The purpose of this program is to prepare the student for an entry-level position as an EKG Technician. The program provides competency in the ability to conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. EKG technicians may conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Program graduates, will be eligible to obtain an EKG Technician certification, upon successfully passing the applicable certification examination. Graduates will be qualified for employment at hospitals, clinics or at any health care institution under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. The college awards a certificate upon completion of this program.
COMPETENCIES OF EKG TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
The content of the program is designed to provide the student with knowledge of:
- Know and understand heart and EKG Terminology
- Know and label the structure of the heart.
- Know and understand circulation of the blood within the heart.
- Know and understand the cardiac conduction system.
- Know why an EKG is done.
- Know the 12 leads of an EKG, their placement and what they represent.
- Know a 3 lead EKG and their placement.
- Know a 5 lead EKG and their placement.
- Identify and spot common artifacts on an EKG.
- Be able to prep a patient for an EKG and run it accurately.
- Recognize the cardiac cycle and how it relates to an EKG.
- Successfully meet AHA criteria for certification in CPR.
- Describe behaviors for job success.
- Be able to calculate a patient's heart rate from EKG tracing.
- Discuss the waveforms of a cardiac cycle and identify symmetry, direction, and amplitude.
- Identify the major classifications of arrhythmias
- Identify major variances om waveforms
- Be able to obtain patient vital sign
Through the completion of the EKG Technician program the students will be able to learn fundamentals of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Includes basic electrocardiography procedures, interpretation of basic dysrhythmias, and appropriate treatment modalities. Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. The student will participate in clinical hours that will provide the student with the opportunity to observe, assist, learn and perform in an on-the-job setting the necessary abilities to function with a patient.