What are the best monitor technician qualifications and training to get ahead?

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Vicki Perkins in Marble Falls, Texas

37 months ago

Hey Kate.... I think the answer to that is No! Might be wrong but i have been searching myself and find thet they want some type of experance behind the belt. It is enough to drive you crazy because how are you suppose to get it if they don't hire you! =) You might have to relocate or take extra measures to do this. And... that can be hard but you have to decide.

I finally found a school in Texas. It is in Houston through HCC. I believe the total program is about $1000.00 with books. It is divided into two programs, each a semester long. One leads you into learning about EKG and hooking pts up while the other just teaches you how to read the strips. They also offer internships so you can get the experance you need. Not a lot but i believe enough to get you into a job. I heard that Monitor Techs start off around $12/$14.00 per hour. Great pay for what you do and will only help if you decide to look into other fields of study.

Wish you the best of luck......

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Vicki Perkins in Marble Falls, Texas

37 months ago

Just a note. I live close to Austin and have found that the only schools there are one day classes at the hospitals. I can't see paying $100.00 bucks for a class that is not going to provide enough time to really learn what you need to know. Takes time to uderstand what your reading.

San Antoino Jr college also offers a 6 week program through the nursing con't ed program. It is only one night during the week and i belive it is 3 months long. There is not internship.

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Kate in Lake Elsinore, California

37 months ago

LOVELY MATTHEWS in Jupiter, Florida said: I WANT TO BE COME A MONTIOR TECH SHOW ME HOW

Check with your local hospital. They ususally have classes offered in Dysrythmia or Arythmias. They offer these courses at the larger hospitals and some of the smaller ones. Worst case, go to a hospital, go to cardiac ward and leave your number with the monitor tech. Ask them to call you if they will about how they got their job and the training involved most are more than willing to share.

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daphne in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

34 months ago

PDupree in Houston, Texas said: I don't know about Chino, Ca. - But here I took continuing ed courses one in EKG TECHNICIAN (which was only about 6 weeks, bought textbook) . Also took BLS (CPR/ AED- BASIC LIFE SAVING SKILLS AT SAME SCHOOL- 1 DAY COURSE- HAVE MY LIC/ CARD FOR THAT)- This was at a Junior College, which has alot of continuing ED & Technical courses. Now I will take a National course NCCT.COM, and will get license in being Monitor Technician. I have gone to a couple of hospital HR depts, and they all say I can get job as monitor tech- making $15.00-16.00hr - Just have to get the National license, and also am required to update my knowledge every year. You might contact NCCT.COM for info in your area.
Thanks, and Good luck & Blessings for both of us!

I found a place that teaches a Basic EKG course. They said that were given a Florida Board of Nursing CEU (since i live in Florida) at the end of the course. Is this whats needed to get a job as a Monitor Tech? It seems to be a course for those who want to continue their edcation but i dont know if this can also be used to be certified as a Monitor Tech. What do you think?

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paulad in Houston, Texas

34 months ago

Well , I've taken the NCCT course twice now and did not pass just by a few points. I've got one more chance (they give you three) so I guess I'll take it, even though it cost $90.00 , plus usually a sitting fee of $65.00 where they give it. I've gotten so many different answers to the job market in this, I dont know what to do. I took the course after being laid off of a job I did for close to 20yrs. My husband was recently hospitalized, my mother as well- and hospitals arent real appealing to me right now, sorry to ramble on- I wish all of you the best in your pursuits!

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joe california in Acton, California

31 months ago

acewarlock in Ellenton, Florida said: A monitor tech just sits at a bank of monitors and thats all, that $7000 course is putting the leads on and doing stress tests and a whole lot of other things and for $14.50 hr it ain't worth it. I'm looking for the 3 hr course to just watch the monitors and print out a strip if needed and that pay's about $14 hr.

i am a paramedic. i have almost completed my online monitor tech class with certificate. im only asking $175.00 for the course. i think i have alot of additional info and can send additional links. dont spend your money on the $7000 course.

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joe california in Irvine, California

31 months ago

Kate in Lake Elsinore, California said: Thank you for commenting. I appreciate it. I guess what I really need to know is who will hire me with no experience. I am certain there are places that do but, in todays job market it is tough. Again, I thank you for taking the time to reply.

kate if you have the knowledge on how to read heart monitors, got to the hospital you want to work, ask around for the person that does the hiring, and give that person a resume. if you dont have the education, i am a paramedic in riverside county and i am almost finished with an online monitor tech/unt secratary class. i'd be happy to send it to you for $175.00 at ghstwizard@aol.com. it has alot of helpful hints and the rhythms are explained . good luck with your job search.

