Certified EKG Technician

Certified EKG Technician (CET)

As a Certified EKG Technician (CET), you’ll perform meaningful work in helping diagnose cardiovascular conditions.

EKG rhythms provide important data for the diagnosis of heart conditions. As a Certified EKG Technician (CET), you’ll have the credentials nearly all healthcare employers require to perform the critical tasks of administering EKGs, as well as Holter monitoring and stress testing. These tests can be performed during physical exams, when cardiovascular problems are suspected, or in preparation for surgery.

By administering EKGs — testing the electrical activity of the heart through small electrode patches attached to the body — you’ll be making a life-changing difference by helping people of all ages prevent and treat heart disease.

As an EKG Technician you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Set up and administer EKGs (electrocardiograms) and stress tests
  • Prepare patients for Holter or ambulatory monitoring
  • Edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis
  • Schedule appointments
  • Transcribe physicians’ interpretations

The need for qualified EKG technicians continues to rise as the aging population in America grows (and with it, the prevalence of heart-related conditions). Earning your CET will help you launch a successful and meaningful career that can help make a difference in countless lives. Whether you seek full-time or part-time employment, the opportunities in this profession are flexible and in high demand. Plus, the added skills of Holter monitoring and stress tests required for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) will help you to be even more competitive as you launch your healthcare career.

Some EKG certification programs only test EKGs. Your CET also gives you credentials to perform Holter monitoring and stress testing, opening up more options for your future and giving you a competitive advantage in the job market.

Updated Certified EKG Technician exam coming fall of 2018

At NHA, we are dedicated to providing access to personal and professional improvement- directly impacting better patient care. With the help of numerous subject matter experts, we have conducted a nationwide Job Task Analysis (JTA) to ensure we are accurately testing the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the EKG technician profession.

As a result of this extensive analysis, an updated exam will be releasing in the fall of 2018.

Updated study materials coming summer 2018

New study materials will be made available on the NHA website several months prior to the launch of the updated exam.

Please check this page regularly for updates and additional information.

Test plan and crosswalk for updated CET exam

An updated test plan for the CET exam is now available here.

You can also find the exam crosswalk here, bridging the 2011 test plan and new test plan.

Updated exam scoring expectations

Please note that this updated exam will not require pilot scoring and therefore no delay in test results. Scores will be provided in the usual timeframe.

Do you have more questions?

For more information regarding pilot scoring, visit the "About Development of NHA Exams" section of the Candidate Handbook on nhanow.com.

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