Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician

Health Sciences

If you are wanting to start or build on your current credentials in the healthcare industry, the ECG/EKG Technician may be right for you. This field serves a fast growing industry and can provide a rewarding career for those new to healthcare or aid those needing to acquire additional skills to expand their scope and breadth of knowledge.

ECG/EKG Technicians conduct a range of cardiovascular tests on patients for diagnostic purposes such as 12-Lead ECG testing, continuous cardiac monitoring, setting up ambulatory monitoring or telemetry and cardiac stress tests. Technicians also gather patient history, measure vital signs, and provide data and reports to physicians.

You will acquire an American Heart Association BLS and an ACLS certification while in the program and be fully prepared to take the National Certified ECG Technician (CET) examination.


  1. Health & Safety Documents
  2. Current and valid government issued photo identification
  3. 18 years of age to enroll
  4. High school diploma or GED
  5. Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card (DPS)
  6. Proof of immunizations
  7. Healthcare signature form completed by physician
  8. MCCCD Supplemental Background Check
  9. MCCCD Random Drug Screen showing negative results

Reading Course Placement: Students must have multiple measures assessment results or reading course placement test results that qualify students for entry into the following courses OR have completed the following courses with a C or better:

  1. Accuplacer Next Generation Reading score of 249 or higher
  2. Completion of RDG100 or CRE101 with a grade of C or better

Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance

If you are interested in this Healthcare program, you will be required to attend a Virtual Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Enrollment Session: Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

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Electrocardiogram Technician

Certificate 1119N | 300 hr / 4 mo | $1,952*

You will prepare to perform the daily duties and responsibilities related to cardiac monitoring and measuring portal cardiac aids, devices and equipment known as telemetry. You will gain skills in keyboarding, electronic patient records, record keeping, patient assessment, basic knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, the cardiac conduction system, 12-lead ECG acquisition and rhythm interpretation, as well as holter monitoring, telemetry monitoring, conducting stress testing and artificial pacemaker evaluation.

*Months based on 20 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. This program is not financial aid eligible. The ECG Technician program tuition and fees includes CPR and ACLS certification through the American Heart Association (AHA), and the Certified ECG Technician (CET) exam by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

Start Dates

Clock Hour Program

Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Location

18th Street