Meet the demand for cross-trained health professionals by adding EKG skills to your resume. Our comprehensive 60-hour EKG Technician Training Program prepares you to function as an EKG Technician. An EKG technician is a medical professional trained in operating specialized equipment used to measure the heart’s performance. Technicians work directly with patients, administer the test and provide the resulting data to physicians for analysis. Electrocardiogram (EKG) tests are critical in helping doctors determine heart health problems in patients. EKGs check the electrical activity of the heart to access heart rhythm, rate, strength and timing. They can be used to check the heart’s general health and electrical activity, and to look for signs of heart disease, heart attack, effects of medication or causes of unexplained chest pain. This non-credit course includes important practice and background information on the anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal aspects of patient contact. Students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, and other clinical practices.
Primary training is through classroom lectures, online learning and in-class practice on the equipment. In addition, students will be required to attend an 8-hour “hands-on” training which will occur in place of class time. The off-site training sessions will be held towards the end of the class on a date and at a site arranged by the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator.
Prerequisites: Minimum 18 years of age with high school diploma or its equivalent. Prior to registering, all students must take the ACCUPLACER reading placement test by contacting the Kirkwood Community College Test Center at 319-398-5456 in Cedar Rapids or 319-887-3642 in Iowa City. Applicant must achieve a passing score of 76 to be considered eligible to register for the EKG Technician Training Program. After receiving their assessment score, the applicant must contact the instructor at 319-398-5438 to complete the registration process.
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the EKG Technician Training Program and students will be prepared to sit for an optional 3rd party certification exam, which is included in the cost of the course.
Textbook available on loan or the student may purchase on their own: EKG Plain and Simple, 3rd Edition, Karen M. Ellis. Available at the Kirkwood main campus bookstore.