EKG Technician Training

 

EKG Technician Training

Most EKG technicians have a high school diploma and certificate or on the job training by an EKG supervisor or a cardiologist. 
EKG Technician training is provided by community colleges, vocational and technical schools.  Training is offered by EKG Technician schools  both on campus and online.   According to O*Net Online, about 58% of Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians (of which EKG technicians are a subset) have an associate's degree, about 23% have some college but no degree and the remainder have a bachelor's degree.

 


On-the-job EKG Technician training for EKG technician programs usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks.  Most employers prefer to train people already in the healthcare field—nursing aides, for example. Holter monitoring on-the-job training may last around 18 to 24 months. One-year EKG tech training certification programs also exist for basic EKGs, Holter monitoring, and stress testing.


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Information on this page summarized from:      
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/cardiovascular-technologists-and-technicians.htm
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Electrocardiogram technician," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Electrocardiogram_technician&oldid=394757194
(3) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:29-2031.00 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2031.00
Image credit: Image of EKG leads and Holter monitor used under GNU Free Documentation License. Author is Jason7825 at en.wikipedia.
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