The Healthcare Training Academy presents:
ECG Certification Course
(Telemetry Certification Course / ECG Technician Course)
Whether you are an RN/LPN/APN, PA, EMT, Nurses’ Aide, Patient Care Technician, or a member of the general public wanting to enter the healthcare field, this fun yet highly educationally intense ECG/Telemetry/Technician program delivers certification in the foundation, acquisition, and interpretation of electrocardiograms (ECGs). This course prepares you for an ECG and/or Telemetry Certification (depending upon the track you seek, see below).
- Track 1: Telemetry Certification Course: 100% online program; no classroom required. This certification is necessary if you interpret ECG tracings. HCTA issues the certification.
- Track 2: ECG Technician Certification Course & Telemetry Certification Course: online (includes track 1 above) & classroom/in-person lab required. Upon completing both tracks (1 and 2), you will be prepared to take the National ECG Certification. This certification, available from the National Healthcareers Association (NHA), is necessary if you will be employed to interpret ECGs AND acquire ECG tracings at the bedside. Upon completing this track, you will be permitted to sit for the optional National Healthcareers Association (NHA)* Certified ECG Technician (CET) examination. Track 2 students meet weekly (for approximately 5-6 weeks) for lab classes, additional review, ECG skills practice, and much more. When you enroll in Track 2 (this track), you will also be enrolled in Track 1. Due to COVID19, we are currently not offering track 2; only Track 1 is available at this time. Check back frequently for updates.
*Location (for Track 2): The Healthcare Training Academy, Hillsborough, NJ (registration required). Offered Fall ONLY. Allow up to 8 weeks for certificate delivery from HCTA. Call our office if you would like to bring this program to your facility/organization to train your team members. Track 2 offers instructor assistance and teachings. Track 1 is 100% online, and no instructor assistance is available.
**Many healthcare facilities require the NHA National Certified ECG Technician Certification. The track 2 program qualifies you to take their examination.
FAQ: What is the difference between a Telemetry Technician and an ECG Technician?
- Telemetry Technician: typically monitors patients' heart rates and rhythms at a healthcare facility. The Telemetry Technician's role is to produce ECG strips from the central ECG monitor, monitor life-threatening arrhythmias, perform an interpretation of patients' rhythms, and lots more. Typically those with a "Telemetry Certification" do not acquire ECGs, i.e., 12-Leads, Holter Monitor, perform stress testing, and other hands-on duties. In many facilities, direct patient care is not performed by Telemetry Technicians; however, consult with your organization if a Track 1 ("Telemetry Technician" certification) is sufficient for their employment needs. In short, at this level, you won't perform any hands-on patient care but are usually situated in a central monitoring station perform duties that demand prompt and efficient interpretation of ECGs).
- ECG Technician: includes all of the roles and responsibilities of the "Telemetry Technician", above, and performs hands-on patient care (i.e., acquires ECGs, performs stress testing, performs many hands-on skills and is involved in direct patient care). To obtain this status, you must enroll in track 2 to participate in hands-on lab and skills testing at our facility.
- Introduction, Basics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Waveform identification,
- Setup & Operation of ECG machines (Track 2 ONLY: Lab/practice),
- Atrial Rhythms,
- Junctional Rhythms,
- AV Block Rhythms,
- Ventricular Rhythms,
- Life-Threatening Rhythms & Other Considerations, and special procedures (stress testing theory, pacemakers, etc.)
- Final Exam (online)
Audience: RNs, LPNs, APNs, PAs, EMTs, Nurses’ Aides, Patient Care Technicians, students, or general public members looking for a career change.
Continuing Education Credit:
- Track 1: 20.9 hours awarded upon program completion
- Track 2: 44.7 hours awarded upon program completion (includes 20.9 Track 1 contact hours).