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Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Certification

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Certification Training Program

NAHCEU College of Allied Health is among the nations leading health care Certification Training providers. NAHCEU Certification Training Programs are designed for committed and knowledgeable health care professionals and structured around convenient, flexible, and affordable online courses. Our certificate programs allow for working adults to balance education with work and other obligations while expanding career opportunities and increasing income potential. 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.

Electrocardiograph ( EKG ) Technicians work closely with cardiovascular technologists. Technicians who specialize in electrocardiogram (EKG) testing are known as cardiographic or electrocardiograph (EKG) technicians. Electrocardiograph ( EKG ) Technicians conduct procedures and manage equipment that tests, monitors and documents electrical activity of a patients' cardiovascular system. These test are used to assist cardiologists and physicians in identifying and treating cardiac and blood vessel abnormalities. These procedures are non-invasive and usually conducted as part of a routine examination before surgical procedures. These types of test include standard electrocardiogram exams, 12-lead placement, cardiac catheterization, Holter monitoring, phonocardiography, stress testing, and vectorcardiography. The tests also detect and diagnose medical illnesses such as coronary artery disease, angina, arrhythmias and pericarditis.

The electrocardiograph technician is initially responsible for informing the patient about an upcoming test and documenting the patients base information about the patients medical history, medication use and vital signs. Then the Electrocardiography Technician describes the procedure to patient and attaches electrodes to the chest, arms, and legs to prepare them for the EKG tests. The electrodes are then connected to an electrocardiograph or Holter monitor, which measures and records electrical pulses from the heart. The results of the activity are displayed printouts or computer monitors for the doctors analysis. Electrocardiography technicians monitor patients for the duration of EKG tests and make adjustments to EKG machines to get accurate results. As soon as a test is completed, the technician removes the electrodes, assures the patient's vital signs are stable, and relays the results to a physician. Many technicians give assistance to doctors in analyzing the results to make accurate diagnoses of heart issues.

Quick Facts: Electrocardiograph EKG Technicians, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Cardiovascular and Vascular Technicians
2012 Median Pay $52,070 per year
The top 10% earn $80,790 per year
The lower 10% earn $27,830 per year
Number of Jobs, 2012 110,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 39% (As fast average)
Number of Jobs, 2022 153,200
Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Certification

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Online Program

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.

  •  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.
  •  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 Certification

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Program Required Courses:

(3 Credits) This study course presents a logical understanding of the language of medicine introducing building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling, pronunciation, and knowing the correct definitions of many medical terms:
  • standard prefixes
  • suffixes
  • word roots
  • rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied
  • including spelling
  • word analysis
  • word building
  • pronunciation
These principles are applied to the study of the following systems :
  • muscle/joints
  • blood and lymphatic
  • nervous
  • integument
  • skeletal
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular
(3 Credits) This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology and focuses on the human body as a living, functioning, organism. The emphasis is on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities such as eating, learning, and responding to stress. As each of the bodys many parts is described, its interaction with other structures and its role in the organism are discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
  • List in sequence the levels of biological organization in the human body
  • Describe the anatomical position of the human body
  • Define and locate the principal regions and cavities of the body
  • Describe the stages of a cells life cycle
  • List and describe the functions of the skin
  • List and describe the functions of the skeletal system
  • Describe the structure of muscle
  • Distinguish between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system
  • Describe the structure and function of the main parts of the brain
(6 credits)
Role Of The Electrocardiography

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.

The Cardiovascular System

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.

The Electrocardiograph

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

Body Systems and Related Laboratory Tests

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.

Performing An EKG

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.

Rhythm Strip Interpretation And Sinus Rhythms

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

Exercise Electrocardiography

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.

Basic 12-Lead EKG Interpretation

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).

(6 credits)
Atrial Dysrhythmias

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

Junctional Dysrhythmias

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

Heart Block Dysrhythmias

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).

Rhythms Originating From The Ventricles

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

Pacemaker Rhythms And Bundle Branch Block

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

Ambulatory Monitoring

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.

Clinical Management Of The Cardiac Patient

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.


Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Certification

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 Electrocardiography. 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 Electrocardiograph Technician Diploma and be eligible to sit for the Certified Electrocardiograph 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 Certification

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Careers

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.


Adapted in part from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at (visited September 08, 2014).

Electrocardiograph EKG Technician Training and Certification

All associated fees are included in the price of tuition. Ebooks and Optional textbook hard copy purchased separately.

All Tracks Online Learning Platform
Cost Per Credit $54
Core Credits 6 credits
Tuition Cost $324.00
Major Credits 12 credits
Tuition Cost $648.00

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