It is no secret that careers in health care remain some of the top paying, most in-demand jobs in the country. Yet comparatively few people realize that the most in-demand jobs are those that require less than a college degree and medical school. In fact, this category of jobs, known as allied health care professions, can begin after just a few months of training. Whether you are just starting out or are looking to enhance your healthcare career, an EKG Certification is one of the best ways to enter the field in a short period of time.
While there are no formal education requirements to receive an EKG certification, you must pass a test from one of the generally recognized credentialing bodies. To do this, training programs are available online and in-person to help you learn how to administer an EKG, about the laws and regulations regarding privacy and compliance, and the different environments where an EKG can be performed. Once you have gained this knowledge, you will be required to pass a test to achieve one of two certifications.
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)
To achieve the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) certification, you must pass a 130 question test administered at one of Cardiovascular Credentialing International testing sites. Once you have passed the test, you must take 16 hours of continuing education credits and retake the test every three years to keep your CCT certification. Education requirements for the CCT certification vary based on the environment where you intend to perform EKG tests. However, you must have at least a high school diploma to apply for any training programs associated with this test.
Certified EKG Technician (CET)
The Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification can be issued by one of three bodies – the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals, the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians or the National Health Career Association. While the first two organizations require a six-month training program learning how to perform an EKG, the National Health Career Association requires only 10 hours of training or work experience performing EKG’s on live patients before sitting for the 110 question exam.
Choosing an EKG Training Course
When choosing which EKG training course to take, it is important to ask a few questions before signing up. First, ask which certification exam is the target of the coursework and what the student pass rate is. Next, find out if this certification is enough to help you find a job performing EKG’s in hospitals, clinics, medical centers or doctor’s offices. You may need to have additional training depending on the setting where you hope to work. Finally, ask if the EKG training program offers a rebate if you do not pass the exam. Many courses, to encourage people to select their program, will offer to pay for you to retake the exam or offer a partial refund of tuition if you do not pass.
EKG certification is the first step to a rewarding healthcare career in less time than you may think.