Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician

Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician

What is an EKG (ECG) Technician?

A basic EKG traces electrical impulses transmitted by the heart, technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms, and legs.  An EKG Technician manipulates switches on an EKG machine to obtain a reading. An EKG is printed out for interpretation by the physician. This test is done before most kinds of surgery or as part of a routine physical examination, especially on persons who have reached middle age or who have a history of cardiovascular problems. EKG technicians must be reliable, have mechanical aptitude, and be able to follow detailed instructions. A pleasant, relaxed manner for putting patients at ease is an asset. They must be articulate as they must communicate technically with physicians and also explain procedures simply to patients.

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of High School Diploma/GED or higher education
  • Completed EKG Enrollment Packet (PDF)
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Professionals (CPR)
  • Proof of negative TB Test within the last year 
  • Course Description

    ECRD 1011: Electrocardiography

    Fundamentals of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Includes basic electrocardiography procedures, interpretation of basic dysrhythmias, and appropriate treatment modalities. Students will be able to describe the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system; perform basic electrocardiography procedures; interpret basic dysrhythmias; and demonstrate appropriate treatments.

Program Requirements

English reading, writing, speaking proficiency and comprehension

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Page last updated January 9, 2023.

Contact Information

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Corpus Christi, TX 78404

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Corpus Christi, TX 78411