10-Week Certification Program
The EKG Technician’s main role is to prepare, perform, and conduct the electrocardiogram machine. In addition to preparing the room and setting electrodes on the patient, this individual may perform EKG stress tests and analyses as well as treadmill tests. Often, EKGs are performed prior to surgery, but with America’s aging population, even routine checkups now include the procedure. That is why these valuable members of the healthcare team are working in various settings, including doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals.
Northwest Suburban College’s coursework includes the study of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology of the cardiovascular system, basic electrophysiology, proper placement of leads, and accurate recordings of electrocardiogram. Preparation for national certification is offered after completion of the EKG Technician Program.
• Experts predict the demand for EKG Technicians will increase 29%, much faster than average.
• On average, EKG Technicians earn up to $49,000 per year.
• Certification is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
For detailed EKG Technician Program curriculum and career counseling, please contact our student advisor during normal business hours at 847.290.6425 or fill out a Request for Information form.
*According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics
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