How much does an EKG technician make?
According to Salary.com, the average annual EKG technician salary in the U.S. is $41,300 as of December 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $36,600 and $47,800. Compensation can vary depending on education, certifications, additional skills, and/or the number of years you have spent in your profession.
What is an EKG technician?
According to zippia.com, as an EKG technician, you operate advanced equipment and machines to diagnose and identify patients' conditions with cardiovascular problems. Once the results of the EKG are in, these technicians endorse the results to the physicians assigned to the patient. EKG Technicians are neither doctors nor are they expected to be medically trained.
What does an EKG technician do?
EKG technicians typically work in hospital settings, outpatient clinics, diagnostic testing centers, labs, nursing and long-term care homes, and private physicians' practices. EKG technicians generally perform the following duties:
- Position patients correctly for monitoring
- Educate patients about the testing procedures
- Run EKGs and attach leads to patients, chest, arms, and legs
- Perform stress tests
- Prep patients for Holter monitoring (a type of ambulatory EKG device)
- Obtain a baseline record of the heart's function for comparison to future electrocardiograms
- Deliver test results to physicians, nurse practitioners, or other medical professionals.
- Perform administrative tasks related to patient appointments and record-keeping
- Maintain EKG equipment
- Schedule appointments
- Assist physicians during procedures
What certification does this course prepare me for?
The Certified EKG Technician (CET), provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Does this course prepare me for a certification?
Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will have the foundational knowledge required for national certification through the NHA. To qualify for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) full certification, Certified EKG Technician (CET), you may utilize the included Clinical Experience Guide to achieve the clinical requirements (10 EKGs on live humans). Additionally, in order to qualify for the certification exam, a High School Diploma, or equivalent is required.
Note: It is the responsibility of each student to obtain the Live EKG experience and ed2go is not responsible for providing or assisting with the required clinicals.
When can I start this course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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