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EKG Technician Training Program

Master the skills required to work as an Electrocardiogram (EKG) technician in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals and physicians’ offices.

EKG technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities, and are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart.


The Berkeley College EKG Technician Training program focuses on administering and interpreting EKG tests. In addition, students will learn to prepare and educate patients prior to collecting valuable diagnostic data used to determine heart function. Learners will use machines to monitor the electrical conduction of the heart, acquire EKGs, prepare patients for stress testing, and simulate how to apply Holter monitors. The program also includes background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal aspects of patient contact.

All topics explored in the Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography (EKG) course prepare learners for the Certified Electrocardiography Technician (CET) certification examination offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), as well as for Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association.

The following costs are included in the fee for the EKG Technician Training program:

  • Certified Electrocardiography Technician certification exam offered through the NHA
  • Certified Electrocardiography Technician certification exam review
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification offered through the American Heart Association
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification exam review and training
  • Required E-text
  • Lab fees

This 9-credit program is offered in a combination of online and onsite instruction. Learning takes place online with the exception of the mandatory 30-hour onsite laboratory component for the Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography course, which can be taken at any New Jersey campus where the course is offered. The EKG Technician Training program can be completed in one semester.

Credit hours from the completed certificate program may be applied toward credits for a degree program offered within the College’s School of Health Studies.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

  • MED1130 - Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography (15-weeks | 3 Credits)
    • Includes a mandatory 30-hour onsite lab component
  • HEA2200 - Medical Terminology (15-weeks | 3 Credits)
  • SCI1120 - Human Biology (15-weeks | 3 Credits)

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn how to perform electrocardiogram (EKG) on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed. Students will also learn to respond to common emergency situations, administer first aid in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, recognize the effect of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations, and demonstrate self-awareness in responding to emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on professional attitudes and the principles and basic concepts of ethics and laws involved in providing medical services. Students must obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification through the American Heart Association.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI1100

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

Study of the structure and function of the human body. Students are introduced to the various body systems, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, special senses, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, hematological/immunological, and cardiovascular. Course includes definitions, terminology, chemical basis of life, and energy, as well as microbiology.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.