EKG Technician

Certified EKG Technician (CET)

Not only are job prospects for the health sector growing, but as our population ages, many patients require more tests for chest pain and heart disease. As an EKG Technician you will perform non-invasive electrocardiogram (EKG) procedures. An EKG monitors a patient’s heart electrical impulse. You will identify abnormalities in EKG tracings and recognize arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms.  

This 64-hour program consists of: 

  • Cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • Proper safety and operation of EKG equipment
  • Performing an EKG reading
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Using a Holter Monitor
  • Introduction to 12-lead EKG
  • CPR instruction

Successful completion will allow students to enter into a career as an electrocardiogram technician and take the National Healthcareer Association certified EKG Technician (CET) exam.

Work Environment

To be successful as an EKG technician, an individual must enjoy working with people, be able to respond to potential emergency situations, possess critical thinking and decision-making skills and be able to follow detailed procedures. EKG technicians work in doctor's offices or cardiovascular clinics and hospitals as part of a medical team.  Technicians typically work in situations that can be stressful for the patient, since the patient may have had a recent stroke or ongoing chest pains.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

  • 18 years of age with a High School diploma or GED
  • Ability to physically position patients and accurately place EKG electrodes

Potential Job Titles

  • EKG technician
  • ECG technician
  • Telemetry technician
  • Nursing station technician
  • Monitor technician

Instructors

  • Jay Reeves; BS, NREMT-P Instructor
    jay.reeves@dctc.edu

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