pvcc.edu or calling 961-434-5461. Include your first and last name, program of interest, and program start date in your email. Assessment should be completed at least one week prior to program start date. CASAS assessment is also recommended, but not required, for prospective students who feel their reading comprehension needs improvement.

Take the Next Steps

Complete the Workforce Services Student Questionnaire.

Register for and attend a Funding Information Session.

Check the schedule page to see when this FastForward program is next offered.