Program Objective

The program is designed to teach future EKG Technicians to administer electrocardiogram. A Doctor’s diagnosis of heart disease is based on the readings and interpretation of the EKG tracings interpretation. The EKG is done before and after surgeries, during physicals and examinations of the patients over 40 years old, patients with a history of heart disease, patients that are experiencing chest pain, or when a Doctor thinks the EKG procedure is necessary.

Role of EKG Tech

An EKG Technician is a very valuable member of the Allied Health Care Team. A doctor's diagnosis of heart disease is based on the readings and interpretation of the EKG tracings. Cardiovascular technicians, sometimes called EKG technicians, use electrocardiogram instruments to monitor the heart function of patients. They work in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, medical laboratories, outpatient centers and physician's offices.

Career Outlook

EKG technician salary ranges and job outlook. Cardio graphic technicians generally work a 40-hour work week. ... The outlook is good for this career, as cardiovascular technology and technician jobs are expected to grow at 24% throughout 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

As the population ages, older people will require more EKGs, since heart disease and other cardiovascular problems become more prevalent with age. Since hospital aides often have replaced EKG technicians who are only proficient in EKGs, you should also be familiar with Holter monitoring and stress testing to increase your job prospects.