EKG Technician

EKG Technician

The EKG technician or Cardiographic technician has a vital role in cardiac care. It is the EKG technician’s responsibility to properly conduct the test that interprets the electrical activity of the heart and relay the results to doctors and cardiologists so that heart problems and irregularities can be identified and accurately diagnosed. The EKG is a non-invasive procedure that involves attaching electrodes to the skin’s surface to record the activity of the heart and the rate and regularity of heartbeats. The EKG also measures the position and size of the heart’s four chambers, uncovers any heart damage, and monitors the effectiveness of treatments used to regulate the heart, namely medications or pacemakers. The reading that comes from the test the EKG tech administers is called an electrocardiogram.

EKG technicians can be found working at a variety of health facilities including hospitals, cardiologists’ offices, general practitioners’ offices, and inpatient and outpatient facilities. Potential students interested in becoming an EKG technician can enroll in an online allied health program and earn their Electrocardiograph Technician Diploma program in as little as six months.


Because the electrocardiogram is so up close and personal, EKG technician candidates should have a desire to work closely with patients and be aware of the challenges and expectations that they will encounter in this field. EKG technicians work with patients who are either suffering with serious cardiac issues,  or who are in the process of assessing the state of their cardiac health. In any case, it is normal for patients to be apprehensive and a calm, tactful, and kind EKG technician can help ease their fears.

For EKG technicians who are employed in emergency rooms and hospitals, EKGs will often need to be administered speedily and accurately to determine whether a patient is having a heart attack – the ability for an EKG technician to deal with high-stress situations is desirable. It is crucial for EKG technicians to correctly position electrodes on the body in order to accurately perform diagnostic electrocardiograms and record test information.

After informing the patient about how the EKG will proceed, the EKG technician is responsible for monitoring the patient during the test, staying alert for any abnormalities that must be reported immediately, and relaying test results to the attending physician at the conclusion of the EKG.

EKG Technicians or Cardiographic technicians generally work a 40-hour work week. They usually work in hospitals. The outlook is good for this career, as cardiovascular technology and technician jobs are expected to grow at 24% throughout 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As the aging population grows and heart disease is on the rise, the need for such technicians will only grow. Hospitals may use fewer EKG technicians if they train aides to perform basic EKGs, but you could always add to your experience and gain training to perform Holter monitoring and stress testing, which will advance your prospects. The mean annual salary EKG technicians ranges from $23,348 to $35,036, according to payscale.com.

This could be a great entry-level job into health care with many potential avenues for advancement.

Job Description

An EKG Technician is an individual, who assist physicians in diagnosing as well as treating heart or cardiac, and blood vessel or peripheral vascular ailments. They are also referred to as cardiovascular technicians or electrocardiograph technician. EKG technician operates and is responsible for the total care of test devices or equipment. They explain procedures and processes to patient, and compare findings to the standards to determine any problems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Producing recordings of electromotive instant variations in heart muscle of patient, using electrocardiograph to provide information for diagnosis of all heart ailments.
  • Scheduling appointments, monitoring heart rates of patients, and reviewing physicians’ renditions of patient files.
  • Moving electrodes along particular area of chest to record electromotive variations happening in various heart muscles’ areas.
  • Attaching electrodes to chest, legs, and arms of patient and connecting electrode leads to ECG machine.
  • Refilling paper supply and ink in equipment or machine and reporting nay equipment malfunctions.
  • Monitoring electrocardiogram for normal and abnormal patterns.
  • Attaching electrodes of electrocardiograph or Holter monitor to patient in order to record information over extended period.
  • Marking traces to indicate places of chest electrodes and entering information into machine.
  • Editing and forwarding final test outcomes to attending physician or health care professional to analyze and interpret data.
  • Performing assessments on patients of various conditions and ages, considering the physical and physiological needs of every patient.
  • Developing and maintaining positive interpersonal relations with other department personnel.
  • Skills and Specifications
  • Knowledge of various tests to diagnose heart ailments.
  • Knowledge of processes to obtain technically diagnostic prints.
  • Ability to manage complex work environment.
  • Effective communication and good interpersonal skills.
  • Should be able to liaise effectively with all users.

Education and Qualifications

Associate’s degree or high school diploma in health care related field from an accredited institution. Certification in EKG technology is an added advantage.

Program Overview

The EKG Technician Program prepares students to perform EKG’s. This self-paced, mentor-supported course will include information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing.

