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How to Become a Telemetry Monitoring Technician

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Telemetry Monitoring Technicians

Telemetry monitoring technicians are allied health professionals who monitor heart rhythms using electrocardiographic (ECG) equipment. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including telemetry monitoring technicians, need physical strength and stamina for this job because they may be standing for much of their work. Those who work in hospitals and related care facilities may need to physically move patients who are unable to move themselves to be positioned properly for monitoring. Telemetry monitoring technicians can work daytime, evening, night, and weekend shifts.

Career Requirements

Education Required Postsecondary education and training
Certification Available through Cardiovascular Credentialing International; not required by federal law, but may be preferred by some employers
Key Skills Attention to detail, good interpersonal skills, physical strength and stamina, able to operate ECG machines and other medical equipment
Salary (2015) $54,880 (median annual salary for all cardiovascular technologists and technicians, which include telemetry monitoring technicians)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Earn a High School Diploma

What steps do I need to take to be a telemetry monitoring technician?

Step one is to earn a high school diploma. Colleges generally require that candidates earn a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate prior to enrollment. Aspiring telemetry monitoring technicians may benefit from taking advanced high school science, math, and computer courses.

Step 2: Complete a Training Program

Step two is to complete a telemetry monitoring training program. Many 2-year colleges offer certificate programs in telemetry monitoring. These programs range from two months to one year in length and are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions. Hospitals and other healthcare settings may offer on-the-job telemetry monitoring training to employees interested in advancing their careers. Classroom and hands-on clinical training include basic electrocardiography techniques, lead interpretation, and advanced cardiac monitoring.

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Step 3: Become Certified

Step three is to become certified. While certification may not be a state or federal requirement, employers may give hiring preference to certified candidates with six months or more of work experience. Certification is available for telemetry monitoring technicians through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). CCI requires candidates to be currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, allied health or cardiovascular training programs. Candidates who are currently working in cardiovascular technology positions may submit employment verification letters in lieu of educational transcripts. The basic Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) certification must be renewed every three years and requires completion of continuing education units, compliance with the CCI Code of Ethics, and payment of dues.

Step 4: Advanced Training and Certification

Step four is to pursue advanced training and certification. Apart from the CCT credential, CCI offers four other certifications for specific cardiovascular specialties. These include invasive cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, cardiac sonography, and vascular ultrasound certification. Telemetry monitoring technicians may be certified in multiple specialties based on their ongoing training and work experience.

Telemetry monitoring technicians are allied health professionals who monitor heart rhythms using ECG equipment. They have postsecondary education and training. They must be strong, pay close attention to details, and be able to operate relevant medical equipment. And they earn a median annual salary of $54,880.

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