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Taking our EKG Technician Course
This comprehensive, 50-hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG technicians and to take the ASPT- Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician Exam and other national certification exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.
What Is a EKG Technician?
Electrocardiograph (EKG) technicians, also known as cardiographic or electrocardiogram 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.
What Does a EKG Technician Do?
EKG Technicians administer a variety of cardiovascular tests, including the electrocardiogram (EKG) which measures the electrical activity of your heart through small electrodes. The EKG records your heart’s activity as a graph of lines, with spikes and dips known as waves. It provides doctors with important information about the health of your heart.
What Career Opportunities Do EKG Technicians Have?
EKG Technicians may experience diverse career opportunities. You can work in:
outpatient medical facilities
What Will I Learn With This Training?
During your program you’ll receive hands-on training and learn how to:
Roles of the EKG technician
Functions of the EKG department in a variety of settings (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
Anatomy of the heart, conduction system, and circulation of the heart and blood vessels
Electrical conduction system of the heart and the cardiac cycle (electric system)
Preparing a patient for a 12-lead EKG
EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form interpretation) and basic EKG interpretation
A review of normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardia, sinus tachycardia, etc.
The 12-lead EKG placement and interpretation and troubleshooting
1. Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
3. Lead Morphology and Placement
4. Technical Aspects of the EKG
5. Calculating Heart Rate
6. How to Interpret a Rhythm Strip
7. Rhythms Originating in the Sinus Node
8. Rhythms Originating in the Atria
9. Rhythms Originating in the AV Junction
10. Rhythms Originating in the Ventricles
11. AV Blocks
12. Rhythm Practice Strips
13. How to Interpret a 12-Lead EKG
14. Myocardial Infarction
15. 12-Lead EKG Practice
16. Medications and Electrical Therapy
17. Diagnostic Electrocardiography
18. Putting It All Together: Critical Thinking Scenarios