Students in telemetry programs become prepared to work as EKG or ECG technicians. Classes are offered through many EKG or ECG certificate and associate's degree programs. Programs are about a year to two years in length, and provide instruction in recognizing heart problems and understanding medical terminology. In addition to coursework, hands-on training is gained through a practicum requirement.
Here are some major concepts you'll learn about in a telemetry course:
- Biology basics
- The cardiac cycle
- EKG procedures
- Patient care
- Cardiovascular technology
List of Common Courses
Medical Terminology Course
Everyone performing a role in a health care field must first have an understanding of medical terminology in order to adequately communicate with patients and other medical professionals. Students learn pronunciations, spellings and definitions of medical language that is commonly found when working with electrocardiogram machines (EKG or ECG). Prefixes and roots help students to identify medical words they may not become familiar with throughout their careers.
Students learn how to work with patients during EKG procedures and learn how to make a patient's experience a comfortable one. They study the heart's conduction system, arrhythmias, myocardial infarctions and heart rates and also train to perform a 12-lead electrocardiogram. Lessons often employ the use of texts and case studies. This is an introductory course that may require completion before students can take certain advanced courses.
EKG Analysis Course
Students look at case study EKGs from hospitals and analyze them. They learn how to identify cardiac dysrhythmias and other abnormalities. They may use texts and laboratory experience to build their telemetry skills.
Cardiovascular Technology Course
Students gain firsthand experience with electrocardiographic equipment while working in an on-campus lab using EKG machines and interpreting readouts. Course requirements also involve off-campus work in an approved clinical setting.
The objective of this practicum is to put what was learned in the classroom into practice in a laboratory setting. The curriculum changes depending on the program and student; however, it commonly includes practice with an electrocardiograph machine. Students may also work with patients to check vitals and prepare them for EKG procedures; they must emphasize patient care skills. This course stresses the use and maintenance of the EKG machines and other telemetry equipment.