EKG Technician Training Program

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) technicians operate specialized medical equipment to obtain diagnostic cardiac information for physicians. In just a few months, you could be a member of the medical profession conducting EKG diagnostic tests needed by physicians and physician extenders  to save lives.

Most EKG technicians work full time in hospitals. Other opportunities are found in doctors' offices, medical laboratories and outpatient clinics. The work requires stamina due to frequent standing and positioning patients with disabilities for an EKG. Shifts can include working days, evenings and weekends because hospitals continually need diagnostic testing.

In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that job openings for cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technicians, will increase 10 percent from 2016 to 2026 – faster than the average rate of other occupations. Job openings for cardiovascular technicians, in general, are expected to grow as the large baby boomer population ages, thus upping the demand for diagnostic cardiac testing to assess various heart conditions.

At GTCC, you can complete the EKG training program in just under two months, inclusive of 96 clock hours. Your studies will cover cardiac anatomy and physiology, heart disease, pacemakers, medical terminology and ethics. You would gain practical training in the operation and maintenance of EKG equipment. Additionally, you would practice using 12-lead electrodes and interpreting EKG strips that provide data on heart performance. You may also learn about Holter monitors and cardiac stress testing. Graduates of approved training programs are eligible to sit for national certification examination. Most employers prefer or require this certification. Beginning pay is $14 to $16 per hour.

If you have questions or you would like to receive information by email, please complete the contact form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment for the course will be capped at 20 students to create an intimate learning environment. Students must have their high school diploma or equivalent (GED) as well as a Social Security card. Experience in the health care field is recommended but not required.


Course Code:  ICV-3111-K06 (Theory is mostly Online)
First Class Date
:  6/8/2023 (mandatory in person orientation in H4 129 from 1p-5p)
Last Class Date:  8/3/2023
Meeting Days:  Mon-Friday (Mon-Thur during Face-to-Face Lab & Clinicals)
Class Hours:  1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Campus:  High Point Campus (901 South Main Street, High Point, NC  27260)
Building:  H4 – Entertainment Tech. Bldg.
Room:  129
Class will not be held on these dates:  6/19, 6/23, 7/3, 7/4

Online on these dates:  6/12, 6/13, 6/14, 6/16, 6/20, 6/21, 6/22, 6/27, 6/28, 6/29, 6/30, 7/6, 7/7, 7/10, 7/11, 7/18, 7/19 - you may do the online work at a time other than 1p-5p each date

In Person on Campus on these dates:  6/8, 6/15, 6/26, 7/5, 7/12, 7/13, 7/17, 7/20, 7/24, 7/25, 7/26, 7/27, 7/28, 7/31, 8/1, 8/2, 8/3

You MUST have a desktop computer or a laptop computer to complete course work.  The required course work may NOT be completed using a phone.  You will receive instructions for setting up your gtcc.edu email and how to access the Canvas course room from your instructor about a week out from the start of class.  You are encouraged to look for this email and if you do not find it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk or spam folder.    This partially online course is often seen as an easier route by students but the course work is equivalent to taking a full-time curriculum course load and students will be required to submit daily assignments.

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To register in person at one of our campuses, the hours and locations for registration are as follows:

Jamestown Campus:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Bldg.

Greensboro Campus:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 4.00 pm / CLOSED ON FRIDAY in the Continuing Education Center (CEC) Bldg.

High Point Campus:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 4.00 pm / CLOSED ON FRIDAY in the (H1) Bldg.

The registration fee for this course is $188.00. Financial Aid is not available for the class as it is a non-credit certificate course. 

The required textbook will cost $105.90 with tax and must be purchased from the Greensboro Campus Bookstore prior to class.

Students will be REQUIRED to purchase a student ID badge for $5.  Students will need to bring in cash, check or card to the cashiers office on each campus.  NOTE:  The evening class students MUST come to a campus (Greensboro or Jamestown) during the day as the Cashiers all close at 5p. 

  • The attendance policy is very strict. You may be dismissed from the program if you are absent more than once or tardy greater than  three times during the Theory and Clinical portions of the class. You will be dismissed if you are more than five minutes late or absent during clinical.
  • You will be given one multiple-choice question final exam. You must score an 80% on the final in order to receive your certificate.
  • You must be able to accept constructive criticism, control your temper and follow directions carefully.
  • Disrespectful, interruptive, disruptive, impatient behavior toward the instructors, fellow students, staff or clinical staff will not be tolerated at any time.
  • You may be dismissed if the instructor suspects you are a safety risk in clinical.
  • You may be dismissed if you are caught cheating, suspected of alcohol or drug use on campus or before class.
  • If you are dismissed from a class for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund.

  1. Disability Services – The NA 1 Departmental Staff want all students to be successful.  If you have any special needs, please contact the Disability Access Services department prior to starting your class so that arrangements can be made for the first day.  Please call 334-4822 Ext. 50113. 

  2. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or (ESL) – If you feel you need assistance with comprehension of the English Language, you may call 334-4822 Ext. 53107.  This is highly encouraged prior to enrolling in an NA 1 course.

  3. Learning Resource Centers – As a student in the NA 1 training program, you have access to the Learning Resource Centers on all three campus locations. 

  4. Veterans’ Center – If you think you are eligible for VA/Military Education Benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL1 or 888-442-4551.  Eligibility is ultimately determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not GTCC.  For additional information, you can contact Flora Taylor at 334-4822 Ext. 50521. 

Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these to your Instructor or any member of the NA Training Program Administration. Thank you for your service to our country.

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