EKG technicians, sometimes called cardiographic technicians, specialize in electrocardiography, or EKG testing. EKGs measure and record heart action and rhythm by graphically tracing electrical activity occurring during heartbeats. Technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms and legs, and then manipulate switches on an EKG machine to obtain a reading. Physicians use EKG readings in diagnosing heart ailments, monitoring heart functions, and recording patients’ progress.
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The skill set requires 11 credits of study, in which students will learn about body structure and function, skills of the EKG technician, information on health occupations, as well as information on cardiovascular drugs and how to read the EKG printout to recognize arrhythmias and other abnormalities. It may be completed in one semester, and may be a good stepping-stone for students interested in health care but unsure of what field they want to choose, or those who are waiting for admittance to another program, such as sonography or nursing.
EKC technicians may work in hospital-based cardiology clinics, cardiac rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices and emergency rooms. This skill set may also be used to as a building block to enhance another allied health or nursing degree.
In Michigan, EKG Technicians employed in hospitals and related institutions averaged $29,390 (late 2008), with most earnings between $24,689 and $33,529.
Employment of EKG technicians is expected to increase about 30 percent through the year 2022.