ECG Technician Certification Course

Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) provides valuable information to the cardiologist about the electrical activity in the heart. The EKG is a highly specialized and technical tool for assessing cardiac function and diagnosing cardiac disease and is a valuable addition to advancing your medical career.

RCI's Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) Technician Certification Course is a Nationally and California state approved 50-hour program completed over 6 days. This course prepares students for cardiac monitoring including Holter, 12 Lead EKG, and Stress Testing. Successful completion of this course will qualify the student to sit for and take the ASPT (American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians) or NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing) national EKG certification examination.

Upon completion of this program the student will learn:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Electrical Conduction System of the Heart
  • EKG waveform analysis
  • Components of obtaining an accurate EKG reading
  • Role and responsibilities of person obtaining and monitoring EKG
  • Perform a 12 lead EKG
  • Proper EKG lead placement; Practice performing an EKG
  • Discuss the sites of action potential generation and propagation through the cardiac conduction system. Contrast the effect of parasympathetic with sympathetic stimulation of the cardiac conduction system.
  • Correlate the actions of the heart represented by the p wave, PR interval, QRS complex, and T-wave.
  • Choose proper placement of electrodes based on ECG mechanics.
  • Calculate a heart rate from an ECG strip
  • Analyze how the following rhythms would appear on an ECG stip.
  • List 5 common causes of abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Analyze how the following dysrhythmias would appear on an ECG stip.
  • Describe the interventions intended to correct the effects of insufficient tissue perfusion associated with dysrhythmia.
  • EKG Interpretation: identification of waveforms on rhythm strip; Measurement of waveforms on rhythm strip; determining heart rate from rhythm strips.
  • Recognition of sinus rhythms: 1. Normal sinus rhythm 2. Sinus Bradycardia 3. Sinus tachycardia 4. Sinus Arrhythmia.
  • Atrial rhythms: interpretation, causes and treatment modalities of abnormal atrial rhythms
  • Ventricular rhythms: interpretation, causes and treatment modalities of abnormal ventricular rhythms
  • Junctional rhythms: interpretation, causes and treatment modalities of abnormal junctional rhythms
  • Atrial fibrillation; premature ventricular contractions; ventricular fibrillation; asystole; ventricular standstill
  • Interpretation of Heart Blocks.
  • Recognize EKG findings of Myocardial Infarction and ischemia
  • Holter Monitoring: leads placement, procedure, analysis
  • Reading of artificial Pacemakers
  • How to perform interventions associated with common arrhythmias, especially life-threatening arrhythmias.

The curriculum includes:

  • Introduction and Indications for EKG Testing
  • The Anatomy and Physiology: Function
  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Basic Electrocardiology
  • Electrical Conduction
  • The Electrocardiogram
  • Introduction to Sinus Rhythms
  • Introduction to Atrial Rhythms
  • Introduction to Junctional Rhythms
  • Introduction to Ventricular Rhythms
  • Introduction to Heart Block Rhythms
  • Introduction to Pacemaker Rhythms
  • Assessment and Treatment of Patient with Cardiac Emergency
  • Use of Testing Equipment
  • Psychological Conditioning of the Patient

Learn more about Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) educational and career opportunities.

Upcoming Classes

OPEN - ECG/EKG - January 2018
January 12-21
Two consecutive Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. January 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21, 2018.

Classroom Information & Schedule

Electrocardiograph (ECG/EKG) Technician Certification Course

Classroom held at:
11350 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, CA 91731

Session times will vary.

Note: Class Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

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