An EKG technician training program is generally 12 weeks long and can be taken at a variety of vocational schools. Entrance into an EKG technician training program requires a high school diploma or GED. Students are qualified to sit for the EKG Technician Certification Exam once they have successfully completed a qualified EKG technician training program. Passing the ASPT-EKG technician exam is required to be employed as an EKG technician.
An EKG technician training program requires students to learn important information about the anatomy of the heart and the physiology of disease processes. Students also learn medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient testing, lab assistant procedures, electrocardiography and echocardiography. Electrocardiography is the recording of electrical activity in the heart. Echocardiography uses ultrasound to create images of the heart.
Students also practice using EKG equipment, perform hands-on labs and learn the important functions and proper use of EKG machines through clinical practice. EKG technicians perform electrocardiogram tests that are used to diagnose irregularities and diseases of the heart. In addition to basic EKGs, EKG technicians also perform Holter monitoring (portable EKGs), 12-lead placement and stress tests. They also assist the physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.