EKG Technician – Skill Set

The EKG Technician Skill Set prepares students for professional certification and employment in a variety of settings, such as hospital-based cardiology clinics, cardiac rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, and emergency rooms. This is a great option for the student who would like to have patient contact without being involved in performing invasive procedures. Students may also choose to use this as a building block to enhance the skills that will be learned in another allied health or nursing degrees or to add to an already completed degree.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 11
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 11


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 130 Introduction to Health Occupations 3

This course will provide the student with an overview of the health care field. Information that is covered serves as a solid foundation for all students in health sciences or health occupations, regardless of the particular health care profession they are interested in pursuing. Topics include: careers in health care, legal and ethical responsibilities, professionalism, interactions between and reaction of patients in normal and altered states, patient and personal safety and cultural diversity.

HOC 135 Electrocardiography Technician 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

This course will consist of an overview of the cardiovascular system, proper documentation and vital signs, along with HIPAA compliance and infection control in the clinical setting. The main focus of this course will be on how to perform and analyze an EKG and recognize various arrhythmias. Students will also learn about exercise electrocardiography and how to perform ambulatory monitoring. The course will also include extensive instruction on cardiovascular pharmacology.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 110 Advanced First Aid & American Heart CPR 2

This course provides instruction in adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as advanced first aid. It is designed to prepare an individual to handle medical or accidental emergencies until professional help arrives or until the victim can seek help, and to handle minor injuries that do not require professional assistance. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is qualified to receive CPR and Advanced First Aid certificates through the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Or current Healthcare Provider CPR and Basic First Aid certification