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EKG, technicians operate specialized medical equipment to obtain diagnostic information for physicians. You may want to look closely at this career if you seek a secure job in health care that doesn’t require years of costly training. In just a few months, you could be a member of the medical profession conducting EKG diagnostic tests needed by physicians to save lives.
This comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT – 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.
Course Contact Hours: 50 hrs.
Class Schedule: June 26th – August 14th, 2018
T/Th: 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuition: $999/ Textbooks included.
A typical day for an EKG technician involves conversing with patients while gathering valuable information on the overall functioning of their hearts. EKG technicians start by obtaining a medical history from the patient and gently explaining the procedures to follow. Next, lead electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest and extremities to observe patterns and fluctuations in heart rate and blood pressure.
Usually, EKG tests are done with the patient lying down. Stress tests are performed while the patient walks on a treadmill. The EKG technician closely observes heart functioning while treadmill speed is steadily increased to measure the effects of exertion. Printouts of EKG data are prepared and presented, with unusual readings noted for the physician who will review the EKG test results.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes EKG technicians in the category of cardiovascular technologists and technicians. Professionals in this category earn a median salary of $55,570, as reported by BLS in 2016, meaning that half earned more than $55,570, and half earned less. The lowest paid 10 percent on the median wage scale earn less than $28,650, whereas the highest paid made over $89,450.
Most EKG technicians work full time in hospitals. Other opportunities are found in doctors' offices, medical laboratories, and outpatient clinics. The work requires stamina due to frequent standing and positioning patients with disabilities for an EKG. Shifts can include working days, evenings and weekends because hospitals continually need diagnostic testing, such as for suspected heart attacks.
Job Growth Outlook
The BLS projects that job openings for cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technicians, will increase 10% from 2016 to 2026 – faster than the average rate of other occupations. Job openings for cardiovascular technicians, in general, are expected to grow as the large baby boomer population ages.