Certified EKG Technician - South Seattle College
Healthcare and Fitness

Certified EKG Technician

365 Hours
6 Months

A Certified EKG Technician (CET) is a healthcare professional who performs electrocardiograms (EKGs) to evaluate a patient’s heart activity. The CET is responsible for obtaining accurate readings and interpreting them in order to diagnose and monitor a patient’s heart health.

The CET must be knowledgeable in the anatomy and physiology of the heart, and be able to explain the procedure and its purpose to the patient. They must be able to recognize abnormalities in the readings, and document their findings accurately.

CETs must be able to operate and maintain the EKG machines, and be able to troubleshoot any malfunctioning equipment. They must be able to perform the EKG procedure accurately and efficiently.

CETs must be able to work in a team setting, and be capable of communicating effectively with other members of the healthcare team. They must be able to provide patient education, and be sensitive to the needs of their patients.

CETs must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications, and be able to input data accurately into the system. They must be able to adhere to medical coding regulations, and be able to prioritize and multitask.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas:
• Understanding the role of an EKG Technician
• Understanding the functions of the EKG department in a variety of healthcare settings
• Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
• Demonstrate care and safety of patients
• Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system
• Lead placement for 12-lead electrocardiography
• Basic EKG interpretation of normal rhythms and arrhythmias
• Pacemakers

Module 1: Healthcare Fundamentals
• The History of Healthcare
• Healthcare Etiquette
• Professional Situations and Applications

Module 2: Communication in Healthcare
• Healthcare Teams
• Team Success
• Champions

Module 3: Medical Documentation and Record Keeping: HIPAA
• Use and Disclosure
• Real Life Scenarios
• HIPAA Laws, Policies, and Requirements

Module 4: Medical Terminology
• Word Structure
• Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix
• Organization of the Body
• Diagnostic Testing and Radiology

Module 5: Anatomy & Physiology
• Anatomy and Physiology Basics
• Musculoskeletal System
• Integumentary System
• Digestive System
• Urinary System

Module 6: Cardiovascular System
• Heart Structure
• Blood Flow
• Heart’s Conduction System
• EKG Terminology
• EKG Waves and Segments
• EKG Intervals

Module 7: EKG Supplies and Equipment
• Thermal EKG Paper
• Electrodes
• Electrocardiograph Settings and Calibration
• Biopolar Leads
• Augmented Leads
• Chest Leads

Module 8: EKG Procedure
• Patient Prep
• Applying Electrodes and Lead Wires
• Running the EKG Tracing
• Troubleshooting Artifact
• Evaluating an EKG Tracing
• Identifying an Abnormal Rhythm
• Finishing the EKG
• Simulation: Perform an EKG

Module 9: EKG Testing
• Exercise Stress Test
• Nuclear Stress Test
• Holter Monitor
• Cardiac Event Recorder
• Implantable Loop Recorder
• Transtelephonic Monitoring
• Portable Handheld EKG Monitors

All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

Internet Connection
• Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
Hardware Requirements
• Processor – 2GHz Processor or Higher
• Memory – 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

Software Requirements
• Operating Systems – Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
• Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Internet Browsers – Google Chrome is highly recommended
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Adobe PDF Reader

• Increase Employability: Certified EKG technicians are in high demand in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. The certification is a stamp of approval that demonstrates to employers that the technician is up to date with the latest EKG technology and techniques and can be trusted to perform the job competently.

• Higher Wages: Certified EKG technicians typically earn more than their non-certified counterparts. Certification may result in a higher starting salary and better opportunities for advancement.

• Professional Recognition: Earning an EKG technician certification shows employers and colleagues that the technician has taken the initiative to become a qualified, knowledgeable professional.

• Personal Satisfaction: Certification is a way to measure personal achievement and show dedication to the profession.

Relevancy – With annual reviews and enhancements, this program guarantees accurate and relevant curriculum that meets employer requirements for the knowledge and skills demanded to successfully enter the workforce.
Career Readiness – Our Career Kit is designed to provide students with the practical tools they’ll need to help find a job once they have completed training and earned their certification. With our Career Kit, students are sure to impress! Using our practical templates and prompts, students can present their BEST self to future employers.
Curriculum Format – We believe career training should be engaging and fun, not exhausting, and boring. To achieve this, we have developed our program with a mix of formats including reading material, video lectures, procedure videos, interactive activities and games, knowledge check ins, and section assessments. By incorporating a balanced mixture of interactivity, engagement, and comprehension testing, this program ensures a well-rounded experience for students that will not only fully prepare them to enter the workforce but also provide a fun, entertaining way to learn. With real-life procedure videos, students are provided a combination of comprehensive instructions, visual and auditory demonstrations, and hands-on practice exercises.

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With our programs, you can learn and study at your own pace with access 24/7/365 for the duration of your program. This means you can learn on your own terms and work around your own schedule.
Our online training comes with access to real, live support personnel that will help you through every step from our admissions adviser who will assist you with selecting the right training for you, to our student adviser who will be there with you during your entire training journey.
We have tailored our programs to provide comprehensive training in the technical and soft skills employers are looking for. With direct input and feedback from industry leaders and hiring managers, our program aligns with exactly what you need to successfully enter the workforce.
Our career training not only gives you the knowledge you need but preparation for the certification exams relevant to your desired career path. If you are pursuing an exciting new career in a field with a national certification, our program will both prepare you to sit for the exam but will often include a voucher for the exam cost.
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Our training programs have been developed with real learners and professionals in mind, so our programs incorporate real-world case studies and virtual simulations that will provide examples and interactions with real-life situations you may encounter during your career. These allow you to learn by experience with circumstances similar to what will be your daily responsibilities on the job.
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Our training curriculum was developed with you in mind, looking at modern day learners and their needs. Our curriculum contains a mix of formats including reading, listening, watching, and interacting that will immerse you into a fun and engaging learning experience you will not only enjoy but not want to end.

Program Description

The need for qualified EKG technicians continues to rise as the aging population in America grows (and with it, the prevalence of heart-related conditions). Whether you seek full-time or part-time employment, the opportunities in this profession are flexible and in high demand.

The EKG Technician Profession
EKG technicians are in demand! EKG technicians work in physician’s offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities and organizations. EKG technicians also work for insurance companies to provide data for health and life insurance policies. Similar to other growing healthcare professions, the demand for EKG technicians is expected to continue to grow substantially.

The EKG Technician Program
This EKG Technician Program, offered by our accredited school partners, 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. A highly interactive course!

This 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

Enroll through one of our accredited university or college partners today!

This program is targeted at individuals who are seeking a career as an EKG Technician in the healthcare field. This program is ideal for individuals with no previous EKG or healthcare experience as well as individuals working in healthcare who wish to further their knowledge, skills, and potential advance their career. This program is also targeted at individuals working specifically in the EKG field that are looking to advance their career by obtaining their certification.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas: • Understanding the role of an EKG Technician • Understanding the functions of the EKG department in a variety of healthcare settings • Medical terminology related to electrocardiography • Demonstrate care and safety of patients • Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system • Lead placement for 12-lead electrocardiography • Basic EKG interpretation of normal rhythms and arrhythmias • Pacemakers
This course provides students with qualified support professionals to guide them through their learning experience. The student support team is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and registration or enrollment questions. Support advisers also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement.
Though you are provided a full 12 months access to your program, the average completion time is only 6 months!


To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at South Seattle College.

Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at South Seattle College.

Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.