Certified EKG Technician (Voucher Included)

Electrocardiography (EKG) technicians are vital members of any healthcare team. If you want to join the booming healthcare industry as an EKG tech, this in-depth course will train you to apply, monitor, and measure electrocardiography tests in a flexible, online learning environment. You will also learn key subjects needed to earn a nationally recognized EKG technician certification, such as measuring basic vital signs, performing rapid response procedures, operating an EKG machine, and...

12 Months / 170 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES1047

What you will learn

  • Concepts of cardiac anatomy and physiology, infection control and standard precautions appropriate to the role of an EKG Technician
  • Proper machine protocols and maintenance
  • Electrocardiography interpretation of various types of EKGs
  • Proper communication methods within clinical scenarios

How you will benefit

  • You will learn the theoretical knowledge of an EKG Technician
  • You will be prepared to take the CET certification from NHA, and will be provided with a voucher at course completion
  • Assistance from our Clinical Experience team and access to our Clinical Experience Guide

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 170 course hours
  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses: The Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  2. EKG Technician
    1. Introduction: EKG Technician
    2. Ethics, Compliance, and Communication
    3. Safety and Patient Care
    4. Patient Vital Signs
    5. Electronic Medical Records
    6. Human Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
    7. EKG Equipment Settings and Supplies; Maintenance and Disinfection
    8. Patient Preparation and Positioning
    9. Lead Placement and Artifacts
    10. Monitoring Patient Condition, Adverse Reactions, and Emergencies
    11. Fundamentals of EKG Analysis: EKG Tracing and Waveforms
    12. Waveform Symmetry, Direction and Amplitude
    13. EKG Analysis: Heart Rate Calculation
    14. EKG Analysis: Determining the Heart Rhythm
    15. Heart Electrical Physiology
    16. EKG Interpretation: Sinus and Atrial Arrhythmias
    17. Junctional and Ventricular Arrhythmias, Heart Blocks
    18. EKG Interpretation: Pacemakers
    19. EKG Interpretation: Cardiac Emergencies
    20. The Way Forward: NHA Test Preparation and Career Path

Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business information systems, a master's degree in leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Sharon L. Blackford

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a master's degree in organizational management, a bachelor's degree in business management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active-duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

Stacey O'Brien

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

Alexis M. Ramirez

Alexis M Ramirez, DNP, MSN, NPD-BC, CCRN has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for many years in cardiovascular critical care as well as taught in the acute care and academic settings. In addition to serving the community through care delivery, she has trained Patient Care Assistants, Monitor Technicians, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Registered Nurses throughout her career.

Dr. Ramirez completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from California State University, Fresno in 2021. She completed her master's in nursing education from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2014. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and as a Critical Care Nurse.

Gail Hubbard

Gail Hubbard, MSN, RN, RMA, has worked in the medical field for more than 30 years. Before earning her RN, she worked as a medical records technician, administrative and clinical medical assistant, EKG technician, and billing and coding specialist.

As an RN, Gail has worked in ICU/Stepdown, psychiatric mental health nursing, ambulatory surgery, infection control, and staff development. Gail has over ten years of experience teaching medical assisting, nursing, nurse assistant, EKG, and phlebotomy. After completing her master's degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University, Gail was the Nurse/Quality Improvement Manager for a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


To be eligible for enrollment you should have one of the following: High School Diploma, GED or equivalent, entrance test, or previous healthcare experience.

Certification Requirements:

To qualify for the NHA CET certification, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent, successfully complete the course, and you must provide proof of 10 successfully performed EKGs on live individuals.

State Requirements:

This course meets all state requirements. Certification exams offered by NHA are only available online to candidates located in the US.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: OS X 10.11 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.

The following digital textbook for the Medical Terminology are accessed via links in the lessons:

  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions (eBook)

The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Certified EKG Technician course:

  • ECG: Essentials of Electrocardiography, 1st edition, by Cathy Soto

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

According to Salary.com, the average annual EKG technician salary in the U.S. is $41,300 as of December 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $36,600 and $47,800. Compensation can vary depending on education, certifications, additional skills, and/or the number of years you have spent in your profession.

According to zippia.com, as an EKG technician, you operate advanced equipment and machines to diagnose and identify patients' conditions with cardiovascular problems. Once the results of the EKG are in, these technicians endorse the results to the physicians assigned to the patient. EKG Technicians are neither doctors nor are they expected to be medically trained.

EKG technicians typically work in hospital settings, outpatient clinics, diagnostic testing centers, labs, nursing and long-term care homes, and private physicians' practices. EKG technicians generally perform the following duties:

  • Position patients correctly for monitoring
  • Educate patients about the testing procedures
  • Run EKGs and attach leads to patients, chest, arms, and legs
  • Perform stress tests
  • Prep patients for Holter monitoring (a type of ambulatory EKG device)
  • Obtain a baseline record of the heart's function for comparison to future electrocardiograms
  • Deliver test results to physicians, nurse practitioners, or other medical professionals.
  • Perform administrative tasks related to patient appointments and record-keeping
  • Maintain EKG equipment
  • Schedule appointments
  • Assist physicians during procedures

The Certified EKG Technician (CET), provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will have the foundational knowledge required for national certification through the NHA. To qualify for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) full certification, Certified EKG Technician (CET), you may utilize the included Clinical Experience Guide to achieve the clinical requirements (10 EKGs on live humans). Additionally, in order to qualify for the certification exam, a High School Diploma, or equivalent is required.

Note: It is the responsibility of each student to obtain the Live EKG experience and ed2go is not responsible for providing or assisting with the required clinicals.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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