EKG Technician Schools in California - CA
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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EKG Technician Training in California
EKG training programs are offered at medical centers, technical schools, community colleges, and private universities in California. Lasting an average of 10 weeks, or 50 credit hours, the only prerequisite to entering California EKG technician training programs is completion of a course in basic human anatomy.
In an EKG Tech training program, you will learn the function and proper use of electrocardiographic equipment, including the proper procedure for placement of leads on a patient’s chest. Expect classes that deal specifically with the anatomy of the heart, disease process, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal issues having to do with patient contact and the use of electrocardiography. EKG Tech training in California requires in-person, hands-on practical experience in a medical center or school laboratory setting.
If you become a member of the ASPT (American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians) and receive their certification, you must complete a minimum of 6 continuing education credit hours each year to remain certified and active in their organization.
If you choose to earn the CCT (Certified Cardiograph Technician) credential through CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International), you must complete16 continuing education credit hours over a three-year period to maintain certification.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring EKG Technicians in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco, California may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Laguna Honda Hospital, Community Regional Medical Center, L.A. County & USC Medical Center, and Huntington Hospital.