Cardiographic Technician (EKG)

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Certified Cardiographic Technicians are allied health professionals who are trained to perform various diagnostic procedures as directed by a physician. The results of these procedures are used in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients suffering from cardiac diseases. Cardiographic Technicians are also sometimes referred to as Cardiology or Cardiac Technicians, as well as EKG Technicians. The program offered by the Arizona Medical Training Institute provides an advanced form of EKG Technician training. In addition to learning how to monitor EKG machines and interpret EKG/ECG readouts, the curriculum includes training in Holter monitoring and stress testing. This comprehensive 60 hour course begins with 12 hours of eLearning from the convenience of your home computer, combined with 48 classroom hours taught over 3 consecutive Saturday/Sunday weekends (8:00am to 4:30pm) or 3 consecutive Monday thru Thursday weeks in the Evening (5:00pm to 9:00pm) . Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, students will be provided with the knowledge and practical experience needed to enter this high-growth field.

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certification as a Cardiographic Technician. As an option (highly recommended), students desiring to become a National Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) can take the test, if qualified, offered by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International Registry (CCI). Eligibility requirements for the CCT exam are determined solely by CCI. AMTI’s program has been approved by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education as well as CCI, the premier international credentialing organization for the Cardiovascular Technology professions.

COURSE OVERVIEW:

This is an excellent program choice if you are looking to become a certified cardiographic technician. This complete preparatory program is affordable and flexible for students who have unique scheduling needs as the 60 hour course entails a combination of 12 hours of eLearning from the convenience of your home computer and 3 weekends of classes meeting Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 4:30pm or 3 weeks of evening classes meeting Monday thru Thursday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  During the course, students will:

  • Learn how to efficiently perform rhythm and 12 lead EKG testing.
  • Throughout the program students will be taught to evaluate and interpret electrocardiograms. Holter Monitoring and Stress testing techniques will also be introduced.
  • Students will learn Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology, Hypertrophy and Enlargement of the Heart, Arrhythmias, Conduction Blocks, and other key understandings pertinent to the CCT role.
  • The program will educate students to comprehend the business, marketing and legal issues associated with the profession.

Upon completion of the course students will be eligible to sit for the National Examination through Cardiovascular Credentialing International Registry (CCI) to obtain their National Certification (CCT). Qualification to take the exam is the exclusive right of CCI.

Students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine and other clinical practices.

Classes are scheduled on the weekend allowing students to maintain their normal Monday thru Friday schedule. The program format consists of a 3 consecutive Saturday and Sunday (8:00am to 4:30pm) Weekend Program. The 12 hour eLearning component must be completed prior to the classroom phase beginning.

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What are the CCT program prerequisites?:

  • The Copy of High School Diploma, G.E.D., or College Grade Report.
  • Students must be willing to submit to a drug test and/or criminal background check, if requested. Note: Students should be aware that Employers could require a drug test and/or criminal background check as part of their employment process. Please be aware that if a student fails the drug test, criminal background check & fails to become immunized they cannot become employed.

What are the CCT program completion requirements?:

  • Complete 12 eLearning Hours and 48 classroom hours for a total of 60 hours.
  • Score 80% or higher on classroom exams, 80% or higher on skill assessments, and 80% or higher on the course final exam.
  • Pass the CCI National Certification exams ( optional…but highly recommended!)

How much does CCT/EKG training cost?:

  • Course Tuition is $800.00 includes textbooks and lab materials.
  • Students, at the time of registration, can pay the tuition in full, or utilize a 2-payment approach ($400.00 at registration; balance 1st weekend of class) in meeting the tuition requirements for the program.
  • Optional: CCI National Certification exam leading to a CCT (CCI) designation = $160.00. For the CCI exam, students must pass a multiple-choice exam offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (www.cci-online.org). CCI reserves the right to deny an application, revoke the eligibility of a candidate, or take action against any registrant who has been convict­ed, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere (no contest) to an offense that is classified as a misdemeanor or felony which is directly or indirectly related to patient care or public health. Crimes which may directly or indirectly relate to patient care or public health include, but are not limited to murder; attempted murder; manslaughter; rape; attempted rape; sexual assault; sexual abuse; assault; driving while intoxicated or impaired; controlled substance abuse; and fraudulently altering medi­cal documentation, insurance claims, and medical prescriptions. In order to maintain their credentials, a CCT must complete continuing education courses or retest every three years. They must also pay maintenance dues and comply with the organization’s code of ethics.

Where can a CCT work after graduation?:

  • The employment opportunities and job growth for this career are considered strong. Due to the aging baby boomer population, the healthcare industry in general is expected to see a considerable increase in growth over the next decade. As the population continues to age, the rate of heart disease will become more prevalent and the demand for Cardiographic Technicians is expected to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) did not have the specific employment outlook for certified cardiographic technicians; however, the organization did report that the employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians was projected to increase 29% between 2010 and 2020. The best employment opportunities would be for technicians and technologists trained in several procedures and holding multiple certifications.
  • PayScale.com reported that EKG monitor technicians earned a median annual salary of almost $28,000 as of March 2012.
  • Graduates of this program can seek employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, ambulatory care centers, and cardiologists’ offices.
  • Cardiographic techs can improve their job prospects by sitting for the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) exam offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).