EKG Technician Training
The first step to your career as a Certified EKG Technician (CET) is to complete a training school. Boulder, Colorado is home to many state endorsed EKG training programs that will prepare students for an EKG Technician career. An EKG training program is generally between 40-80 in class hours and 20-40 clinical hours. In Boulder, the typical class will have 10-30 students.
Questions For Programs in Boulder
Be hardworking when searching for a EKG training course. There are thousands of programs across the country but not each of them provide necessary training required to enter the workforce. There are many training programs that simply do not have any resources for students to complete hands-on-training. This when students get their hands on experience substitute EKGs on a conscious person. Without this, you will not meet the requirements to get certified after completing the training.
Ask the past questions:
- Is the EKG training program official by the state?
- How many hours is the EKG training program?
- Where are the clinical hours of the program completed?
- Does the EKG training program count the official approval exam?
- What agency do students take the test with?
If you are planning to attend a EKG training program and would behind an NPS supporter to double check that the program is legit, contact us today.
The general requirements to attend a EKG training class include the following:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Over The Age Of 18
- Clean Background Check (No Felonies)
- Negative Hepatitis Test
- Negative TB Test
- Immunization Records
Upon your completion of an EKG training school, you will get a Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate of Completion does not make you ‘Certified’. This is a totally common misunderstanding. A Certificate of Completion is used as proof of successful completion of an EKG training class and is required to attempt the national certification exam for individuals possessing no experience in the field.
Getting Certified In EKG In Boulder, Colorado
To become certified, an EKG Technician must have their competency put to the test by a third party certification agency, like NPS. Once certified, an EKG Tech will need to renew their certification every two years by completing Continuing Education. This can be achieved through on the job workshops or online education units.
There are many certification agencies that EKG Techs can choose to become certified with. The cost to become NPS Certified is $200.00 and includes your full study guide, unlimited practice exams, one final certification exam attempts and a professional resume revision. The entire process can be completed online in the NPS learning management system.
The prerequisites to take the certification exam with most agencies include the following:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Completion of an EKG Training Program OR 1 Year of On-The-Job Experience in the Past 3 Years
- 10 Successful EKGs
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Preparing to take the Certification Exam
Once you have registered to take the certification exam, you should prepare by reviewing examination materials provided to you by the credentialing agency. Every agency has examination materials based on their competency exams. Be certain to study each day for at least one hour until you are very confident in your knowledge. Taking practice exams can greatly grow your chances of passing the certification exam. NPS provides full study materials, unlimited practice exams and one chance to attempt the final certification exam.
After you have passed the final exam, your credentials are quickly inputted in the national registry and a digital copy of your credentials is available in your account. Your digital copy, paired with your NPS transcripts, should be downloaded and printed for use as proof of certification.
Starting Your Medical Career in EKG
Now that you’re a Certified EKG Technician (CET), you’re ready to start your medical career in Boulder, Colorado. EKG is a great field to enter the medical workplace and is a starting place for many nurses, nurse aide, medical assistants and medical laboratory technicians. EKG Techs can expect to work for a typical 40 hour long week and earn an average annual salary of $59,000. This salary is the national average and does vary from county to state.
EKG job duties include:
- Evaluating a patient and explaining procedures
- Verify patients identity
- Performing EKG
- Point of care testing
- Preparing test results for the doctor
- Maintaining your area and equipment
NPS works with multiple staffing agencies to help our members find a career in the EKG field. Click here for more information on job placement assistance by NPS.
Renewing Your Certification
Certified EKG Technicians will have to renew their CET Certification after two years. An EKG Tech should begin the process at least 30 days prior to the week their certification expires. This will allow the technician enough time to review their continuing education hours and take their renewal assessment. You will not have to go register to a training program or attend a class to renew your certification.
The renewal process can be completed entirely online in the NPS learning management system. The cost to renew your credentials for the new two year period is $150.00. Renewing ensures your employer that you are dedicated to updating your knowledge in the field of EKG.
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Certified EKG Instructor In Boulder, Colorado
A Certified EKG Instructor (CEI) is a highly talented EKG Technician with over 5 years of experience in the field. EKG Instructors can work for or own their own school. They’re needed for ensuring that students in their class are retaining the instruction provided by their curriculum. Every class in Boulder, Colorado should tell their students details about the instructors background and credentials.If an EKG Technician meets the requirements and wishes to become a Certified EKG Instructor (CEI) they can undergo the entire process online. If you would like to talk with someone about the process, contact us today.
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