This comprehensive 40 hour ECG/EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as ECG/EKG Technicians and to take the American Certification Agency (ACA) – National Electrocardiograph Technician Exam. This program will include important practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, and electro-cardiography. In addition, students will practice with equipment and perform hands on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall from proper lead placement, proper 12-lead placement, medical disease processes, and other clinical practices.

What Does an EKG Technician Do?

ECG/EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. These tests include basic ECG/ EKGs, 12-lead placement. They assist a physician in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities.

Classroom instruction: 40 hours 

For prices and schedules click here for the Roanoke Campus or the Charlottesville Campus.

  General Requirements

  Valid Identification (passport, driver’s license, state ID)

  • Social Security Card
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Criminal Background check (provided by school)

Job Outlook

Similar to other growing healthcare professions, the demand for ECG/EKG Technicians is expected to continue to grow substantially.

ECG/EKG Technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities and organizations. ECG/EKG Technicians also work for insurance companies to establish health and life insurance policies.

National Certification

   Our ECG/EKG Technician program is approved for national certification testing.

Upon successful completion of the ECG/EKG Technician training program the graduate will have the option (for an additional fee of $125.00) to apply and test for the National Health Career Association (NHA) National Exam .The national exam is administered on-site at Fast Track Health Care Education.

National Certification is voluntary. It represents not only compliance with established medical standards, but also highlights the health care professional’s commitment to quality and professionalism. Having national certification demonstrates to the healthcare industry that the individual is proficient in his/her specific area of study. National certification is a competency standard and has proven to be a valuable asset in securing employment as well as advancement on any career ladder. Having NHA National Certification gives the health care professional the competitive edge he/she needs in the job search market. To employers it separates the serious from someone whom is not serious, and may well be the deciding factor in obtaining a job or promotion.