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EKG Technician

Gain the knowledge necessary to excel as an EKG technician. Apply your skills in this growing field and deliver quality cardiac patient care.


Education that Drives Your Career Forward

Cal State East Bay’s EKG Technician Certificate Program provides the skills you need to make an impact in the healthcare profession. You’ll learn about the anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes and terminology, electrocardiography, and echocardiography.

Cal State East Bay’s EKG Technician Certificate Program provides the skills you need to make an impact in the healthcare profession.

You’ll also gain insight into medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact. Most importantly, you’ll be prepared to take national certification examinations sponsored by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT).

Exam Prep

Preparation for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) Electrocardiograph Technician Exam

CCI Partner

Offered in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International (CCI), industry leader in healthcare education and training programs 

Faculty Excellence

Taught by faculty with extensive experience in EKG and cardiac medicine

Held at CSUEB’s Oakland Center, the EKG Technician Program places you in the role of both technician and patient. During hands-on labs, you’ll be introduced to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, learn the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, and other clinical practices.

The course is ideal for working professionals who want to enter the field or advance their careers. Having the flexibility to expand your education at your own pace is definitely a benefit of the program.

Huyen TruongClass of 2013

Your Skills in Action

Participating in CSUEB’s EKG Technician Certificate Program provides you with the foundation necessary to excel in the healthcare field. You will leave the program with:

Practical skills required to attain entry-level EKG technician positions.

Skills and knowledge necessary to sit for state and national certification exams.

Expertise in clinical practices such as proper use of the EKG machine and 12-lead placement.

Deliver Critical Healthcare Services

Diagnosing medical conditions using non-invasive methods is the preference of doctors, patients, and insurers. As a result, imaging technology will continue to be an important component when diagnosing patients. Armed with your EKG Technician Certificate, you demonstrate to employers that you have the knowledge and practical skills to be a contributing member of their healthcare team. Whether you’re overseeing EKG test procedures or assisting physicians with diagnosing cardiac irregularities, your presence and skills are vital to ensuring quality patient care.

Occupational Outlook

$52,000 Salary

In May 2012, the median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians, a category that includes EKG technicians, was $52,070.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

39% Growth

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow 39 percent from 2012 to 2022 – much faster than the average for all occupations.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Market Trends

Hospitals are the primary employer of cardiovascular technologists and technicians; however, employment in physicians' offices as well as medical and diagnostic laboratories is projected to increase.
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor   

It was an excellent class and the professor was very dedicated and had passion for her field.

Rob GoldsteinClass of 2013

Patient Care at Its Finest

With your certificate from Cal State East Bay, you’ll have the hands-on experience required to provide critical healthcare services. You can perform diagnostic imaging tests with skill and confidence while also instilling confidence in your patients. You’ll oversee EKG test procedures, record EKG readings, administer stress tests, and administer Holter monitoring tests. You’ll also provide EKG test data to physicians for additional analysis.

Upon completion of the program, graduates have accepted positions in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and clinics. Still others have joined insurance companies where they assist with establishing health and life insurance policies.

Here is what successful graduates of the program have to say:

The course allowed me to work at my own pace. I had the flexibility to balance my professional demands while expanding my education.

Sorin NeaguClass of 2014

The program has absolutely helped me in my career. I am a health educator and it has increased my knowledge of the heart and heart disease greatly.

Rob GoldsteinClass of 2013

The program provides an excellent learning experience. The teachers are extremely knowledgeable and are always willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed.

Ali DuraniClass of 2013

Program Objectives

Completing Cal State East Bay’s EKG Technician Program will provide you with working knowledge of:

  • Medical ethics and legal aspects surrounding patient contact.
  • Medical disease processes and terminology related to electrocardiography.
  • How to analyze and interpret EKG strips.
  • How an EKG department functions in various environments including clinics, hospitals, offices, and mobile settings.
  • How to analyze EKG printouts to measure cardiac intervals and complexes as well as determine normal versus abnormal readings.

Program Format

The EKG Technician Certificate Program is offered in the evenings in a classroom setting at CSUEB’s Oakland Center.

Certificate Requirements

To earn an EKG Technician Certificate, you must complete one required 10-week/50-hour course. The course includes a graded final exam to help prepare you for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician Exams. You will be required to pass EKG Technician Exams and other state and national certification exams administered by ASPT.

Required Courses

EXSP 8831: EKG Technician Certification Program
5 CEUs

Ready to Enroll?

If you have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, you’re invited to enroll in the EKG Technician Program.

Common Questions

Is there a withdrawal and refund policy?

Withdrawal and Refund Policies vary depending on the type of program in which you enroll. Some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies that supersede the general refund policy. Please contact us directly if you have any questions about our refund and drop policies or click here for more details.

What financing options are available to me?

Cal State East Bay is proud to help veterans and their families in achieving their educational and career goals. A variety of programs have been pre-approved for tuition assistance for active and retired military, and qualified dependents. Get VA Educational Benefit details online, including which programs have been pre-approved, application and reimbursement processes, and contacts who can help you along the way.

Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for certificate programs, but there may be other suitable options to help you in financing your program. Learn more about other financial aid options.

Detailed Course information

EKG Technician Detailed Course Information

  • Role of the EKG technician
  • Function of the EKG department in a variety of settings  (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
  • Introduction to medical terminology
  • Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
  • Care and safety of patients including medical and legal aspects
  • Anatomy of the heart, conduction system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Electrical conduction system of the heart
  • Cardiac cycle (electric system)
  • EKG strip analysis (P,Q,R,S,T wave form interpretation)
  • Normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardis, sinus tachycardia
  • Basic EKG interpretation, sinus rhythm, and ventricular rhythms
  • Recognizing artifacts, troubleshooting and tracing problems
  • Practice EKG strips and EKG rhythms
  • Preparing a patient for EKG
  • Interpretation and troubleshooting of 12 lead EKGs
  • 12 lead placement
  • Echocardiography

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in EKG Technician

Ideal for: Individuals interested in healthcare careers as EKG technicians

Program format: In-person courses held at CSUEB’s Oakland Center

Number of courses: 1 course

Program length: 10 weeks; 50 hours

Tuition cost: $1,450 (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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