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Becoming a Certified EKG Technician

IMG_9691There is a large demand in the Philadelphia area for Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technicians to work in hospitals, cardiology clinics, and laboratories.  EKG technicians provide cardiac performance data to physicians.

They explain the EKG procedure, attach electrodes to the patients, and provide data to physicians for interpretation.  EKG technicians monitor the heart’s performance with the use of the EKG machine, perform EKG tests, stress tests, Holter monitoring tests, and provide data for the physician’s analysis.

Training

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology offers Rapid Learning Program Certificates at the Media campus for people interested in obtaining nationwide EKG technician certification. P.I.T. offers classes weekdays and weekends, days and evenings. Students can select the most convenient schedule if they are employed in other jobs.

 

Monitoring electrode

Monitoring electrode (Photo credit: quinn.anya)

Alternative Job Titles

Students who complete the EKG technician certificate will be able to apply for jobs such as:

  • EKG Technician
  • Electrocardiogram Technician
  • Cardiovascular Technician

 

Students will study:

  • EKG and cardiovascular systems
  • Human Body Systems I
  • Pharmacology and immunology

 

All equipment, scrubs, textbooks and lab tools are provided for people who want to learn about working with the latest EKG equipment.  Instructors are certified in EKG.

Most employers require a certification completion in EKG, as health insurance carriers provide coverage for the procedure only if it is performed by a certified EKG technician.  To that end, students prepare to take the NHA (National Healthcare Association) examination certifying them as CETs (Certified EKG Technicians).

Credits in the EKG program can be applied to an Associate Degree in Allied Health – Clinical Medical Assistant. P.I.T. also offers a Rapid Learning Program Certificate in the related field of Medical Billing and Coding.

The position of EKG technician a growing area with new diagnostic and monitoring technology entering the market, and the job outlook is promising.

P.I.T. is a non-profit accredited college offering financial assistance and career placement assistance to students at the Media campus and Center City Philadelphia site.

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