EKG Technician Career

Why consider a career as an EKG technician?

The healthcare industry is experiencing fast growth due to a rapidly aging population and the implementation of new healthcare laws. Monitoring EKG rhythms is an essential part of care for patients who experience heart conditions, during physical exams, or in preparation for surgery. Training and certification as an EKG technician is beneficial in many ways:

  • Provides an important service

    The expertise you provide as an EKG technician is an important part of a patient care plan, especially for the aging population experiencing a higher incidence of heart-related problems.

  • Allows for career growth

    Becoming a certified in EKG technician is a great way to begin your healthcare path. From there you can choose to seek additional training and career advancement as a medical assistant, telemetry technician, cardiovascular technologist, or other healthcare professional.

  • Adds high-demand skills

    If you’re already working in the healthcare industry, adding EKG technician certification is a great skill to add to your arsenal.

  • Prepares for part-time or full-time employment

    As an EKG technician you’ll be able to find a work schedule that suits your needs.

A career as an EKG technician offers the opportunity to earn a great income in a growing healthcare field.


Is Career Step the School for Me?

Over 100,000 Career Step students can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step, and graduate with the skills you need to start working right away. Career Step offers the following benefits:

  • Quick graduation timeline

    Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation are using Career Step’s curriculum to train their employees. Our graduates have even been hired to work remotely right after graduation. Choose training employers prefer!

  • Prepare to get CET certification

    You’ll get the knowledge you need to sit for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification exam. To qualify for exam registration, you will also need to set up a live experience with a local hospital to perform 10 EKGs on a person.

  • Affordable tuition

    With Career Step EKG Technician training, you can develop the expertise you need to excel in your new field for only $499.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to secure a successful EKG technician career as a EKG technician professional.


EKG TECHNICIAN JOB DESCRIPTION AND EARNING POTENTIAL

What Will I Be Doing as an EKG technician?

EKG technicians work in nearly every aspect of healthcare. These trained technicians test the electrical activity of the heart through the proper placement of electrode patches on the patient’s body. The resulting EKG rhythm strips provide valuable data used in diagnosing and monitoring patients with heart conditions.

This EKG Technician program will train students to perform the following tasks:

  • Measure basic vital signs and perform rapid response procedures
  • Operate an EKG machine and interpret output
  • Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing
  • Record Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing
  • Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing

EKG technicians who work in hospitals and other round-the-clock healthcare facilities have the possibility of working night and weekend schedules.

How much can I earn as an EKG technician?

Salaries for EKG technicians vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. Ultimately, the amount you can expect will depend on the type of job you take. You may be able to increase your earning potential by becoming certified.

  • Earn a competitive salary

    The middle 50% of EKG technicians earn between $25,000 and $39,000 a year according to PayScale.

  • Improve your chance of getting hired

    Certification is not generally a requirement, but employers prefer to hire certified EKG technicians.

  • Prepare for a certification exam

    Career Step’s program will give you the knowledge you need to sit for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification exam. To qualify for exam registration, you will also need to set up a live experience with a local hospital to perform 10 EKGs on a person.


EKG TECHNICIAN TRAINING

How long will the training take?

Career Step’s EKG Technician program includes 31 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in less than a month. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 3 months of program access to ensure that you have the time you need to complete your training.

What will I be learning?

The Career Step EKG Thecnician program covers:

  • Healthcare and cardiovascular foundations
  • Preparing the patient and properly applying electrodes for EKG monitoring
  • Performing an EKG
  • Recording leads and identifying rhythms
  • Stress testing and Holter monitoring

The course includes images, exercises, learning games, and highly interactive simulations to prepare you to work as an EKG technician. In order to qualify for exam registration, you will also need to set up a hands-on experience performing EKGs on a person. You will be required to complete a minimum of 10 EKGs before you take the exam. Check with your local hospital to set up your live experience.

Download the program brochure to learn more about the program or review the learning objectives for each module.

EKG TECHNICIAN COURSE TUITION

How Much does the EKG Technician course cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low tuition payment of $499.

This tuition fee entitles you to 3 months of access to the EKG Technician course. The program is designed to be completed in less than a month of full-time study, so we provide you 3 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.

