Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Certification CET

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Electrocardiograph EKG Technician

Quick Facts: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists
2012 Median Pay $60,350 per year
$29.02 per hour
Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 110,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 39% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 42,700

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results that diagnostic imaging workers produce help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.


Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, typically do the following:

  • Prepare patients for procedures by taking a patient’s history and answering any questions about the procedure
  • Prepare and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Operate equipment to obtain diagnostic images or conduct tests
  • Analyze the images or test results to check for quality and adequate coverage of the areas needed for diagnoses
  • Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images and other diagnostic information
  • Analyze diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians
  • Record findings and keep track of patients’ records

Cardiovascular technicians work closely with cardiovascular technologists. Technicians who specialize in electrocardiogram (EKG) testing are known as cardiographic or electrocardiogram (EKG) technicians. EKG machines monitor the heart's performance through electrodes attached to a patient’s chest, arms, and legs. The tests can be done while the patient is at rest or while the patient is physically active. For a stress test, the patient walks on a treadmill and the technician gradually increases the speed to observe the effect of increased exertion.

Although health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with registered nurses and other health care professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

Diagnostic medical sonographers held about 58,800 jobs in 2012. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, held about 51,600 jobs in 2012. Most diagnostic imaging workers were employed in hospitals in 2012, while others worked in health care settings such as physician’s offices and medical and diagnostic laboratories.

Diagnostic imaging workers complete most of their work at diagnostic imaging machines in dimly lit rooms, but they also may perform procedures at patients' bedsides. They may be on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled.

Work Schedules

Most diagnostic imaging workers work full time. Because they work in facilities that are always open, some may work evenings, weekends, or overnight.

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Program

The median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, was $52,070 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,830, and the top 10 percent earned more than $80,790.

Cardiovascular technician prospects will be best for those with a Electrocardiograph EKG Technician certification.

Most cardiovascular technologists and technicians workers work full time. Because they work in facilities that are always open, some may work evenings, weekends, or overnight.

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will use it to replace more invasive, costly procedures. Technological advances and less expensive equipment now allow more procedures to be done outside of hospitals. Third-party payers encourage the use of these noninvasive measures over invasive ones.

Although hospitals remain the primary employer of diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and vascular technologists, employment is projected to grow more rapidly in physicians' offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories. Employment in these health care settings is projected to increase because of a shift toward outpatient care whenever possible.

As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and tumors—will likely increase, and imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses. Additionally, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care. Diagnostic imaging workers will continue to be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22 is as follows:

Diagnostic medical sonographers 46%
Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists 39%
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 30%
Total, all occupations 11%

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.

Adapted in part from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/health care/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm (visited February 22, 2014).

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Program Features

The NAHCEU Online learning platform is packed full of media-based activities and exercises including educational videos and simulations, collaborative class discussions and interactive activities with the same personalized attention and student-teacher interaction support as a tradition classroom-based education. It is the most intuitive user experience available today for any learning system and you can conveniently utilize it at your leisure 24 hours a day.

NAHCEU Online Program Features:

  • Online CET Learning Platform: Prepares students for national EKG certification examination. Checkpoint Questions and student CD exercises correlated to the Learning Outcomes make the learning process interactive and promote increased comprehension. The variety of materials included with the program provides for multiple learning styles and ensures student success.
  • Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test and progress reports.
  • Students can access all their course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
  • Preparation for Certification and guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the NHA (NCCA) and other certification examinations.
  • NAHCEU Online CET Learning Platform with Ebook w/ Text Hard Copy.
  • Certified EKG Technician CET Exam online Study Guide.
  • Certified EKG Technician CET Exam online Practice Test.
  • 12-Lead Interpretation in a simple step-by-step format. The how-to on ischemia, injury & infarction, axis deviation, left ventricular hypertrophy, bundle branch block, and action potential.
  • Coverage detailing attaching a patient to a Cardiac Monitor. This skill reinforces the 3 limbs referenced in Einthoven's Triangle and gives the Lead II view referenced for Rhythm Interpretation.
  • Quick reference cards at the end of the text include the 5-step Process and dysrhythmia categories, plus common 12-Lead connection locations and more!
  • Concept Check-ups follow each topic and break down learning outcomes into manageable subject material with unlimited practice before exams and quizzes.
  • Focal Points and key term definitions appear in the margins throughout the text to spotlight critical data necessary to master end-of-chapter review quizzes.

