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Why EKG Training?
It turns out healthcare training is the recession proof job. Let’s face it health care is here to stay. Many choices of employment opportunities for  EKG techs includes but not limited to; Hospitals, clinics, medical offices, Home Health, and mobile services.

Program Objectives
To prepare graduates for entry-level EKG technician positions.
To provide graduates the skills and knowledge necessary to sit for national certification exams.
To equip graduates with expertise in the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement, and other clinical practices.
To give graduates familiarity with a range of areas that include the anatomy of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal issues surrounding patient contact, electrocardiography, and echocardiography.

Enrollment Requirements
A high school diploma, GED or passing scores on Ability to Benefit exam offered at CCTC AND a current CPR Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) or Heartsaver from the American Heart Association. (CCTC will not recognize online certification) Proof of Hepatitis B immunization series or signed declination, Proof of negative TB skin test, completed background check.
 
YOU MUST BRING OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS!

Do I need a High school diploma or GED to attend the program?
No! If you have not obtained your high school diploma or GED and you are 16 years of age or older, you may take an Ability to Benefit Test for admittance to the program.
Those students who have received a high school diploma or GED Must provide CCTC with an official transcript required to take the EKG Technician Training Program. 

Is a Certification required to work in the state of Tennessee?
Certification is not required to work as a EKG tech in the state of Tennessee. Upon completion of this course, and additional NHA requirements, graduates are eligible to take the EKG Technician exam, which is a computerized test offered through the National Healthcareer Association. The cost of the CET exam offered by NHA is $115 and is considered optional, but highly encouraged.

Where will I go for my clinical?
Clinicals will be performed at local area hospitals. Students are required to complete 24 hours clinical externship. The externship is usually scheduled during the day with start times beginning anywhere from 4.30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. However, some students might be scheduled to complete externship during overnight shifts with start times beginning anywhere from 6.30p.m to 7a.m. Both the classroom instruction and the clinical experience will provide an opportunity for the students to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain a passing score on the certification examination for employment.

Employment opportunities include:
EKG Technician
 
How do I look up authorization of your schools EKG Technician program on Tennessee Higher Education commission website?
You can do so by visiting THEC website at http://state.tn.us/thec/, look for the Institution link, then click on Authorized Postsecondary Institution or simply by visiting http://state.tn.us/thec/Divisions/LRA/PostsecondaryAuth/segpr.html
 
How do i find out about job placement and graduation data for your school?
Job placement and graduation data can be found at Tennessee Higher Education Commission's website, or simply by visiting http://tn.gov/thec