EKG Technicians are part of the allied health family. Typically, they work in hospitals or clinics and provide direct patient care. They help in routine physical exams, as well as screening procedures before a patient undergoes surgery. EKG technicians use specialized machines to measure the efficiency of the heart.
The EKG Technician program is a comprehensive 50 hour course. The 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, and electrocardiography and stress testing. Additionally, the students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices.
The cost of the program is $999 and includes tuition and books. The future is bright for EKG technicians. Job opportunities for allied health workers in the cardiology field are projected to grow by 29%, as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The need for skilled EKG professionals in hospitals, doctor's practices, clinics, and diagnostic labs has never been greater.