Electrocardiograph Technician

Short-Term Certificate


Under the supervision of physicians and/or nurses, electrocardiograph technicians operate equipment that records and measures heart activity (EKG/ECG diagnostic examinations) and report results to the treatment team. These measurements are used to assist cardiologists and other physicians in diagnosing and treating problems with a patient’s heart and blood vessels.

Students study and learn about human biology, medical terminology, selected cardiovascular medications and effects, basic patient care, and professional standards. 


Talent Ready Grant

The Talent Ready Grant is offered through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to support students who have financial need, are enrolled in a short-term certificate that may be completed in less than one year (less than 30 credit hours), and leads to a certification or a workforce credential in an in-demand job or career. The grant is intended to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees (up to $2000) and is a limited fund that will be awarded until funds are exhausted. 


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the electrocardiograph technician program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of human body structure, function and pathology.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of cardiac electrophysiology.
  3. Demonstrate completion of appropriate diagnostic studies including but not limited to EKG, ECG, telemetry.
  4. Correctly identify basic rhythms, lethal rhythms and artifacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the electrocardiograph technician certificate program?

Students can complete the certificate in just two semesters. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students pursuing a healthcare certificate should expect to take classes face-to-face to experience hands-on learning. Some general education classes may be offered online. 

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students who complete a healthcare certificate are encouraged to continue their education because they are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Health Services Technology.  

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year!

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.