Certified EKG Technician (CET) Prep

By administering EKGs — testing the electronic activity of the heart through small electrode patches attached to the body — you’ll be making a life-changing difference, helping people of all ages prevent and treat heart disease. As an EKG tech, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Set up and administer EKGs (electrocardiograms) and stress tests
  • Prepare patients for Holter or ambulatory monitoring
  • Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
  • Schedule appointments
  • Transcribe physicians’ interpretations

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, the percent of common tasks EKG Technicians are responsible for has increased in the past year.

  • Set up & administer EKGs – 91%
  • Set up & administer stress tests – 69%
  • Review EKG results to ensure completion and accuracy – 48%
  • Interpretation EKG Technician of results – 28%

According to USBLS and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA):

  • 87% of employers require or encourage certification for EKG Technicians.
  • 67% of institutions increase pay when an employee earns a professional certification.
  • 26% of employers said it’s difficult to find qualified EKG technicians
  • The average EKG technician runs 13 tests a day.

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