Prerequisite: High school diploma or GED equivalent.

This 50-hour hybrid online program is offered by California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International (CCI). It will prepare you to become an EKG technician, which involves monitoring and recording electrical impulses transmitted by the heart. The course includes optional hands-on labs and practice with EKG equipment, and prepares you to take the ASPT-Electrocardiograph Technician exam and other National Certification exams.

This course includes important background information on the anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress testing. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine and other clinical practices.

After the successful completion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc. (ASPT) Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam at the school, or sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) EKG Technician Certification (CET) exam.

This course is delivered on campus, or as a hybrid course that combines online lectures and optional hands-on labs. Students enrolled in the hybrid course will have the opportunity to participate in optional online lectures with an instructor in real-time.

Please Note: 
This course will be offered online only in Summer.  Subject to health and safety regulations, this course will be offered in a hybrid format in Fall 2020 that combines online lectures and optional hands-on labs. Students who participate in the Summer 2020 program will be invited to return to participate in a hands-on lab environment, but are not required to do so in order to receive the certificate. The entire course can be completed online.

  • Individuals interested in becoming a certified EKG technician
  • Individuals interested in working in health care
  • Roles of the EKG technician
  • Functions of the EKG department in a variety of settings  (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service)
  • Medical terminology related to electrocardiography
  • Anatomy of the heart, conduction system, and circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Electrical conduction system of the heart and the cardiac cycle (electric system)
  • Preparing a patient for a 12-lead EKG
  • EKG strip analysis (P, Q, R, S, T wave form interpretation) and basic EKG interpretation
  • A review of normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardia, sinus tachycardia, etc.
  • The 12-lead EKG placement and interpretation and troubleshooting
  • Attend and successfully complete each course


High school diploma or GED equivalent.