Vol State's Health Sciences Center of Emphasis, in conjunction with the Rx-TN (A Prescription for Healthcare Training in Tennessee) grant program, offers a short-term, non-credit EKG Technician program that is designed to help get people into the healthcare workplace quickly. This 8-week course uses a mixture of online work and either evening or weekend class meetings. Upon Completion of the EKG Technician Program, students will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association certification.
What do EKG Technicians do?
EKG Technicians prepare patients for electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG) by applying electrodes, calculating a patient's heart rate, identifying and resolving artifacts from the tracing and responding to potentially life threatening arrhythmias.
An EKG is done to:
- Check the heart's electrical activity
- Find the cause of unexplained chest pain
- Find the cause or symptoms of heart disease
- Check how well medicines are working and whether they are causing side effects
- Check how well mechanical devices (pacemakers, etc) are working
Where do EKG Technicians work?
EKG Technicians work in physician's offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities and organizations. EKG Technicians also work for insurance companies to provide data for health and life insurance policies.
Similar to other growing healthcare professions, the demand for EKG Technicians is expected to grow.
How will Vol State's Phlebotomy program benefit you?
- As a participant in the Rx-TN Grant, Vol State will offer you strong student support, including Digital Literacy training, critical skills workshop, and job search assistance.
- Vol State is a Certified National Healthcareer Association (NHA) testing site, which means you will be able to take the EKG Certification exam on our campus.
- Our EKG Technician class can be coupled with our Phlebotomy Technician Course and our Patient Care Technician Course to prepare you for NHA's Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Exam. Benefits to obtaining a Clinical Medical Assistant Certification may include: more job opportunities, increased pay scale, job security and increased subject matter expertise.
Course Cost: $350
- Lab Supplies
- 1 set of scrubs
Does not include:
- NHA Certification Exam ($105)
How do I register?
The next EKG Technician Cohort will be offered in the Fall of 2014. If you are interested in being added to an Interest List for this cohort, contact us today!Credential Stacking - Become a Clinical Medical Assistant
Students who successfully complete Vol State's Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Patient Care Technician courses, and pass their NHA Certification exams are eligible to sit for the Clinical Medical Assistant certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association. A certified Clinical Medical Assistant is a multi-skilled healthcare practitioner who is competent in both clinical and administrative procedures. Typical tasks of a CMA include: interviewing patients, measuring and recording vital signs, preparing exam rooms, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, administering injections and other medications, and performing venipuncture and point-of-care testing.
Read more about the CMA certification, as well as the other certifications through NHA, at: www.nhanow.com
Rx TN Program Coordinator