Everything You Need to Know About EKG Technician Training

*Editor's note: Rasmussen College does not offer courses to prepare students to become an EKG technician. This post is meant to simply inform readers of a potential healthcare career option.

A medical team has a multitude of people who play an important part in a patient’s health – medical assistants, medical lab techs, nurses and doctors all work together, helping the sick and injured. EKG technicians are part of the team, too, focusing on ailments of the heart.

You likely know the basics of what EKG technicians do: interact with patients and administer and interpret the results of EKG tests. But how do you get to that point? What’s EKG technician training like? And do you really need that formal education, anyway?

Those are all good questions. And we’re here to help you find the answers. Let’s explore EKG tech education options and coursework.

EKG technician education

EKG techs need at least a high school diploma, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, employers like to see that students have gone “above and beyond” the minimum requirements, says Tammy Renner, Rasmussen College’s national medical laboratory technician program director. So if you want to stand out, consider pursuing further education.

Most colleges with an EKG tech program offer a two-year associate’s degree or a certificate, which can be completed in as few as nine months. Certificate programs typically offer field-specific courses and less general education classes, which means you’ll spend more time on the subject in which you’re interested.

No matter whether you earn an associate’s degree or certificate, earning an EKG tech credential is usually the next step. While an EKG Technician Certification from the National Healthcareer Association isn’t required to get a job, it’s something employers look for, Renner says. After you pass the exam you’ll be a Certified EKG Technician.

EKG technician courses

You should expect healthcare-heavy course work, especially if you decide to earn a certificate. Below are three sample courses you can expect to find in an EKG tech certificate program.Everything you need to know about EKG technician training

  • Introduction to Electrocardiograms - This is a pretty important course for EKG techs! It’s where you actually learn how to perform and interpret an EKG – you’ll handle the equipment and learn how to properly use it. Patient safety and patient communication is also covered. 
  • Introduction to Electronic Health Records - Electronic health records (EHRs) are something you’ll read on a daily basis. All facilities are required to convert from paper records to EHRs by 2014, so they’re a critical piece of medical technology with which you’ll need to be familiar. This course focuses on how to read an EHR and how technology is affecting healthcare today.
  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Pathology - It’s key for EKG techs to understand how the heart works, Renner says. This course focuses on the anatomy of the heart, the cardiac cycle and the variety of diseases that impair heart function.

Separately, these classes teaches you bits and pieces of what you need to know to be an EKG tech. Together, they give you the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed in the field. The real-world training will help you be more prepared for your job search – not to mention the externship experience will look good on your resume!

The bottom line

There's a lot to consider when choosing a potential healthcare career track. Do you value shorter completion times? Does the work interest you? Will you make enough money to support yourself and your family? Take the time to consider your options before you dive in. 

If you’re not sure that EKG tech training is for you, remember that there are plenty of other options for you in the healthcare industry. If you'd like to explore other healthcare careers, check out this handy list of healthcare careers you can launch in two years or less.

Elizabeth Xu

Elizabeth is a freelance writer for Collegis education who writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. She enjoys writing engaging content to help former, current and future students on their path to a rewarding education.

female writer

Related Content

This piece of ad content was created by Rasmussen College to support its educational programs. Rasmussen College may not prepare students for all positions featured within this content. Please visit www.rasmussen.edu/degrees for a list of programs offered. External links provided on rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced. Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation.

Add your comment

*

Please enter your name.

*

Please enter your email.

*

Please enter your comment.

Take the Next Step—Talk to Us!

Request More Information

Talk with a program manager today.

Fill out the form to receive information about:
  • Program Details and Applying for Classes 
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Customized Support Services
  • Detailed Program Plan

Step 1 of 3

What's Your Name?

Please enter your first name.

Please enter your last name.

Step 2 of 3

Contact Information

Please enter your email address.

Please enter your phone number.

Please enter your five digit zip code.

Step 3 of 3

Program Preferences

Please choose a school of study.

Please choose a program.

Please choose a degree.

By requesting information, I authorize Rasmussen College to contact me by email, phone or text message at the number provided. There is no obligation to enroll.

icon-colored-advance icon-colored-build icon-colored-certificate icon-colored-growth icon-colored-national icon-colored-prep icon-colored-regional icon-colored-state icon-colored-support logo-accreditation-acen logo-accreditation-ccne ras-logo-flame ras-logo-horizontal ras-logo-stacked icon-filter icon-info-circle icon-mail-forward icon-play-solid icon-share-square-o icon-spinner icon-tag icon-general-connect icon-general-degree icon-general-discuss icon-general-email icon-general-find icon-general-laptop icon-general-leader icon-general-map icon-general-paperwork icon-general-phone icon-general-speak-out icon-simple-chat icon-simple-desktop icon-simple-find icon-simple-hamburger icon-simple-phone icon-testimonial-quotes icon-social-facebook-square-colored icon-social-facebook-square icon-social-facebook icon-social-google-plus-square icon-social-google-plus icon-social-instagram icon-social-linkedin-square-colored icon-social-linkedin-square icon-social-linkedin icon-social-pinterest-p icon-social-twitter-square icon-social-twitter icon-social-youtube-play-colored icon-social-youtube-play icon-util-checkbox-white icon-util-checkbox icon-util-checked-white icon-util-checked icon-util-chevron-down icon-util-chevron-left icon-util-chevron-right icon-util-chevron-up icon-util-open-window-button icon-util-open-window-link icon-util-pdf-button icon-util-pdf-link icon-util-refresh icon-util-x