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EKG Technician Training

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Become a Certified EKG Technician

Electrocardiography (EKG) technicians are vital members of any healthcare team. If you want to join the booming healthcare industry as an EKG tech, this course will train you to apply, monitor, and measure electrocardiography tests in a flexible, online learning environment. Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to take the Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

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Job Outlook for Certified EKG Technicians

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts 9.9% growth in the demand for EKG technicians between now and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • According to Indeed.com, the average base salary for EKG technicians in the U.S. is $51,397 with top earners making over $90,000 per year.

Certified EKG Technician FAQs

Electrocardiography (EKG) technicians who apply, monitor, and measure electrocardiography testing are important to any healthcare team. They administer various cardiovascular tests including measuring basic vital signs, performing rapid response procedures, operating an EKG machine, and identifying rhythms.
Over 80% of employers hiring EKG technicians require certification. With our EKG Technician training course, you will be fully prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam.
According to the National Healthcareer Association, some common titles may include:
  • Monitor Technician
  • Telemetry Technician
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician
EKG technicians need to be able to read, monitor, and report EKG tests precisely and accurately, communicate with doctors, nurses, and other professionals to provide essential healthcare, use electrocardiography equipment, interpret, and calculate data, relate to patients, and understand the difficulties and stress they may encounter.

Course Objectives

  • Learn medical terminology, including the structures and functions of the human body
  • Understand what an EKG technician does and how to perform on the job
  • Work with doctors, nurses, and other professionals to provide essential healthcare
  • Become eligible to sit for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Receive job assistance from our Clinical Experience Coordinator and access to our Clinical Experience Guide

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Prerequisites and Requirements

To take this online course, you should have one of the following: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, entrance test, or previous healthcare experience. To qualify for the certification exam, a High School Diploma or equivalent is required. Please check with your state for any specific requirements they might have before registering.


  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses: The Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  1. EKG Technician
    1. Introduction: EKG Technician
    2. Ethics, Compliance, and Communication
    3. Safety and Patient Care
    4. Patient Vital Signs
    5. Electronic Medical Records
    6. Human Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
    7. EKG Equipment Settings and Supplies; Maintenance and Disinfection
    8. Patient Preparation and Positioning
    9. Lead Placement and Artifacts
    10. Monitoring Patient Condition, Adverse Reactions, and Emergencies
    11. Fundamentals of EKG Analysis: EKG Tracing and Waveforms
    12. Waveform Symmetry, Direction and Amplitude
    13. EKG Analysis: Heart Rate Calculation
    14. EKG Analysis: Determining the Heart Rhythm
    15. Heart Electrical Physiology
    16. EKG Interpretation: Sinus and Atrial Arrhythmias
    17. Junctional and Ventricular Arrhythmias, Heart Blocks
    18. EKG Interpretation: Pacemakers
    19. EKG Interpretation: Cardiac Emergencies
    20. The Way Forward: NHA Test Preparation and Career Path


Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator, and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Sharon L. Blackford

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a master's degree in Organizational Management, and a bachelor's degree in Business Management and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active-duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

Stacey O'Brien

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

Alexis M. Ramirez

Alexis M Ramirez, DNP, MSN, NPD-BC, CCRN has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for many years in cardio-vascular critical care as well as taught in the acute care and academic settings. In addition to serving the community through care delivery, she has trained Patient Care Assistants, Monitor Technicians, Licensed Vo-cational Nurses, and Registered Nurses throughout her career.
Dr. Ramirez completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from California State University, Fresno in 2021. She completed her master's in nursing education from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2014. She is board certi-fied in Nursing Professional Development and as a Critical Care Nurse.

Registration and Enrollment

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