Area of Interest
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 complete an online medical terminology course or self-paced workbook prior to course. 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
- Documentation of GED or High School Diploma.
- At least 18 years of age on the first day of class.
- Acceptable background check and drug screen prior to clinical. Proof of immunizations and physical exam may be required depending on clinical site.
- Attend a coaching appointment and/or information session prior to enrollment.
- Complete a CASAS reading assessment.
- Complete all funding assistance paperwork (if applicable) prior to enrollment.
- Meet minimum essential functions and standards for program
Take the Next Steps
Complete the Workforce Services Student Questionnaire.
Register for and attend a Funding Information Session.
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