EKG Technician

Career Overview

EKG technicians are responsible for assisting physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac or heart, and peripheral vascular or blood vessel ailments. They reviews physicians' interpretations of patient files, and monitors patients' heart rates. EKG Technicians also operate and are responsible for the care of test equipment, explaining procedures to patients, and comparing findings to a standard to identify any problems. EKG technicians usually work in cardiology doctors' offices, hospitals, and usually on a separate wing called the "telemetry unit". National average salaries range from $22,000-$30,000 annually.

Length and Cost of Training

Program consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction and can be completed in 6 weeks. Textbooks are required at an additional cost.

Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or GED or transcript evaluation equivalence and 18 years of age.
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • CPR

Coursework

  • CPR for Health Professionals (EMSP 1019) - 7 hours
  • EKG (ECRD 1011) - 60 hours
Course offerings vary by semester.