Electrocardiography (EKG) technicians are skilled health care professionals who perform non-invasive cardiology tests including pulse, blood pressure, recording electrical activity of the heart, stress testing and holter monitor testing. The EKG procedure records the electrical activity of the heart muscle via electrodes displaying heart activity as a visual tracing. This tracing provides valuable information as it relates to the electrical conduction system of the heart.
The Non-Invasive Electrocardiography certificate program is an intensive three-semester curriculum with coursework in basic and advanced EKG. The EKG clinical is designed to meet the needs of the curriculum, clinical affiliation and certification standards, while also preparing students for employment. The program is designed for students interested in taking a variety of EKG courses for immediate entry into a field of employment and for current health care workers who would like to update their EKG testing skills.
The program includes a module in telemetry. Telemetry is used for inpatients who are at risk of abnormal heart activity, generally in a coronary care unit. Telemetry technicians are responsible for monitoring patients on these devices.
The EKG program is closely aligned with the Phlebotomy program at College of DuPage. For more information on how to get started in the EKG program, read through the EKG registration packet and watch the advising session video.
First Step to Register - Attend an Advising Session
Determine Your Path
EKG technicians are employed in patient care settings, including hospitals, clinics, physician offices and laboratories.
Whether you are preparing for a career in EKG or if you are interested in earning your certificate or continuing on to an advanced degree, COD offers:
- Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
- Instruction in top-notch facilities and on cutting-edge equipment.
- Affordable courses to help you achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining your savings account.
- Small class sizes to ensure you receive personalized attention.
Non-Invasive Electrocardiography Technician
The Non-Invasive Electrocardiography Technician certificate program prepares students to work in cardiology performing non-invasive cardio graphic tests, including EKGs, holter monitors and treadmill stress testing.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) exam through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
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The first step to get started in the EKG program is to read through the EKG registration packet and view the advising session video.
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