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Electrocardiograph Technician

senior medical staff helping a newly applied nurseIndividuals applying for this course are required to:

  1. interview with an admissions counselor;
  2. be at least 18 years of age;
  3. Present proof of secondary education (transcripts, high school diploma, or GED certificate)
  4. Obtain BLS/CPR certification prior to graduation.
  5. Current on immunizations and free of communicable diseases.

Program Description:
A 48 clock hour/three week program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and nurses, to properly analyze and interpret arrhythmias, perform 12 lead EKGs, and 3 lead ambulatory monitoring accurately. Employers include hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and surgical centers. There are no prerequisites for this program.

Program Outline:

Subject # Subject Title Clock Hours
Lec Lab Clin Total
Module 1 EKG Anatomy & Physiology 12 00 00 12
Module 2 EKG Theory 12 00 00 12
Module 3 EKG Clinical 00 12 00 12
Module 4 EKG Clinical Competency 00 12 00 12
Total 24 24 00 48

The approximate time required to complete this program is three weeks for day classes or evening classes. Graduates of the entire program that have completed ten live successful EKGs can apply to take a national certification exam with a licensed credentialing agent.

Electrocardiograph Technician Program Topic Descriptions

doctor performing an EKG test on a male patientModule 1 EKG Anatomy & Physiology (Lec 12 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1-3)
Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, divisions of circulation and the cardiac cycle, cardiac output, the effect of the nervous system on the heart, the pacemaker, understanding polarization, coronary arteries, arteries and veins, properties of cardiac tissue, anatomical planes, anatomical front and back regions, medical and cardiovascular terminology.

Module 2 EKG Theory (Lec 12 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: Module 1] (Day 4-6)
Electrocardiography, electrocardiograph, electrocardiogram, uses of EKG, EKG leads, Einthoven triangle and law, bipolar limb leads, unipolar leads, waves of normal EKG, electrocardiographic grid, intervals and segments of EKG. Understanding the waves, measuring the complex, interval, and segment. Criteria for graph interpretation, calculating heart rate, points to look for in a EKG test strip, R-R interval, EKG graph interpretation. Rhythms originating from the sinus node, atria, atrial-junction node, and ventricles. Heart blocks. EKG interpretation made easy, lead and view, axis deviation, atrial hypertrophy, V7 electrode placement, telemetry, event monitor, ST segment changes.

Module 3 EKG Clinical (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 12 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: Module 2] (Day 7-9)
Indications and contraindications of EKG. EKG accuracy, surface anatomy for limbs and thorax for EKG electrode placement, wooden stick technique to find the sternal angle, special consideration for anatomical and pathological changes, patient positioning for proper electrode placements, placement for standard limb and chest electrodes, practically applying the electrodes, special considerations while performing an EKG, skin impedance, EKG electrodes, sensitivity and gain, standardization and calibration, paper speed, EKG filters, equipment use and maintenance, infection control in EKG recording, EKG artifacts, 3 lead, 12 lead, and 15 lead heart view, legal issues in healthcare.

Module 4 EKG Clinical Competence (Lec 00 Cl Hrs / Lab 12 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: Module 1-3] (Day 10-12)
Electrode placement in different regions of the chest, 12 lead EKG competency, 15 lead EKG competency for adults and pediatrics, telemetry. After completing module 4 there is an optional module that consists of practice study for a national certification examination. To qualify for the national certification examination, the student must complete the entire program in addition to ten stress tests and 12 lead EKGs.

Basis of grading:
EKG Anatomy & Physiology 25%
EKG Theory 25%
Skills Lab 25%
Clinical Competence 25%