EKG Technician Certification Program

EKG Technician Certification Program

What is an EKG Technician?

EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram (EKG) 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 hours.), 12-lead placement and Stress Tests (treadmill). They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.

Course Description

This comprehensive 54-hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and take their national certification exams. 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,
  • the Holter monitor,
  • 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. EKG Technicians also analyze printed readings of EKG tests, measuring various “cardiac intervals and complexes” and determining normal vs. abnormal EKG. Certification details to be given by instructor.

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.

In the last class, students will take the four-hour American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA BLS) course. This four-hour course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics.

Certification

Upon successful completion, students will receive their Healthcare Provider certification e-card (valid for 2 years) by email within 20 days.) The AHA BLS course is included in the cost of the EKG program. Students who do not complete the BLS training included in the course will need to complete and pay for the BLS certification on their own and submit proof to receive their EKG certificate of completion.

Additionally, this course prepares you to take the national certification exam issued by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).  Students will be notified how to register for this exam. EKG exam fee not included.

NOTE: For students wishing to work in a hospital setting, a separate medical terminology class is required.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent, (foreign students must provide a notarized English-translated transcript)

Please Note:  It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration.  A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment are received.

Course Schedules

Fall 2018 – CRN# 33396

Instructor:  Lorna Wheeler

Dates/Time:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9/10/18 – 10/21/18,  6:00-8:30 pm,  Room B120 (No class 10/31, 11/21)

Monday, 11/26/18, 5:00-9:00 pm, Room B127 – American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA BLS)

Cost: $1,100, textbook and AHA BLS included *

*SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.

CEUs: 5

Registration deadline: 9/4/18

Learn how to register.

 

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SNAP and WIOA Eligible

The EKG (Electrocardiogram) Technician Certification Program is WIOA and SNAP eligible.

SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.