This major is a program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and nurses, to administer EKG and ECG diagnostic examinations and report results to the treatment team.
Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, the cardiovascular system, medical terminology, cardiovascular medications and effects, patient care, EKG and ECG administration, equipment operation and maintenance, interpretation of cardiac rhythm, patient record management, and professional standards and ethics.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Electrocardiograph Technologist/Technician Major (use the College Search feature and enter "electrocardiograph" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Electrocardiograph Technologist/Technician Major?
As an Electrocardiograph Technician or Technologist, it is your job to conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
Job opportunities for electrocardiograph technicians and technologists are extremely likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see five-seven percent (5-7%) growth 2019-2029.
A certificate is typically the minimum educational requirement to enter this career area. Some states require electrocardiograph technicians and technologists to graduate from an accredited program and pass an exam. Some states require an occupational license. An associate degree is preferred.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Electrocardiograph Technologist/Technician Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Society of Echocardiography
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training Center
- Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals
- American Association for Respiratory Care
Publications/Magazines in Electrocardiograph Technologist/Technician Major