Electrocardiograms (ECGs), also called EKGs, record the electrical signals in your heart during rest, providing information about your heart rate and rhythm. This common test is used to monitor heart health and detect any problems.
ECGs are often done in a doctor's office, a clinic or a hospital room; and have become standard equipment in operating rooms and ambulances.
A health care professional who can read and interpret an ECG knows that it is an art and a science. First and foremost, you must have the technical knowledge to be able to determine if ECG waves and intervals are normal. With time, you develop the art of interpretation, understanding the differences in people and their rhythms.
AMT has a robust advanced certificate of study on ECG that will help create that foundational knowledge you need to begin or will help solidify and enhance your current knowledge. The REACH ECG Certificate Program has 7 training modules that cover:
- Heart Physiology and the Cardiac Cycle
- ECG equipment
- Performing a 12-lead ECG and Identifying Artifacts
- Evaluating the ECG
- Heart Abnormalities
- Medications, Electrolytes and Effects on the ECG
- Other Cardiac Diagnostic Tests
Within the ECG REACH Certificate, you will learn how the electrical conduction system of the heart works; what the significance of waves, rhythms, and artifacts is in a 12-lead ECG reading; how medications and electrolyte disturbances can cause changes to an ECG; what abnormalities look like in an ECG reading; and what other tests are used to monitor heart health.
The certificate course includes built-in knowledge checks and each module is followed by a quiz, which helps to reinforce your learning. In order to complete the ECG REACH Certificate, you must achieve a minimum score of 70% on the final assessment, a 100 multiple-choice question exam. If you do not pass the final assessment the first time, you can purchase one retake exam, for a fee.
Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be awarded 5 continuing education (CE) hours that can be used towards your certification requirement. You will also be eligible to claim your digital badge, which can be shared on social media or in a digital resume. Share your achievement and let employers know you have the skills and the knowledge!
The ECG REACH Certificate and digital badge expire 5 years from the date you complete the program.
AMT REACH Certificate programs are available online 24/7, allowing you to access the modules when it is convenient for you. To earn your ECG REACH Certificate today, visit the AMT Learning Center.
If you have questions about the ECG REACH Certificate or any of AMT’s educational offerings, contact us at AMT_Learning@americanmedtech.org.