EKG Certification Birmingham, Alabama
EKG Technicians play a key role in the medical field.
EKG Technicians play a key role in the medical field. Their main responsibility is to attach patients to a monitor that provides readings of the heart. Here we will outline the entire process of becoming a Certified EKG Technician (CET).
EKG Technician Training
The first step to your career as a Certified EKG Technician (CET) is to enroll in a training class. Birmingham, Alabama is home to many state approved EKG training programs that will prepare students for an EKG Technician career. An EKG training program is generally about 40-80 in class hours and 20-40 clinical hours. In Birmingham, the typical class will have 10-30 students.
Questions For Programs in Birmingham
Ask the following questions:
- Is the EKG training program approved by the state?
- How many hours is the EKG training program?
- Where are the clinical hours of the program completed?
- Does the EKG training program include the certification exam?
- What agency do students take the exam with?
If you are planning to attend a EKG training program and would like an ASET adviser to double check that the program is legit, contact us today.
The general requirements to attend a EKG training course include the following:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Over The Age Of 18
- Clean Background Check (No Felonies)
- Negative Hepatitis Test
- Negative TB Test
- Immunization Records
Upon your completion of an EKG training class, you will have a Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate of Completion does not make you ‘Certified’. This is a unquestionably common misunderstanding. A Certificate of Completion is used as proof of successful completion of an EKG training course and is required to register for the national certification test for individuals who have no experience in the field.
Getting Certified In EKG In Birmingham, Alabama
There are many certification agencies that EKG Techs can choose to become certified with. The cost to become ASET Certified is $150.00 and includes your full study guide, unlimited practice exams, three final certification exam attempts and a professional resume revision. The entire process can be completed online in the ASET learning management system.
The prerequisites to take the certification exam with most agencies include the following:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Completion of an EKG Training Program OR 1 Year of On-The-Job Experience in the Past 3 Years
- 10 Successful EKGs
Preparing to take the Certification Exam
Once you have registered to take the competency exam, you should prepare by reviewing related materials provided to you by the certification agency. Every agency has breakdown materials based upon their credentialing exams. Be certain to study every day for at least one hour until you feel confident in your knowledge. Taking practice exams can greatly increase your chances of passing the official exam. ASET provides full breakdown materials, unlimited practice exams and three chances to take the final certification exam.
After you have passed the final exam, your credentials are hurriedly inputted in the national registry and a digital copy of your credentials is provided in your account. Your digital copy, and your ASET transcripts, should be downloaded and printed for use as proof of certification.
Starting Your Medical Career in EKG
EKG job duties include:
- Evaluating a patient and explaining procedures
- Verify patients identity
- Performing EKG
- Point of care testing
- Preparing test results for the doctor
- Maintaining your area and equipment
ASET works with multiple staffing agencies to help our members find a career in the EKG field. Click here for more information on job placement assistance by ASET.
Renewing Your Certification
Certified EKG Technicians will need to renew their CET Certification after two years. An EKG Tech should begin the process at least 30 days prior to the week their certification expires. This will permit the technician satisfactory time to review their continuing education hours and attempt their renewal assessment. You will not need to go back to an EKG course or attend a class to renew your certification.
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