EKG Technician Certification

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EKG Technician Certification


On May 11,  2018, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) accreditation to the EKG Technician Certification (ETC) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

Abbreviation of Certification: ETC

Fee charged for the exam: $109.00 (Study Material Included)

For more information, please view the Certification Program Outline  and Exam Blueprint.

Description and Purpose of Test

EKG Technicians assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of various cardiovascular problems. Areas of practice for cardiovascular technologists include invasive cardiology, vascular cardiology and echocardiography. An EKG technician is someone who works in the area of echocardiography. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the expected growth for EKG technicians is anticipated to be about 24% from 2008-2018.

EKG technicians have the education to provide electrocardiograms (EKGs), ultrasounds, and sonograms of a patient’s heart. An EKG is a medical test that records the heart’s electrical impulses. Although a hospital is a common place where an EKG technician may work, clinics, acute care facilities as well as doctor’s offices are also ideal places for an EKG technician to work.

EKG technician’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepare patients for an EKG
  • Interact with patients
  • Perform the EKG*
  • Apply electrodes and leads
  • Perform Holter Monitoring and Stress Testing
  • Recognizing the need for continuing education and staying current in health care mandates

The test is comprised of 110 questions in EKG:

The breakdown is as follows: Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the heart, diseases and disorders of the heart, electrocardiography, pharmacology, and general patient care.

*10 questions are un-scored.

Allotted time for examinees is 2 hours.

EKG Exam Statistics

*The AMCA recommends a minimum of 10 successful EKG’s. The laws and regulations pertaining to minimum requirements and the allied health industry vary by state. It is highly recommended that test candidates familiarize themselves with their particular states rules and regulations regarding certification requirements.

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