A 1-month course extension is available should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Are payment plans or tuition assistance available?

Payment options are not available for this course.

What is included with my training program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You’ll have:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team

The EKG Technician program includes 31 hours of curriculum.


EKG TECHNICIAN PROGRAM FAQS

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the EKG program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

Do I need to be certified?

EKG certification is not required but employers are increasingly looking to hire certified technicians.

What role do EKG technicians play?

EKG technicians work in many different healthcare settings. These trained technicians perform assessment tests using technology which records the electrical activity of the heart through the proper placement of electrode patches on the patient’s body, and the resulting EKG rhythms provide valuable data used in diagnosing heart conditions.

This EKG Technician program will train students to perform the following tasks:

  • Measure basic vital signs and perform rapid response procedures
  • Operate an EKG machine and interpret output
  • Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing
  • Record lead placement and rhythms identified by the equipment
  • Prepare for, perform, and monitor stress testing and Holter monitoring
What is the job market for EKG technicians?

The growing healthcare industry will add more jobs in the coming years than any other industry.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were over fifty thousand cardiology technicians in 2013 and that this occupation is expected to experience 24% growth by 2024. Demand for EKG technicians has increased due to rapidly evolving technology, and the decreasing cost of EKG technology also makes it more accessible for medical providers outside of hospitals. This, coupled with the overall shift of healthcare from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting, is expected to boost the demand for EKG technicians in doctor’s offices and diagnostic facilities.

How much can I earn as an EKG technician?

According to PayScale, 50% of EKG technicians earn between $25,000 and $39,000 a year, and the median income is $30,764 per year.

What are the advantages of training with Career Step?

Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares students to work as EKG technicians. With Career Step, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into becoming an EKG technician.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

What kind of skills or experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

What kind of skills and experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED). There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

Is Career Step accredited?

Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, we work diligently to ensure that our programs are recognized and accepted by leading industry associations and employers to make sure our students are prepared to sit for industry certification exams and set up to begin successful careers immediately upon graduation.

The Career Step training programs prepare students for career fields where employers are looking for skilled applicants. Career Step works closely with employers when developing a training program to ensure students graduate with the skills employers are looking for. We've also developed close ties to industry associations, aligning our programs with their recommendations. Career Step programs boast the following recognitions:

  • Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.
  • The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), one of the largest and most prestigious health information organizations in the country.
  • The Career Step Pharmacy Technician program has been reviewed and approved by the State Boards of Pharmacy in Indiana, Utah, and Virginia. (Many states don't have any regulations on the education of pharmacy technicians, and very few require board approval. For more information on each state's pharmacy technician education regulations, view our State Requirements pdf.) Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy also offer Career Step Pharmacy Technician students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on externship in their stores nationwide./li>
  • The Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading organization focused on increasing the quality of health career education.

Career Step programs are also designed to prepare you for certifications that greatly improve your employment opportunities. Employers are often more familiar with various credentials than with the quality of education provided by different schools. To help your resume stand out from other applicants, various Career Step programs help prepare students to earn the following third-party credentials:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Master (MOS-Master)

This focus on helping you gain the skills needed to succeed in the workforce has made our students successful in the job market—over 84% of Career Step graduates are employed in their field of study, 90% of employed Medical Transcription graduates work from home in their first job, Medical Coding and Billing graduates report a certification exam pass rate that’s a full 15 percentage points higher than the national average, and Pharmacy Technician students can take advantage of externship opportunities with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.

Learn more about the value of career-focused education in our quick video.

How is the Career Step EKG Technician program structured?

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of an EKG technician.

What type of student support does Career Step offer?

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • Student Support Instructors and Advisors have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors are knowledgeable, experienced, and available 5 days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The Career Step EKG Technician training program is 31 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. The course is designed to be completed in less than a month of full-time study, and students receive a 3-month period of enrollment to provide them the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for them.

A 1-month course extension is available should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

What materials and computer specifications are required to complete the course?

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as an EKG technician. Your enrollment includes:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

Hardware

  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

What payment options does Career Step offer?

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

How soon will I receive my materials?

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on the method of payment. Once the payment is processed, you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.


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