Are you passionate about saving lives? Become a critical member of the patient care team and one of the first to assist patients experiencing cardiac symptoms. EKG technicians perform diagnostic tests to aid doctors in identifying and treating cardiovascular problems in patients. These tests help detect irregularities that may result in a heart attack or heart disease.
High school diploma or equivalent, completion of our Basic Skills Assessment and submission of the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.
The Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here. You will be directed to the program application after completing the skills assessment.
What You’ll Learn
- Anatomy of the cardiovascular system
- Lead placement
- Types of rhythms
- Myocardial infarction
- HIPAA security and privacy
- 12-lead EKG placement
- Heart rate calculation
- Rhythm strip interpretation
An EKG Technician checks the following:
- The heart’s general electrical activity
- For causes of shortness of breath, fainting, dizziness, or irregular heartbeat. These may indicate heart disease.
- For causes of unexplained chest pain. This may indicate a heart attack.
- To see if the wall of the heart is too thick
- To see if any mediation you may be taking is affecting the heart
- General health of the heart when other diseases are being treated
This two-month, 70-hour certificate program will assist you in preparing for the National Healthcareer Association Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam.
“I heard a lot of good things about the medical programs at KSU and started out as an undergraduate aspiring to enter the nursing program. My focus and schedule shifted, and I ended up choosing the path provided by continuing education. The instructors all had different backgrounds which was great along with the real-world experience the programs provided. It gave me the experience to work in a hospital and become a nurse.”
— Melissa Amavisca, graduate
- Interest-free payment plans available on a case-by-case basis
- VA Education Benefits
- WIOA funding
- Continuing education loans
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about this program.
- Cardiac unit of hospitals
- Private cardiology offices
- Emergency departments
— Through 2022, the employment rate of all cardiovascular technicians is expected to increase by 30%. As the population ages, older people will require more EKGs, since heart disease and other cardiovascular problems become more prevalent with age (Bureau of Labor Statistics).