EKG Technicians perform electrocardiograms and are one of the first people to assist patients experiencing cardiac symptoms. EKG Technicians are a critical member of the patient care team found in physician offices, emergency rooms, and hospital-based cardiology clinics across the country. EKGs are also performed before and after operations, during physical examinations of patients over 40, for patients with a history of heart disease, when patients are experiencing chest pains, and when the doctor deems it necessary.
The EKG Technician Certificate includes theory and hands-on instruction during the seven-week program. Students will learn anatomy of the cardiovascular system, electrophysiology, lead placement, types of rhythms, AV blocks, and myocardial infarction. Students will also learn the basics of HIPAA security and privacy as it relates to the profession. Hands-on training in 12-lead EKG placement, heart rate calculation, and rhythm strip interpretation are also performed. Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, nursing or physician assistant school applicants, prospective patient care technicians, current nurses, or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program. This certificate program will assist students in preparing for the National Healthcareer Association Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam. Exam fee and textbook are additional. Textbook is required at the first class meeting and is available at the KSU Center Bookstore.
Define the structure of the cardiovascular system
Define medical terms and abbreviations related to the cardiovascular system and electrocardiograms
Explain basic EKG tracing, rate, rhythm, and abnormalities
Administer an electrocardiogram
Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalency. Working knowledge of computers and access to computer and Internet are required.
Those interested in obtaining a Patient Care Technician (CPCT) national certification may be eligible to take the national exam upon successful completion of the following certificate programs offered by KSU: Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician. Experience may be substituted in lieu of a KSU Certificate and will be evaluated by the testing organization on an individual basis as criteria for meeting the exam eligibility requirements.