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The Electrocardiography (EKG)/Cardiac Monitor Technician

Electrocardiography (EKG)/ cardiac monitor Technician

The Electrocardiography (EKG)/Cardiac Monitor Technician is the person responsible for performing diagnostic tests to access the heart rhythm and rate in patients. EKG's are also performed before and after operations, during physicals, examinations of patients over 40, for patients with a history of heart disease, when patients are experiencing chest pains and when the Doctor deems it necessary. The well trained EKG/Cardiac Monitor technician is an integral part of the management of patients with heart disease. The EKG/Cardiac Monitor Technician may also clean equipment, maintain and process data reports.

After the required prerequisites, the program can be completed in one quarter. Besides classroom practice, this program includes 40 hours of clinical externship under the guidance of experienced professionals.

Student statement: 

"When I was looking to increase my healthcare skills, Edmonds College was the only school in my area to have the specific classes and training I wanted. The EKG and Monitor Technician courses were led by knowledgeable, friendly instructors who had extensive experience in hospitals and/or clinics. They gave me the great base of knowledge I needed to get hired and helped me complete the required hours of externship as well! I was hired by a large local hospital shortly after I finished the certifications and I now work as a Cardiac Telemetry Technician (Monitor Tech) and love my job! I appreciate Edmonds College having the accredited programs I was looking for that helped to change my career path." 


EKG Graduate

Curriculum at a glance

Prerequisites Credits
AHE 110 Introduction to Healthcare 5
AHE 115 Basic Life Support/CPR 1
AHE 116 Intro to Health Care  4
BSTEC 104 Medical Terminology 3

Prerequisites are offered every quarter.

Note: Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an advisor for more information.

Second Quarter Credits
AHE 112 EKG/Cardiac Monitor/Telemetry 5
AHE 119 EKG Practicum 1

EKG courses are generally offered in fall, winter and spring quarters.

*Please see the projected annual schedule.