An EKG technician is a medical professional who administers tests to record and analyze electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. A technician typically works in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital and often runs the tests as a regular part of pre-surgery screening. Tests are also commonly performed by the technician as part of a general physical examination of a middle-aged person or one who has experienced past cardiovascular problems. Our course prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and nurses, to administer EKG and ECG diagnostic examinations and report results to the treatment team. To conduct a basic EKG test, the technician relaxes the patient as much as possible to get the most accurate results. S/He attaches three to 12 electrodes to specific points on the patient's legs, chest, and arms. A nearby EKG machine reads the impulses generated by the electrodes. The test results, which are displayed as wave tracings, are printed onto paper. The technician reviews them and ordinarily highlights areas of concern before giving them to a physician for analysis.
To take this course, you should have one of the following: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, or previous healthcare experience preferred. To qualify for the certification exam, a High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
This comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASET – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, students will practice with EKG 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.
I. Introduction to EKG / Phlebotomy
Start date: Revolving
Duration: 6 Weeks
Days: Tuesday and Thursday