Program Details


Cal State LA's EKG Technician Program equips students to function as competent EKG technicians and prepares them to take national certifying exams, such as the ASPT – EKG technician exam (given by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians). The course combines theory and practice, covering important background on the anatomy and physiology of the heart and chest, on heart disease and disease processes, on medical terminology, and on the legal and ethical aspects of patient contact. A strength of the program, however, is the practical and hands-on experience the students will receive in the use and placement of the EKG machine and other equipment, and in reading and analyzing EKG printouts to determine ‘cardiac intervals and complexes’ and normal vs. abnormal readings. A graded final exam helps students gauge their progress toward future success on the ASPT-EKG Technician exam.
Who Can Enroll?

Students should have a high school diploma or the GED equivalent to enroll in the program.

Course Descriptions

In detail, the course will cover these areas:
  • Role of the EKG technician
  • Function of the EKG Department in a variety of settings
  • Introduction to medical terminology
  • Medical terms related to electrocardiography
  • Care and safety of patients
  • Anatomy of the heart, the conduct ion system, circulation of the heart and blood vessels
  • Electrical conduction system of the heart
  • The cardiac cycle
  • EKG strip analysis (wave form interpretation)
  • Normal sinus rhythm, sinus bradycardis, and sinus tachycardia
  • Basic EKG interpretation
  • Recognizing artifacts, troubleshooting, tracing problems
  • Preparing a patient for EKG
  • 12 lead EKGs (interpretation and troubleshooting)
  • 12 lead placement
  • Other roles for the EKG Technician


The instructor is very experienced and is familiar with the requirements of the ASPT-EKG technician exam.