Electrocardiograph (EKG/ECG) Technician

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Program Info

  • Length Of Study:

    3 weeks

  • Career Level:

    Gateway / Entry Level

  • Online Type:

    Asynchronous / Hybrid

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About

EKG technicians perform cardiac (heart) testing under a doctor's supervision using an electrocardiogram or EKG. EKG technicians prepare equipment and patients, perform tests, and record heart functions on an electrocardiograph.

An EKG Tech will use heart health and conditions knowledge to review the patient’s medical history, ensuring each patient’s results are the most informative and accurate readings possible.

Advanced EKG technicians can perform Holter tests, which record heart function for 24 to 48 hours. They also perform treadmill stress tests to monitor heart function.

Length of Study

3 weeks

Prerequisites

This program is part of a bundle for either a Medical Assistant program or the Emergency Room Technician program. Students will need to connect with their coach for program succession.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the EKG Program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology of the major body systems with an emphasis on the Cardiovascular system
  • Describe and explain the Electrical Physiology of the Heart
  • Identify and discuss medications that are associated with the Cardiovascular system.
  • Understand and demonstrate the basic skills to accurately take a patient’s vital signs, including a Blood Pressure measurement.
  • Identify and Perform basic EKG Skills. This includes utilizing various EKG machines, such as the 3-lead, 5-lead, and 12-lead EKG machines.
  • Identify and discuss Waveforms, calculating heart rates, Determining Heart Rhythm, and Einthoven’s Graphic Identification system.
  • Develop the ability to recognize Artifacts on an EKG, understand the errors, and prevent them.
  • Recognize arrhythmias.
  • Students will learn to describe Pacemakers, name the chambers of the heart that the pacemaker may pace, explain how pacemakers can initiate impulses, and assess pacemaker function.
  • Students will learn about the Holter Monitor, its monitoring, and Placement on patients.
  • The graduate will be able to sit for the National EKG Technician Certification Exam.

Online Type

Asynchronous / Hybrid

Credential Awarded

Certificate of Completion

Occupation

Electrocardiograph (EKG/ECG) Technician

Career Level

Gateway / Entry Level

Student Support

  • Each of our educational partners will offer student support services, and you will have access to their respective student handbooks
  • Along your scholar journey, your assigned Futuro Health Coach will give you more coaching and help.

Student Cost

  • Futuro Health supports the mission to expand the broadest network of healthcare professionals through our generous annual financial support.
  • The Futuro Health Scholarship Fund will pay the entire tuition for scholars who enroll in this program in 2023.
  • There will be some minimum out-of-pocket expenses for the application and enrollment processes for scholars. Here is a list of these expenses:
    • $150 non-refundable application fee for Jump Start coursework and gateway training program.
  • For additional optional benefits, students can join SEIU-Healthcare UHW's Justice Division. The monthly fee for this SEIU-UHW membership is $20. Current SEIU-UHW members are exempt from paying this $20 monthly fee.

Fast Facts

Job Outlook

EKG technicians make a median salary of $56,850, with a 22% growth in 2024.

Work Environment

EKG Techs are in high demand in hospitals, private practices, long-term care facilities, outpatient care centers, diagnostic and medical laboratories, and ambulatory healthcare settings. EKG certification, combined with other training such as emergency medical technician and phlebotomy, can work in the emergency room as Emergency Room Technician.

Career Opportunities

Advanced EKG technicians can become Cardiovascular Technicians, Cardiovascular Technologists, or Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists (RCIS) with additional education. Emergency Room Technician, when combined with other training, emergency medical technician, and phlebotomy.

Duties

  • Ensuring the safety and comfort of patients.
  • Performing cardiovascular tests on patients.
  • Keeping patients informed on every step of the procedure.
  • Identifying and diagnosing heart conditions.
  • Monitor patient blood pressure.
  • Collecting cardiovascular data for analysis by doctors.
  • Work alongside doctors and nurses.
  • Maintaining high hospital safety standards.
  • Monitoring EKG equipment and reporting any malfunctions.

Day in the Life

On average, an EKG technician will perform many health tests by measuring the heart’s electrical impulses. They will attach electrodes to specific parts of the patient’s body to receive and record these transmissions. Before performing these routine tests, an EKG technician will review the patient’s medical history.

The EKG tech may conduct pre-surgery tests in patients’ rooms in acute medical settings. In ambulatory care settings, patients may need a test due to complaints of chest discomfort or pain.

Enrollment

Minimum Qualifications

  • Upon acceptance to a program with Futuro Health, will you seek a job in the field for which you are being trained?
  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you able to provide proof of high school diploma/GED or equivalency?
  • Are you legally allowed to work in the United States?
  • Are you able to pass a background check with no felony conviction?
  • Are you willing to commit 3-5 hours per day (estimated at 20+ hours per week) of study time for your coursework?
  • Do you have regular access to high-speed Internet?
  • Do you have regular access to a computer or laptop less than seven years old?
  • Do you have proficiency in English fluency reading and comprehension?
  • If applicable, are you comfortable working with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, and mucus?

Preferred Qualifications

  • Family or friend referred by a member of SEIU-UHW who is in good standing.
  • How would others describe your level of attention to detail on written documents?
  • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? I see myself as dependable/self-disciplined.
  • How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? I see myself as disorganized/careless.

Additional Requirements

Students must be enrolled in the Medical Assistant 3-in-1 bundle, Medical Assistant 2-in-1 bundle, or the Emergency Room Tech bundle.