This EKG Technician Program prepares students to perform EKG’s. This course will include information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing.
EKG Technician course work covers the specific knowledge and skills related to cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and performance of a 12-lead EKG test. Students learn how to accurately place leads onto the patient, run the EKG machine, perform basic measurements using the EKG strip, and identify normal tracings of the heart’s electrical activity as well as identify common dysrhythmias.
This program includes a certification exam voucher for Certified EKG Technician (CET) through the National Health career Association (NHA), an online study guide and practice exams.
Students will develop competencies in the following areas:
- Describe EKG monitoring and the bodily systems and functions it measures.
- Relate the proper setup and procedure for conducting EKG monitoring on a patient, including for stress testing, Holter monitoring, and telemetry.
- Interpret normal and abnormal results of EKG monitoring to identify ischemia, injury, and infarction.
- Implement proper patient care procedures.
Module 1: Introduction to EKG
- What is an EKG Technician?
- Introduction to EKG Monitoring
- What can be Diagnosed with an EKG?
Module 2: Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
- Cardiac Anatomy
- Blood Flow through the Heart
- Cardiac Electrical Activity and Conduction
Module 3: Introduction to the EKG Machine
- Overview of an EKG Machine
- EKG Machine Setup and Calibration
- Maintenance of the EKG and Work Environment
Module 4: Recording the EKG
- Patient Information Gathering
- Patient Education and Positioning
- Standard Lead Placements
- Alternative Lead Placement
- Identifying and Resolving Artifacts
Module 5: The Normal EKG
- EKG Waveforms
- Calculate Heart Rate
- Measure Heart Rhythm
Module 6: Abnormal EKGs-Rate & Rhythm
- Sinus Arrhythmias
- Atrial Arrhythmias
- Ventricular Arrhythmias
- Junctional Arrhythmias
Module 7: Introduction to Abnormal EKGS-Conduction
- Measuring Conduction
- Bundle Branch Blocks
- Heart Blocks
- Pacemaker Spikes
Module 8: Injury, Ischemia, and Infarction Patterns
- Introduction to Coronary Artery Disease
- ST Segment Variances
- T-wave and Q-wave Variances
- Using the EKG to Localize Area of Infarct
Module 9: Patient Care
- Monitor Vital Signs
- Signs of Cardiac Compromise during Testing
- Responding to Stress Test Emergencies
- Patient Records
Lesson 10: EKG Interpretation
- EKG Interpretation System
- EKG Interpretation—Normal EKGs
- EKG Interpretation—Abnormal EKGs
Externship Details – 40 Hour Externship
Students must achieve an 85% grade or better on all course quizzes, module exams and final exam and complete a minimum of 50 course hours throughout the e-learning program. Additionally, to be eligible for the clinical externship process students must pass a background check and a drug screen to be placed in a healthcare facility.
Students who participate in a clinical must be able to submit the following if required by their site (which is collected by Meditec’s externship coordinator):
- Background check (Federal and/or state)
- Drug Screen
- Immunization record (or be able to obtain any immunizations required)
- 2 step TB test
- Flu Shot
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This is a self-paced program supported by an experienced mentor. Our mentors are subject experts with several years of experience in their respective fields and have the necessary educational training and credentials required to work as an expert. In case of any queries or questions regarding course content, course material, certifications, industry questions or on the progress of the student’s training and advancement, you can contact us on the information mentioned below.
Meditec Student Support: 866-451-3854
CTP Student Support: [email protected]