EKG Technician

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

NHA LogoThis 40-hour program prepares students to function as EKG technicians responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests that monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. Students will learn cardiac terminology and medical disease processes, detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart, electrophysiology (the conduction system of the heart), the components, function and proper use of an EKG machine, normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement and how to perform EKG’s. Students will become familiar with basic EKG interpretation of normal rhythms and arrhythmias. The medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact will also be covered. There will be a graded final exam to prepare the student for the National Certification Exam. Students will practice with equipment and perform hands-on labs.

EKG technicians are in demand in physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities. EKG technicians can also work for insurance companies to provide data for health and life insurance policies.

Prerequisites

  • GED or high-school diploma
  • Students must score a 9.0 in reading and a 9.0 in math on TABE* test

*TABE Test Information
Required TABE placement testing is available in the Academic Studies Center, Hurst Continuing
Education Building, Room 200. Picture ID is required to test. No appointment is needed. Testing is free
of charge. Call 910.938.6294 for more information. TABE testing hours are Monday – Wednesday,
8:00am – 7:00pm.