Ready to get certified for one of the most widely hired roles in healthcare? This program was designed to help you pass the Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam and set you up for success as part of a fast-paced cardiology team. You’ll learn how to operate the electrocardiogram—an essential piece of hospital equipment— and work with doctors to interpret the results for patients.
“I chose to enroll in the EKG program and it’s been an eye-opener for me. Career Step has provided me with the tools, resources and confidence to continue this path and be successful even when life throws you a curve ball. They have been understanding in my own schedule conflicts\setbacks. I wouldn’t have been able to find myself getting closer to achieving my goals if it weren’t for their support. - E. Roman"
The healthcare industry is growing rapidly due to the country’s aging population and new healthcare laws. As medical practices expand, EKG technicians will be needed to care for patients who have heart conditions. According to the US Department of Labor, Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians employment will grow 19% by 2028 in New York state. That is more than twice the projected growth of the nation.
You can complete the training and externship and be interview-ready in as little as twelve months.
EKG Technician FAQs
WHAT DOES AN EKG TECHNICIAN DO?
Within the large and growing healthcare industry, EKG technicians play a key role in keeping a healthcare facility running smoothly. Their duties frequently include the following: Measure basic vital signs; Perform rapid response procedures; Operate an EKG machine and interpret output; Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing; and Record lead placement, measure and identify rhythms.
WHERE DO EKG TECHNICIANS WORK?
EKG technicians work in round-the-clock healthcare facilities such as hospitals. The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules a possibility.
HOW MUCH DO EKG TECHNICIANS EARN?
With opportunities nationwide, EKG technicians can earn competitive salaries. The middle 50% of EKG technicians earn between $24,000 and $46,000 a year according to PayScale, and the average income is $35,000. In New York State, wages are higher as workers on average earn $65,810.
IS CERTIFICATION NECESSARY FOR EKG TECHNICIANS?
This training program will prep you to become a CET — recognized by the National Healthcareer Association — so you can maximize your earning potential. While EKG technician certification isn’t required, employers tend to look for (and hire) employees who are certified. This training program will prep you to become a CET, recognized by the National Healthcareer Association. The NHA will provide your certification once you pass the CET exam.
ARE CLINICAL HOURS INCLUDED IN MY TRAINING?
Clinical hours are an essential component of your training—particularly as you work towards certification and potential employment. They give you a chance to test your current skill level and put all your new knowledge to work in real-world settings. That’s why we work with a vast network of healthcare organizations to provide these hands-on learning experiences. Please keep in mind that while clinical hours are included as part of your course, placement is based on a number of factors—including geography and availability—so we can’t guarantee that you’ll find placement in your area.
With 395 total training hours, this online EKG Technician program will provide the general knowledge, skills, and experience employers are looking for in job candidates.
Understand basic roles and responsibilities, terminology, anatomy, and vital care.
Learn to use and maintain EKG equipment, prepare patients, and interpret results.
You must be at least 18 years old, and you must have a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency certificate (GED or TASC). That’s it. There are no specific skills or experience required to enter a CareerStep training program.
Healthcare Foundational Knowledge and Basic Scienc
Anatomy and Physiology
General Patient Care
Externship Readiness Skills
Patient Care Coordination and Education
Communication and Customer Service in the Healthcare Office
Electronic Medical Records
Medical Laws and Ethics
EKG and Cardiovascular
Career Success in Healthcare
EKG Final Exam
HIPAA Workforce Training
Initiating Your Externship
Prepare for your NHA Certified EKG Technician (CET) Certification Exam.
Our instructors are industry experts who have completed specialized training in the programs they support, and most have worked in their field of study as well. Our instructors are great at helping with training content-related questions and can help with tasks like understanding course concepts and final exam consultations, just to name a couple.
Registration and Enrollment
Training to become an EKG tech isn’t just quick, it’s crazy convenient too. You can access the fully online EKG coursework anywhere and anytime you have WiFi. Learn on your own schedule, at your own pace.