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.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 253

This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

PNC 100 Body Structure & Function 4 ENG 085*

(SAME AS MOA 141) This course is a body systems approach to the body structures and functions providing a foundation of understanding normal and abnormal body functions and disease processes.


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