EKG technicians provide patient care through the administration of electrocardiogram (EKG) testing, the best method for determining cardiovascular problems and monitoring heart health. In addition to supporting physicians, EKG technicians are also responsible for maintaining imaging equipment, sharing results and providing patient education.
After successfully completing the EKG technician program, students will have obtained the skills necessary to function as an essential part of a health care team, identifying heart conditions, analyzing diagnostic information, and assisting with procedures. You will also also be proficient in electronic health records, medical terminology and disease processes.
EKG technicians work in a variety of settings, which may include hospitals, heart centers or private practice offices. Technicians will collaborate with many other health care professionals, and there are opportunities to further specialize in other areas such as echocardiography, vascular technology and Holter monitoring.
The demand for EKG technicians will continue to grow rapidly, especially as the health care field expands to meet the rising needs of the population. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to climb much faster than other occupations, by anywhere from 10 – 17% over the next decade.
Upon program completion, EKG technician students will have achieved a thorough understanding of thorough comprehension of electrocardiograms, Holter monitoring, and other vital diagnostic cardiovascular testing.
Students in the EKG Technician program will complete a rigorous curriculum over 12 weeks to gain the expertise necessary to successfully launch their health care career. Some of the skills gained include:
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified EKG Technician exam. Before taking this exam, students are required to complete at least 10 EKGs on a live person in order to fulfill their clinical requirement.
Certified EKG Technician
Earning this national certification demonstrates to future employers that you have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to work successfully as an EKG technician.
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Students will complete the online program over 12 weeks, making them job-ready in three months. The program is flexible, allowing for assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.
EKG technicians work hard, both physically and mentally, to help care for patients. They spend the majority of their shift standing, walking, kneeling and lifting.
Ideal candidates for this online program have excellent interpersonal skills, are detail-oriented, possess a caring and compassionate personality and are interested in learning about high-tech mechanical equipment.
EKG technicians often use this certification as a stepping stone to other healthcare opportunities, including Medical Assistants, Phlebotomists or Electronic Health Records specialists.
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