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EKG Technician

EKG Technician TrainingProgram Duration: 4 Months
Course Contact Hours: 270
Student Tuition: $3,000.00


EKG Technicians are in great demand! EKG Technicians work in medical facilities, health care centers, physician’s offices as well as other healthcare facilities. Within the following five years, the amount of positions as an EKG Tech will increase by approximately 25 %! Our course will offer students with thorough, current information of the everyday functions and procedures performed by the EKG Technician. Our course addresses the anatomy and physiology of the heart, electrocardiography and echocardiography, the components, function and appropriate use of the EKG machine, ways to read normal rhythms and arrhythmias, waves and measurements, and how to set up and use pacemakers in addition to prepare patients for holter and event monitoring. Start your EKG technician training today and open the door for increased job opportunities, pay scales and job security.

Our EKG technician training also features an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider, whenever available!*

Recommended: A solid understanding of Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology. If you do not know Medical Terminology or Anatomy & Physiology you can take one or both of our additional courses.

*Disclaimer: An externship is not guaranteed. All students need to apply to the course and complete every prerequisite requirements prior to being accepted. Positions in the externship program are contingent on availability at each location. We will help students in establishing their own externship when other options are not available.

After finishing this EKG Technician training course, you should have the ability to:

  • Identify coronary anatomy and state what occurs in each stage of the cardiac cycle.
  • Identify and interpret the fundamentals of the EKG and five steps of rhythms.
  • Differentiate among the three kinds of rhythm regularity.
  • Recognize the criteria, causes, and unfavorable effects of AV blocks.
  • Recognize the distinctions between AICD, AED, defibrillators and other monitors.


Upon successful completion of our EKG course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as an EKG Technician in a health care center and will be prepared, in part, to sit for the NHA national certification exam to become a Certified EKG Technician (CET) or the CCI national certification exam to become a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


EKG Technician Module 1
Coronary Anatomy, Physiology and Electrophysiology

  • Layers of the Heart
  • Blood Flow Through the Heart
  • Nervous Control of the Heart
  • The Cardiac Cycle
  • Depolarization and Repolarization
  • Waves and Complexes Identification
  • Intervals
  • Electrocardiographic Truths
  • Leads and Monitoring
  • Normal QRS Deflections
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EKG Technician Module 2
Basics of the EKG and Normal Heart Rhythms

  • Control Features of an EKG
  • Electrical Safety
  • Is It Real or Is It Artifact?
  • Artifact Troubleshooting
  • Artifact Masquerading as Rhythms
  • Calculating Heart Rate
  • Regularity Types
  • Practice Strips: Regularity of Rhythms
  • Interpreting Rhythm Strips
  • The Five Steps to Rhythm Interpretation

EKG Technician Module 3
Types of Coronary Rhythms

  • Rhythms Originating in the Sinus Node
  • Adverse Effects for each of the Sinus Rhythms
  • Treatment for Sinus Rhythms
  • Rhythms Originating in the Atria
  • Interpreting a Variety of Atrial Rhythms
  • Rhythms Originating in the AV Junction
  • Differentiation of high, low, and Midjunctional Impulses
  • Treatment and Effects of Junctional Rhythms
  • Rhythms Originating in the Ventricles
  • Fusion Beats and Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

EKG Technician Module 4
AV Blocks and Rhythm Practice Strips

  • Criteria, Causes, Adverse Effects of AV Blocks
  • Where AV Blocks are Located
  • Identifying AV Blocks on a Variety of Strips
  • Degrees of AV Blocks
  • Identifying Weak Areas for Further Study
  • Sinus Rhythms Summary and Pictorial Review
  • Atrial Rhythms Summary and Pictorial Review
  • Junctional Rhythms Summary and Pictorial Review
  • Ventricular Rhythms Summary and Pictorial Review
  • AV Blocks Rhythm Summary and Pictorial Review

EKG Technician Module 5
Interpreting 12-Lead EKG and Myocardial Infarction

  • The Six Steps to 12-Lead EKG Interpretation
  • Axis Determination
  • Bundle Branch Blocks
  • Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Miscellaneous Effects
  • Symptoms of MI
  • Determining the Age of an MI
  • The Three I’s of Infarction
  • Myocardial Infarction Algorithm
  • EKG Complications of MI

EKG Technician Module 6
Advanced Concepts

  • 12-Lead EKG Practice
  • Medications
  • Electrical Therapy
  • DDD versus VVI Practice
  • Pacemaker Malfunctions Practice
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Diagnostic Electrocardiography
  • Stress Tests
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Event Monitoring

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:
EKG: Plain and Simple by Karen M. Ellis

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
  • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)