The EKG Technician program prepares students to function as EKG technicians. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart
  • Medical disease processes and terminology
  • Medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact
  • Electrocardiography and echocardiography
  • An introduction to the components, function, and proper use of the EKG machine
  • The normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement
  • 12-lead placement and other practices

EKG Technician Detailed Course Information:

  • Role of the EKG technician
  • Function of the EKG department in a variety of settings (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
  • Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
  • Care and safety of patients including medical and legal aspects of patient care
  • Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system
  • Electrophysiology, the conduction system of the heart, and the cardiac cycle
  • Circulation of blood through the heart and vessels
  • Lead placement for 12-lead electrocardiography
  • Basic EKG interpretation of normal rhythms and arrhythmias
  • EKG troubleshooting including recognizing artifacts
  • Waves and measurements
  • EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave-form interpretation)
  • Identification of rhythms using the 12-lead EKG
  • Pacemakers
  • Holter monitoring and the echocardiogram

Students who complete this comprehensive course will receive a certificate of completion from AHDPG and would be prepared to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National HealthCareer Association (NHA). Check your state requirements prior to enrolling.


The EKG Technician Program program fee is an all-inclusive fee which covers everything a student needs to successfully complete our program. Our program fee covers:

  • Tuition
  • Textbooks
  • Materials
  • Course fees.

This EKG Technician Program prepares students to perform EKG’s. This course will include information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing.

Program Title:  EKG Technician Program


Students who complete this comprehensive course will receive a certificate of completion from AHDPG and would be prepared to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National HealthCareer Association (NHA). Check your state requirements prior to enrolling.

Funding Options

Option 1 – Pay Upfront Plan – Save 10%!
The pay upfront program offers a 10% discount off the standard cost of our program for those individuals who are willing to pay upfront for their education.

Option 2 – Military Discount – Save 10%
As a Military Friendly School a 10% discount is available to active military personnel and their spouses.

*The Pay Upfront Plan and the Military Discount cannot be combined and is limited to only one discount 

Option 3 – Monthly Payment Plan
The monthly payment plan includes a one-time initial payment of $295 due at time of enrollment with the balance billed in monthly installments. A 3% payment processing fee applies, and payments are automatically deducted from your credit card or bank account. Contact Admissions for details.

Option 4 – MyCAA Funding Program
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EKG Technician Certification (CET)

As a Certified EKG Technician, you’ll operate machines that record the electrical activity of a patient’s heart. EKG rhythms provide important data for the diagnosis of heart conditions.

As a CET, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Set up and administer EKGs, stress tests
  • Prepare patients for Holter, or ambulatory monitoring
  • Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
  • Schedule appointments
  • Transcribe physicians’ interpretations

Benefits to obtaining an EKG Technician Certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, job security, and increased subject matter expertise. 

More information on the EKG Technician Certification (CET) exam


Q: How much can I earn as a EKG Technician?

Q: What should I look for in choosing the best program for myself?

 If you are going to invest money, time and effort do your homework. Make sure the curriculum is approved by the industry’s leading authorities – the National HealthCareer Association. Ensure that the instructors have relevant industry experience and find out how many of them have actually worked themselves and for how long. And most importantly, understand the difference between training and workforce development. Anyone can “teach” you; a workforce development company gives you the knowledge you need and provides the coaching, mentoring and feedback to turn it into a career.   

Q: Why can’t I just enroll in any EKG Technician program?

Let’s face it: some people are not qualified to teach a course and some programs do not include the all the information a student needs to be successfully employed. In fact, this is why the National HealthCareer Association partners with training organizations—to give individuals all the information they need in choosing the right program. Also, you should want a program that can provide you the knowledge and skills required by today’s employers- Let’s face it…you’re not doing this for fun…your ultimate goal is not to GET a job…it’s to be SUCCESSFULLY EMPLOYED!   

Q: What are the admission requirements for AHDPG?

For the EKG Technician program a student must successfully pass our Student Screening Assessment. You must be able to pass this screening assessment with a score of 80 or higher to qualify for enrollment

Q: Is the online EKG Technician training program designed for independent self-study?

Yes. This self-paced, mentor-supported course includes specific course assignments requiring interaction with your instructors to help support and encourage you.

Q: How long does it take to complete the online course?

The course is designed to be completed in 3 months by a student who can commit 10 hours per week to their studies. The amount of time to complete the course ultimately depends on a variety of factors attributable to each student.

Q: Will I have contact with my instructors at AHDPG?

Your instructor will have regular online office hours with e-mail support and telephone availability. You will personally know your instructor.

Q: What does the program fee include?

AHDPG offers the most comprehensive and inclusive program in the industry, The program includes tuition, textbooks and materials, and all course fees.

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