What is an EKG technician
The EKG technicians are also called as cardiovascular technologists and they assist physicians by providing the cardiovascular image reports. The job of an EKG technician is to operate an imaging technology, perform electrocardiogram tests, stress tests, monitor the heart performance, diagnose the ailment associated with heart and blood vessels, generate EKG reports, edit the final diagnosis and forward the test reports to the cardiovascular consultant for further analysis. The main advantage from being an EKG technician is that one can receive on-the-job training opportunity and perform basic EKGs within a short time ranging from 4 to 6 weeks on pursuing on-the-job training program. Read more about detailed EKG tech job description.
EKG technician training
An aspiring EKG technician should first complete an entry level education (high school diploma or its equivalent) and enroll in any associate or bachelor’s degree program in nursing, EMT or a paramedical course. Alternately, the candidate can also get enrolled in an accredited EKG technician certification program and undergo about 4 to 6 weeks of EKG hands-on and lab training or on job training under the supervision of an EKG technologist or cardiologist.
EKG technician certification
The students who graduate from an approved EKG training program qualify for the EKG technician’s certification examination officially conducted by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Also, the candidates with 6 months of EKG experience are also eligible for Electrocardiograph (EKG) technician exam conducted by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT). One should also perform specialized EKG tests including TMT and undergo a further training for the duration of 18-24 months.
How much does an EKG technician earn ?
The average annual salary for an EKG technician in the United States is about $64,900 and an average hourly wage is about $31.2 per hour. Read more about EKG technician salary.