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Required Courses:

NAHCEU will accept transfer credit for traditional course work you have successfully completed as documented on an official transcript. Courses must be similar in nature to one of our undergraduate academic programs to receive transfer credit.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: The Electrocardiogram (EKG), History Of The EKG, Role Of An Electrocardiographer, How EKGs Are Used, What You Need To Know To Perform An EKG, Troubleshooting.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Circulation And The EKG, Anatomy Of The Heart, Principles Of Circulation, The Cardiac Cycle, Conduction System Of The Heart, Electrical Stimulation And The EKG Waveform.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Producing The EKG Waveform, EKG Machines, EKG Controls, Electrodes, EKG Graph Paper, Calculating Heart Rate.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Overview of Body Systems , Integumentary System , Skeletal System , Muscular System , Lymphatic and Immune Systems , Respiratory System , Digestive System , Nervous System , Endocrine System , Cardiovascular System , Urinary System , Reproductive System .

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Preparation For The EKG Procedure, Communicating With The Patient, Identifying Anatomical Landmarks, Applying The Electrodes And Leads, Safety And Infection Control, Operating The EKG Machine, Checking The EKG Tracing, Reporting EKG Results, Equipment Maintenance, Pediatric EKG, Cardiac Monitoring, Special Patient Considerations, Handling Emergencies.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Rhythm Interpretation, Identifying The Components Of The Rhythm, Rhythms Originating From The Sinus Node, Sinus Bradycardia, Sinus Tachycardia, Sinus Dysrhythmia, Sinus Arrest.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Introduction To Atrial Dysrhythmias, Premature Atrial Complexes, Wandering Atrial Pacemaker, Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia, Flutter, Atrial Fibrillation.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Introduction To Junctional Dysrhythmias, Premature Junctional Complex (PJC), Junctional Escape Rhythm, Accelerated Junctional Rhythm, Junctional Tachycardia Rhythm, Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT).

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Introduction To Heart Block Dysrhythmias, First Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block, Second Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block, Mobitz I (Type I Or Wenckebach), Second Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block, Type II (Mobitz II), Third Degree Atrioventricular (AV) Block (Complete).

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Introduction To Ventricular Dysrhythmias, Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVCs), Agonal Rhythm, Idioventricular Rhythm, Accelerated Idioventricular Rhythm, Ventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Fibrillation, Asystole.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Introduction To Pacemaker Rhythms, Evaluating Pacemaker Function, Pacemaker Complications Relative To The EKG Tracing, Introduction To Bundle Branch Block Dysrhythmias.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: What Is Exercise Electrocardiography?, Why Is Exercise Electrocardiography Used?, Variations Of Exercise Electrocardiography, Preparing The Patient For Exercise Electrocardiography, Providing Safety, Performing Exercise Electrocardiography, Common Protocols, Following Exercise Electrocardiography.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: What Is Ambulatory Monitoring?, How Is Ambulatory Monitoring Used?, Functions And Variations, Educating The Patient, Preparing The Patient, Applying An Ambulatory Monitor, Removing An Ambulatory Monitor And Reporting Results.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: Coronary Arteries, Cardiac Symptoms, Atypical Patient Presentation, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, Cardiac Patient Assessment And Immediate Treatment, Further Treatment For The Cardiac Patient.

(1 Earned Credit)

Modules include: The Views Of A Standard 12-Lead EKG And Major Vessels, Ischemia, Injury, And Infarction, Electrical Axis, Bundle Branch Block, Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (LVH).

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NAHCEU Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Diploma

NAHCEU Diploma tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of education and credentials recognition and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. Our graduates receive the highest levels of continuing education and credentials recognition required to pursue jobs in the high demanding field of Phlebotomy. After program completion your Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential. It will also be an earned academic credit towards other certification or degree programs.

Certified Electrocardiograph EKG Technician CET National Certification

Our advanced Electrocardiograph EKG Technician meets the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. After successful completion of the program you will receive the NAHCEU Phlebotomy Technician Diploma and be eligible to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Exam for National Certification.

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Health Career Association, Inc.

In order to qualify as a candidate for NAHCEU Sponsored Certification Testing an individual must obtain one of the following:

  • NAHCEU Certified Electrocardiograph EKG Technician CET Diploma
  • Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Program or School.
  • Confirmed employment by a medical facility as a EKG Technician for a minimum of 2 years.

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Training and Certification

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Cost Per Credit $63
Number of Credits 15 credits
Total Tuition Cost $945.00

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2014 September Bi-Semester Start Date
September 1, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
August 29, 2014

October 6

2014 October Semester Start Date
October 6, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
October 3, 2014

November 17

2014 November Bi-Semester Start Date
November 17, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
November 14, 2014

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