Wagner College: EKG Technician Certificate

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Wagner College: EKG Technician CertificateThis comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as an EKG Technician. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, the Holter monitor, electrocardiography and echocardiography.

Additionally, students will practice with 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. EKG Technicians also analyze printed readings of EKG tests, measuring various “cardiac intervals and complexes” and determining normal vs. abnormal EKG.

EKG Technician Course Outline

  • role of the EKG Technician
  • function of the EKG Department in a variety of settings (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
  • introduction to medical terminology
  • medical terminology related to electrocardiography
  • care & safety of patients, medical & legal aspects
  • anatomy of the heart, conduct ion system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • electrical conduction system of the heart
  • cardiac cycle (electric system)
  • EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form interpretation)
  • normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardis, sinus tachycardia
  • basic EKG interpretation, sinus rhythm, and ventricular rhythms, asystole; example rhythm
  • recognizing artifacts; troubleshooting, tracing problems
  • practice EKG strips; EKG rhythms
  • preparing a patient for EKG
  • 12 lead EKGs (interpretation and troubleshooting)
  • 12 lead placement
  • echocardiography

After the successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam for an additional fee.

The Role of an EKG Technician
EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. These tests include basic EKGs, Holter Monitoring (portable EKG which records activity for 24-48 hrs.), 12 lead placement and Stress Tests (treadmill). They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.

Employment Settings & Education Requirements
EKG Technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities and organizations. EKG Technicians also work for insurance companies to establish health and life insurance policies.

People who are interested in becoming a certified EKG Technician should posses a High School diploma or GED equivalent.

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