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EKG Technician Noncredit Program

Man getting his heart checked by EKG technician.

​Electrocardiogram (EKG) tests are critical in helping doctors determine heart health problems in patients. EKGs check the electrical activity of the heart to access heart rhythm, rate, strength and timing. They can be used to check the heart’s general health and electrical activity, and to look for signs of heart disease, heart attack, affects of medication or causes of unexplained chest pain.

What does an EKG technician do? 

An EKG technician is a medical professional trained in operating specialized equipment used to measure the heart’s performance. Technicians work directly with patients, administer the test and provide the resulting data to physicians for analysis. 

Why is this a fast-growing occupation? 

According to job growth projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through 2022, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy — nearly one-third of the total increase, or about 5 million jobs. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet through 2022 are in health care occupations.
 
Job growth in the health care industry also reflects more ins​ured people in the U.S., stemming from health care reform and the medical needs of a larger older population. Medical professionals increasingly rely on health care support staff so they can treat more patients. 

Where do EKG technicians find jobs?

EKG technicians typically work standard 40-hour work weeks and occasional weekends. Those employed by laboratories may work longer hours. EKG technicians work in:

  • Cardiology doctors’ offices
  • Cardiac units of hospitals
  • Private cardiology clinics
  • Emergency departments
  • Laboratories

 What are typical job responsibilities?

  • Conduct and oversee EKG tests
  • Record EKG readings
  • Operate and are responsible for the care of test equipment
  • Explain procedures to patients
  • Comfort and assist patients throughout test procedures
  • Perform stress tests
  • Conduct Holter monitoring tests
  • Provide data to physicians

 What skills and abilities are required? 

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to listen well and take time to understand what patients are trying to say
  • Critical thinking for reasoning to logical conclusions
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to work accurately and consistently
  • The ability to follow instructions precisely

​What are average salaries and job growth?

America’s Career Infonet lists median salaries and projected job growth in Texas: 
 
​​Job Median​ Hourly Rate  Median​ Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2020​
Cardiovascular Technician​ ​$16.66 ​$34,700 ​+41%
 

Certification

Many employers require EKG technicians to obtain certification, which can be done through several organizations including:
 
  • National Center for Competency Testing 
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians 
  • American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals
  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International 
  • National Association for Health Professionals

EKG Technician Programs at Colleges of DCCCD

EKG Technician programs are offered through the Continuing Education Divisions of the following colleges of DCCCD. Note that program content, length and cost vary; please check with the college of your choice to ensure the right fit for your goals.
 
  • Brookhaven College Continuing Education: 972-860-4775
  • Cedar Valley College Continuing Education: 972-860-8295
  • El Centro College Continuing Education: 214-860-2262
 

HCRC: Your Online Resource to Choosing a Health Career

Interested in a health career but not sure which one to choose? The DCCCD Health Careers Resource Center (HCRC)  serves as an information clearinghouse to take you from advisement through enrollment — with job placement services after you complete your program.​