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.