Schools with Telemetry Programs: How to Choose

Dec 12, 2019

Telemetry is the use of any device that measures distance or transmits information; it is most commonly associated with programs in electrocardiography (EKG). Telemetry and EKG technicians monitor and assess the electronic activity of the heart. Students may enroll in training courses or certificate programs in telemetry, which can qualify them for entry-level technician positions.

Telemetry programs are most commonly available at community colleges and vocational schools. Students may take stand-alone courses, complete a certificate program or transfer to a degree program in a broader subject, like echocardiography or sonography.

Schools for EKG Technicians

Programs for EKG technicians are offered by these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Program Cost*
Amarillo College Amarillo, TX 2-year, Private Continuing Education Class $900
Grossmont College El Cajon, CA 2-year, Private Certificate $46 per unit for residents; $304 per unit, non-residents
Forsyth Tech Winston-Salem, NC 2-year, Private Courses $250
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City, LA 2-year, Private Certificate $4,139
College of the Mainland League City, TX 2-year, Private Certificate $2,973 Texas residents; $3,873 Out-of-state
Hostos Community College Bronx, NY 2-year, Private Certificate $2,400 (full-time) for residents; $320 per billable credit, non-residents
Essex County College Newark, NJ 2-year, Private Certificate $1,125
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Private Certificate $1,706

Source: *School Websites

School Selection Criteria

There are several points to consider when choosing a telemetry school.

  • Students might take classes as part of a non-credit course, or they may choose to work toward a certificate.
  • More advanced programs can lead to higher level positions and pay; aspiring nurses may incorporate telemetry courses as electives in their curriculum.
  • Schools should have on-site telemetry equipment for firsthand experience.
  • Some schools might offer shadowing opportunities or clinical placements in a healthcare facility.

Telemetry Technology Training Courses

Telemetry technology training courses take one semester or one year, depending on the length of clinical experiences and the variety of coursework.

Certificate in Telemetry

Certificate programs in telemetry take one year or less and may offer classes that will transfer to a related associate program. Completion generally requires clinical experiences.

Telemetry training can be pursued through short-term courses or programs, or as part of studies towards a certificate. Since most programs take less than a year to complete, the factors that may affect choice of school may be location and tuition costs.

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