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Cardiac Monitor/Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician Certificate

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15 Credits
The Cardiac Monitor/Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician program prepares students with the knowledge, experience, exposure and confidence to monitor and interpret cardiac telemetry rhythms as well as perform diagnostic testing to assess heart rhythm and rate.  Cardiac Monitor/Electrocardiography Technicians play an important role in the management of patients with heart disease or injury by observing, documenting, and reporting normal, abnormal and potentially life-threatening cardiac rhythms to the appropriate medical staff. Electrocardiography Technicians typically work in hospital and outpatient clinic environments while Cardiac Monitor Technicians typically work in the hospital or a centralized monitoring setting. They play a vital role in the lives of cardiac patients and are a critical member of the health care team.

This program will include fundamental information on anatomy and physiology of the heart and cardiovascular system, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical legal ethics, and communication, and intensive EKG monitor strip interpretations. Additionally, you will spend time in the lab setting working with monitoring equipment and observing in the clinical environment working with Cardiac Monitor Technicians.

Admission Requirements:

  • 18 years of
  • Valid photo ID (driver’s license or any state-issued photo
  • Must pass a National, Washington State Patrol and DSHS Background
  • All required immunizations
  • Liability Insurance

For the complete details, please refer to the EKG Technician Application.

Contacts: Nursing Advisor nursing@greenriver.edu or Adam Brown abrown@greenriver.edu

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Program Outcomes

  1. Describe Cardiac Monitoring and EKG services, ethical, legal, and regulatory issues including HIPPA.
  2. Describe anatomic structures and function of body systems using correct medical terminology in relation to services performed by Cardiac Monitor/Electrocardiography (EKG) Technicians.
  3. Describe standard operating procedures for monitoring and interpreting cardiac rhythms and performing EKGs.
  4. Perform infection control techniques and safety, complying with federal, state, and locally mandated regulations regarding safety practices.
  5. Perform duties safely and effectively within their scope of practice as a Cardiac Monitor/Electrocardiography Technician.
  6. Maintain records, documentation of findings and reporting findings to the appropriate medical staff.
  7. Function as a member of the health care team.
  8. Communicate appropriately and professionally in the workplace.


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