Become a Certified EKG Technician
If you're interested in working in healthcare as an electrocardiography (EKG) technician, this 100% online course can help you get ready! You'll learn how to apply, monitor, and measure EKG tests, and after you finish the course, you can choose to take a certification exam.
Here's why you might want to consider this career: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for EKG technicians will grow by 24% by 2029, which is faster than many other jobs.
When it comes to pay, EKG technicians make a median annual salary of $56,850, and some earn over $93,000 each year.
In this course, you'll:
- Learn what EKG technicians do and how to do the job.
- Work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide essential care.
- Get ready to take either the American Education Certification Association's (AECA) provisional Certified EKG Technician Specialist (CETS) exam OR the National Healthcareer Association's (NHA) Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam.
- Receive job assistance from an Externship Coordinator and access to a special Externship Starter Kit.
To enroll in this online course, you'll need one of the following: a high school diploma, a GED®, or an equivalent qualification; an entrance test; or prior healthcare experience. To be eligible for the certification exam, you must have a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification. Before registering, please make sure to check your state's specific requirements.
Some of the topics covered in this training include:
- Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
- Infection Control
- Communication and Legal Issues in Healthcare
- History of EKG
- EKG Introduction
- EKG Interpretation
- EKG Application Theory
- EKG Application Procedure
Jacqueline Garcia is a Certified Post-Secondary Professional Instructor (CPPI) specializing in patient care education. Beyond actively training future patient care technicians, she develops academic content and curricula for a number of programs.
This self-paced course costs only $1,995 and is available 100% online through our curriculum partner ed2go. You can start at any time!
Certified EKG Technician FAQs
EKG technicians play a crucial role in healthcare teams. They are responsible for conducting cardiovascular tests, such as checking vital signs, responding quickly in emergencies, using EKG machines, and recognizing heart rhythms. Their work is essential in healthcare settings.
More than 80% of employers looking for EKG technicians ask for certification. When you finish this EKG Technician training course, you'll be well-prepared to take one of two national certification exams. You can decide to go for AECA's provisional Certified EKG Technician Specialist (CETS) exam or the NHA's Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam.
According to the National Healthcareer Association, some common titles for EKG technicians include:
- Monitor Technician
- Telemetry Technician
- Biomedical Equipment Technician
EKG technicians must accurately read, monitor, and report EKG tests. They also need to communicate effectively with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, operate electrocardiography equipment, interpret data, perform calculations, and empathize with patients, understanding the challenges and stress they may face.