EKG Technician

Train for a New Career as an EKG Technician and Make a Difference

When you train with {{$root.brand.brandName}} you can be prepared for a successful career as an EKG technician in less than a month. The healthcare industry is growing rapidly, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that employment for cardiology technicians, which includes EKG technicians, will grow by 23% by 2026.* The EKG technician career path offers several benefits:

  • Helping people — You can work in a field that focuses on helping people and making a difference with their health every day.
  • Competitive salaries and benefits — EKG technicians enjoy competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.
  • High-demand skill — If you’re already working in the healthcare industry, adding EKG technician certification is a great skill to add to your arsenal.

Choose our training for:

  • Certification program – CareerStep’s EKG Technicians program prepares you with the knowledge needed to take the Certified EKG Technician (CET) industry certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). To qualify for exam registration, you will also need to set up a live experience with a local hospital to perform 10 EKGs on a person.
  • Comprehensive support – CareerStep offers you the flexibility of online training in addition to the assurance of live, experienced, one-on-one support whenever you need it.

With our online EKG technician training you’ll have the specialized training you need to excel in your new field. Call 1-877-225-7151 for more details.


EKG technicians work in many different healthcare settings. These trained technicians perform assessment tests using technology which records the electrical activity of the heart through the proper placement of electrode patches on the patient’s body, and the resulting EKG rhythms provide valuable data used in diagnosing heart conditions.

This EKG Technician program will train you to perform the following tasks:

  • Measure basic vital signs and perform rapid response procedures
  • Operate an EKG machine and interpret output
  • Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing
  • Record lead placement, measure and identify rhythms
  • Prepare patients for, perform, and monitor stress tests and Holter monitoring

The growing healthcare industry will add more jobs in the coming years than any other industry.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were over fifty thousand cardiology technicians in 2013 and that the occupation is expected to experience 23% growth by 2026. Demand for EKG technicians has increased due to rapidly evolving technology, and the decreasing cost of EKG technology also makes it more accessible for medical providers outside of hospitals. This, coupled with the overall shift of healthcare from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting, is expected to boost the demand for EKG technicians in doctor’s offices and diagnostic facilities.


With opportunities nationwide, EKG technicians can earn competitive salaries. The middle 50% of EKG technicians earn between $25,000 and $39,000 a year according to PayScale and the median income is $30,764.

EKG certification is not required but employers are increasingly looking to hire certified technicians.

CareerStep has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares individuals to work as EKG technicians. With CareerStep, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right training; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your training into a job.

Choose CareerStep for the quality training you need to take your next career step into EKG testing and monitoring.

See what makes CareerStep different in our quick introduction.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED). There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the CareerStep training program.

The CareerStep program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of an EKG technician.

The CareerStep EKG Technician training program is 31 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary. The course is designed to be completed in less than a month of full-time study, and you receive an initial 3-month period of training to provide you the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for you.

A 1-month course extension is available should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Your training includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical coding and billing. Your program includes:

  • Access to expert-created training
  • Complete library of industry standard codebooks
  • Access to 3M encoding software
  • Online access to the 3M reference library (includes over $1500 worth of references)
  • Technical support