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BOSTON REED COLLEGE® Allied Health Training Programs
Official Course Outline

Electrocardiography Technician

Goals and Purpose: Upon successful completion of course, the student will receive a certificate of completion from Boston Reed College. Graduates will be qualified to take the optional certification examination for EKG Technician offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT.)

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Articulate the role and responsibilities of an EKG technician. 
  2. Explain the role of an EKG technician on a multidisciplinary team. 
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. 
  4. Describe the phases of the cardiac cycle. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology related to the heart and EKG. 
  6. Explain the purpose of the EKG leads. 
  7. Describe characteristics of EKG tracings such as rhythm, rate, wave configuration, interval measurement, segments, and complex duration. 
  8. Become familiar with different EKG equipment including positive and negative electrode placement and leads. Set up EKG equipment.
  9. Develop familiarity with the Patient’s Bill of Rights, confidentiality, and other legal considerations related to EKG technicians.
  10. Introduce himself/herself in a professional manner. 
  11. Use appropriate identification techniques to identify the patient 
  12. Explain the preparation of the patient, room, and equipment for EKG. 
  13. List the important information that must be included on the EKG report. 
  14. Demonstrate the ability to recognize normal and abnormal EKGs. 
  15. Demonstrate basic understanding of cardiac disorders and emergencies. 
  16. Explain the purpose and the pharmacology of drugs commonly used in the treatment of cardiac disorders. 
  17. Identify artifact and its causes. 
  18. Demonstrate proficiency in electrocardiography (EKG) by obtaining an EKG from a patient. 
  19. Explain Holter monitoring. 
  20. Demonstrate the application of a Holter monitor on a patient.

Instructional Units/Hours of Instruction:


1.  Introduction to Role of EKG Technician  7
2.  Professionalism/ Cultural Competency/Patient Rights  7
3.  Cardiovascular Anatomy & Physiology/ Medical Terminology  14
4.  Electrocardiography 35
5.  Holter Monitoring


Total Hours 70









Instructional Strategies:

  • Lecture
  • Individualized Study 
  • Small Group Discussions 
  • Large Group Discussions 
  • Skills Demonstration 
  • Competency Check-off 
  • Role Play 
  • Small Group Projects 
  • Independent Research 
  • Workbook/Homework Assignments 
  • Textbook Assignments 
  • Multimedia

Methods of Evaluation:

  • Quizzes
  • Workbook Assignments
  • Competency Check-off
  • Midterm Exam
  • Final Exam
Last updated: 6/20/2012 11:25:21 AM