Get the Skills to Become a Certified EKG Technician (CET)!
60-Hour EKG Technician Career Training in the Bay Area
Please note: We are currently running a modified EKG Technician Course during COVID-19. Instruction for the course is currently both online and on campus. If you’d like to learn more about how we’re teaching before enrolling online, please call the school at 415-217-0077 (for San Francisco campus) or at 408-896-9440 (for San Jose campus). You may also schedule a phone appointment to speak with staff here. Please also see how we are managing on campus instruction during COVID-19 here.
Please note: We close registration on Thursday at Noon prior to the class start date for both weekend and weekday courses. You must be fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot to enroll into this course.
An essential part of anyone’s journey to health starts with a diagnosis. For care providers to effectively treat their patients, they need skilled and accurate technicians to deliver results from diagnostic equipment.
EKG Technicians are responsible for performing electrocardiogram tests in order to monitor and record electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. They assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac and blood vessel irregularities. To take a basic EKG, which traces electrical impulses transmitted by the heart, technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms, legs, and then manipulate switches on an EKG machine to obtain a reading.
EKG Technicians with advanced training, like ours, perform Holter monitor and stress testing. For Holter monitoring, technicians place electrodes on the patient’s chest and attach a portable EKG monitor to the patient’s belt which records the heart’s activity for 24-48 hours. For a treadmill stress test, EKG Technicians connect the patient to an EKG monitor which allows them to monitor the heart’s performance while the patient is walking on a treadmill, gradually increasing the treadmill’s speed to observe the effect of increased exertion.
ECG Technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities and organizations. ECG Technicians also work for insurance companies to establish health and life insurance policies.
Our comprehensive sixty (60) hour ECG/EKG Technician Course provides students with the critical skills required to function as EKG Technicians, and prepares them to take the national electrocardiograph technician certification exam. The program consists of both didactic and clinical instruction.
Topics include anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, ethics, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and overview of echocardiography. Hands-on training labs introduce the student to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, 12-lead placement and interpretation, Holter Monitoring, stress testing and other clinical practices. After completion of the course students will be able to quickly and easily recognize significant cardiac events.
Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the:
- Certified EKG Technician, CET
An optional clinical externship is also available.
Please note: We close registration on Thursday at Noon prior to the class start date for both weekend and weekday courses.
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Our ECG/EKG Technician Course is taught by Dr. Rufino Francia, Manager, Non-Invasive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation, at the California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Rufino Francia has over 20-years’ experience in the field of electrocardiography, and his teaching imparts a wide and varied clinical background on various arrhythmias, heart blocks, ischemias, infarctions, and other EKG abnormalities. Dr. Rufino Francia also provides an on-site clinical learning environment using equipment from one of the best hospitals in California.
Estimated total charges for the entire program: $1725.00.
Payment plans (0% interest) are available for all students.
Required Textbook (included)
Understanding EKGs: A Practical Approach (4th Edition)
Where Do BAMA Institute Graduates Work?
EKG Technicians can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:
- physician offices
- insurance companies
- and many other health care facilities and organizations
A great testament to our success and quality of teaching is the large number of students who get hired at leading Bay Area medical facilities. BAMA Institute graduates have gone on to work at: