Certified Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in fast-paced health care environments? Do you have the ability to communicate in a straightforward, understandable and timely manner? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Certified Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician program.

On the job, you will ...

  • Operate special equipment to create images and conduct tests involving the heart and lungs
  • Report abnormal EKG results to health care providers (i.e., elevated ST segment, prolonged P-R interval)
  • Prepare patients by explaining the procedure to them and answering their questions
  • Prepare exam rooms and maintain diagnostic imaging equipment

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Certified Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Job Corps graduates go on to work for hospitals, cardiac centers, urgent care centers or emergency rooms.

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Certified Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

  • American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.