Students aspiring to positions as telemetry or EKG technicians may complete certificate programs or an associate's degree program in cardiovascular technology. These programs provide the foundation for telemetry technician careers, as well as the skills needed to work as a cardiovascular technologist. Both of these programs can prepare students for professional certification. They require a high school diploma or GED for enrollment, take up to two years to complete and may end in with a voluntary certification exam.
Certificate in Telemetry Technology
Many community colleges offer certificates in telemetry. These courses train students in electrocardiograph theory, cardiac monitoring and the use of EKG equipment. Students are trained for entry-level positions as telemetry technicians.
Students develop an understanding of basic concepts of electrocardiography and learn electrocardiography techniques. Specific coursework might include:
- Healthcare systems
- Workplace safety
- Medical terminology
- Basic EKG
Associate's Degree in Cardiovascular Technology
Associate's degree programs in cardiovascular technology are two-year degree programs training individuals to perform diagnostic tests used for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular injury and disease. Students are prepared for careers as cardiovascular technologist.
Students learn the theories behind the diagnostic procedures as well as skills and techniques for performing the tests. Topics of study include:
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Patient assessment
- Invasive and non-invasive cardiology
- Cardiology clinical
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians (a category which includes telemetry or EKG technicians) is expected to increase 22% between 2014-2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS). The BLS also reported that the median annual salary for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $54,880 in May 2015.
Certification and Continuing Education
Those who complete a certificate program in telemetry technology may apply for the voluntary Certified Cardiographic Technician designation awarded by Cardiovascular Credentialing International ( www.cci-online.org). Applicants must pass a certification exam. Telemetry technicians might consider earning a degree in cardiovascular technology to improve job prospects. Continuing education may be required to maintain certification.
Students wishing to learn how to use medical imaging technology to create images used to assess heart conditions, aid in surgical procedures and work as a telemetry or cardiovascular technician will want to look into a Certificate in Telemetry Technology or an Associate's Degree in Cardiovascular Technology.