EKG Technician

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HTH E38 - EKG Technician Program
EKG technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. These tests include basic EKGs, Holter Monitoring (portable EKG which records activity for 24-48 hrs.), 12 lead placement and stress tests (treadmill). They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities. EKG technicians work in physician's offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities and organizations. EKG technicians also work for insurance companies to establish health and life insurance policies. This comprehensive 60-hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG technicians and to take the NHA, National Healthcareer Association examination. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and echocardiography. Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.

Career Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for diagnostic medical technicians including EKG Technicians is projected to grow 39 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.  

Salaries vary depending on experience, hours, and location. In May 2018, the median annual wage for an EKG Technician was $38,170.

Educational Requirements:
High school or equivalent

Key areas and topics include:

  • Role of the EKG technician
  • Function of the EKG Department in a variety of settings (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
  • Introduction to medical terminology
  • Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
  • Care and safety of patients, medical and legal aspects
  • Anatomy of the heart and conduction system
  • Circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Electrical conduction system of the heart
  • Cardiac cycle (electric system)
  • EKG Strip Analysis (P, Q, R, S, T Wave Form Interpretation)
  • Normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardia, sinus tachycardia
  • Basic EKG interpretation, sinus rhythm and ventricular rhythms, asystole, example rhythm recognizing
  • Artifacts; troubleshooting, tracing problems
  • Practice EKG strips, EKG rhythms
  • Preparing a patient for EKG 

Upon successful completion of the EKG Technician Program, students will be eligible to sit for the Certification Exam. The NHA certification exam fee is not included in tuition and fees.

Summer 2024
HTH E38 101
June 3 to August 12, 2024
Mondays & Wednesdays
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
H Building, Room H-125

In the event we are unable to meet in person, labs will be held virtually and led by your instructor.

Tuition: $999* (Textbooks not included)
* = Additional college registration and technology fees may apply.

NHA Exam Information: 

Certified EKG Technician Exam Dates
NHA (National Healthcareer Association)   

  • To Be Announced

To register for an exam, please visit www.nhanow.com.

Registration and payment are due prior to the exam date.
Exam Fee: $125
For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500 or e-mail us.