Electrocardiography EKG

Degree Offered

Certificate of Accomplishment in Electrocardiography

Credits Required 17

Dean

Patricia Dent

Program Contact

Lisa Wright, Professor, Coordinator of Medical Assisting and EKG Programs, ext. 2629

Program Code: EK

Program Goals Statement

The program goal is to prepare students for entry-level employment as professional and competent Electrocardiography (EKG) Technicians, and to meet the needs of the local health care community.

Program Information

  • EKG Technicians operate noninvasive equipment which prints graphic tracings of electrical impulses transmitted by the heart.  The technician is responsible for maintaining the equipment and supplies, preparing the patient for the test, and monitoring the patient during the procedure. The graphic tracing aides in the diagnosis of heart disease, monitors the effect of drug therapy, and analyzes changes in the condition of the patient's heart over a period of time.
  • In addition to performing routine diagnostic electrocardiograms, EKG technicians may specialize in continuous ambulatory (Holter) monitoring or cardiac stress testing. Holter monitoring records a patient's cardiac rhythm for a 24- to 48-hour period, while patients' pursue their normal routines. Cardiac stress testing monitors and records a patient's cardiac rhythm during a period of prescribed exercise.
  • Additional duties may include scheduling of appointments, data entry into computerized machines, typing of physicians' interpretations, and maintaining patient files.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for a national EKG certification exam.

 

 

Program Requirements

Program Courses

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

HLT 116Introduction to Healthcare

3 credits

HLT 118Fundamentals of Electrocardiography

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 115, ENG 101, HLT 106

Recommended Course Sequence - Semester 2

HLT 116, HLT 118
Students must receive a minimum of "C-" in HLT 118 to complete EKG Certificate requirements.
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