Certified EKG Technician (CET)
HTI’s Certified EKG Technician program is a short-term (one month), non-credit certification module that prepares students for entry-level positions as an EKG Technician in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and clinics.
The 4-week module focuses on knowledge and hands-on skills needed to conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. Students will learn about various procedures of EKG monitoring and the aspects of patient care involved in those procedures.
Students are not required to complete an internship in this module.
On completing the module, students will receive a Certificate of Completion allowing them to sit for the Certified EKG Technician certification exam validated by the National Healthcare Association. With this certification, students will be prepared for entry-level career opportunities as EKG Technicians in doctors’ offices, clinics, or hospitals.
Only students with at least one year or more work experience or schooling in the medical field will be allowed to enroll in this module.
What is the role of a Certified ECG/EKG Technician?
Electrocardiograph (ECG/EKG) technicians, also known as cardiographic or electrocardiogram technicians, perform diagnostic tests to aid doctors in identifying and treating cardiovascular problems in patients. These tests help detect irregularities that may result in a heart attack or heart disease.
Common EKG Technician duties include:
- Set up and administer EKGs (electrocardiograms) and stress tests
- Prepare patients for Holter or ambulatory monitoring
- Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
- Schedule appointments
- Transcribe physicians’ interpretations
The Occupational Outlook Handbook published yearly by the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that EKG Technicians (aka Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians) received a median annual salary of $62,540 per year and averaged an hourly rate of $30.07 per hour. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm
Further, the job outlook for the position between 2014 and 2024 reflects a 24% increase with 112,700 positions in 2014.