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ECG Technician

ECG Technician

JCCC’s ECG technician certification program is more than simply learning to apply the electrodes and operating the ECG machine.

A healthcare worker looking at a monitor while two other healthcare workers attend to a patient on a bed

Become a pro as you learn how to read the ECG strip and identify cardiac rhythms to provide immediate feedback to physicians and nurses regarding patients' health status. ECG technicians are a viable part of the team that takes the edge off of patients who are anxious about their health by explaining testing procedures to reduce anxiety.

During the course of a career, professionals will:

  • Conduct electrocardiogram (ECG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.
  • Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
  • Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
  • Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
  • Prepare and position patients for testing.
  • Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, and operate the ECG machine to obtain a reading.
  • Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
  • Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.