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Electrocardiography Technician

This short-term training program is designed to prepare students to perform non-invasive electrocardiography procedures, identify rhythms, and perform 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG, or EKG). The program can be completed in one semester.

The Electrocardiography Technician Training Program is available to students who are high school graduates (or GED completers) interested in a health career working in a hospital or clinic. This program is intended for students with an employment or educational background in the healthcare field or students preparing to enter a healthcare degree program. Learning to perform non-invasive electrocardiography procedures and identifying rhythms will be a valuable addition to the skill set of today's healthcare worker. Students who successfully complete NA 122 and NA 125 are eligible to receive the Electrocardiography Technician Certificate of Completion, NU 073.

What Will I Learn?

Lecture topics include the anatomy and physiology of the heart, techniques for performing a 12-lead EKG, identifying rhythms and rhythm abnormalities, and how cardiac medications affect an EKG.

What is Unique About Our Electrocardiography Technician Program?

After successful completion of the lecture/lab course (NA 122), students will attend the clinical training practicum component of the program (NA 125). During this time, students complete one 40-hour week with an EKG Technician at an area hospital. Students will perform EKG’s under the guidance of a preceptor, where they can apply what was learned in the classroom to the clinical setting. Upon completion of NA 122 and NA 125, students are encouraged to write for national certification with Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

This program prepares students to function as an:

  • EKG Technician in a hospital
  • EKG Technician in a outpatient clinical setting

When combined with other certificates (such as Certified Nurse Assistant or Phlebotomy Technician), successful completion of this program can lead to increased job opportunities. Many employers are looking for individuals with multiple skills to function as part of their health care team. 

Additional Information

Due to the popularity of these courses, a closed registration system has been developed. To be considered for this program, students must complete and submit a program application by the due date, which varies depending on the semester of interest (see link). The course requirements must be on file with the college in order to be considered for the program (please refer to the course descriptions link for pre-requisites). Based on seat availability, students will be selected by a random lottery system. Students selected for the program will receive more information, including a checklist of health requirements needed in preparation for the clinical experience. It is the student's responsibility to meet the deadline for all course/health requirements. Urine drug screen results must be negative, and the criminal background check report must be clear of any criminal convictions.

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