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clifton14 in Las Vegas, Nevada

30 months ago

joe california in Acton, California said: i am a paramedic. i have almost completed my online monitor tech class with certificate. im only asking $175.00 for the course. i think i have alot of additional info and can send additional links. dont spend your money on the $7000 course.

I would love the info please!

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sunshine girl in Lakeside, California

30 months ago

I'm currently yaking the ekg course at a community college and it doesn't cost me anything. I get the Bored of governors fee waiver but even if I didn't it still would be fairly cheap. Only a couple hundred. The first semester was learning everything about the heart and how to read a rythm strip and recognize abnormal rythms. It was also hooking up the patient to a 12 lead and taking blood pressures. This semester is nothing but telemetry where you have to know every single abnormality and you getting a job depends on it. There was a guy earlier who said all they do is just hook up a patient and can't read it...that's not true!! You have to know everything there is to know and why our bodies do things and anatomy and physiology. Its pretty hardcore. After you pass the course you get a certificate which all the hospitals around here require you to have. They start off at 20 an hour out here :) hope this helps. Don't take an expensive class online look into a community college that's the best way to go!

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Maya in San Diego, California

29 months ago

sunshine girl in Lakeside, California said: I'm currently yaking the ekg course at a community college and it doesn't cost me anything. I get the Bored of governors fee waiver but even if I didn't it still would be fairly cheap. Only a couple hundred. The first semester was learning everything about the heart and how to read a rythm strip and recognize abnormal rythms. It was also hooking up the patient to a 12 lead and taking blood pressures. This semester is nothing but telemetry where you have to know every single abnormality and you getting a job depends on it. There was a guy earlier who said all they do is just hook up a patient and can't read it...that's not true!! You have to know everything there is to know and why our bodies do things and anatomy and physiology. Its pretty hardcore. After you pass the course you get a certificate which all the hospitals around here require you to have. They start off at 20 an hour out here :) hope this helps. Don't take an expensive class online look into a community college that's the best way to go!

Are you taking the course at Grossmont? I'm looking to start this fall and was wondering what your experience has been like.

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Vicki

29 months ago

I've just started an EKG course at our local Jr College in TX and it's Great! It isn't cheap!! The whole course was close to $1500.00. I do not get any grants or slack due to my income. But, the course is well rounded. I Will earn a certificate at the end with 120 hrs of clinicals to back me up. I know I will feel confident when I go to do my job. We our studying the circulation system, EKG patterns, placement and vitals.

I've been looking into a lot of programs for a year. To each his own but when I'm learning I like to ask questions and I want someone around who knows what they hell they're doing to give me answers. I would never take a course online because your still putting yourself in the position to have to ask someone for help. I feel like I'm still paying way too much but I know a lot of folks can find ways around that if they have that opportunity.
Wish everyone luck! And don't give up!!!!

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Vicki

29 months ago

I have a question. Can someone please tell me how a school can justify a loan of $7 or $10,000.00 dollars for a short program like EKG? I don't understand? A bank would have to be Ignorant to loan that! And with loans being Freaken Hard to come by nqw-in-days, how does that happen? So... How do these schools get away with this crap w/o the government asking questions? It is Hwy robbery.... Clear and simple! And the government is asking WHY these loans aren't being paid back!! What ignorance.... Seriously!! I don't blame a student... They have to be hungry to accept the offer, but, who's lining their pocket here? And I know it's not the Teachers!!! People.... Plz Dp Not support these schools!!!!

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Vicki

29 months ago

I have a question. Can someone please tell me how a school can justify a loan of $7 or $10,000.00 dollars for a short program like EKG? I don't understand? A bank would have to be Ignorant to loan that! And with loans being Freaken Hard to come by nqw-in-days, how does that happen? So... How do these schools get away with this crap w/o the government asking questions? It is Hwy robbery.... Clear and simple! And the government is asking WHY these loans aren't being paid back!! What ignorance.... Seriously!! I don't blame a student... They have to be hungry to accept the offer, but, who's lining their pocket here? And I know it's not the Teachers!!! People.... Plz Dp Not support these schools!!!!

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Vicki

29 months ago

Correction!! :)

Save yourself a lot of trouble and pain and DO NOT SUPPORT these schools that will Truly ROB you blind....

Please.......

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Ashley Sypniewski in Cypress, California

29 months ago

I would like to become a monitor techn. what is the best and cheapest way??

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Tammy in Los Angeles, California

29 months ago

Hi Ashley..there are a number of us that are trying to take classes or have taken classes. It seems the problem is getting the job aftewards. I see you are also in california. I am in the San Fernando Valley area. I have not taken any classes based on how hard it seems to be to get a job without any experience.

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Kim in Merritt Island, Florida

28 months ago

I found a class that I am getting ready to take online. You have 30 days to complete the course for 175.00. Phlebotomycareertraining. They have monitor tech and ekg classes.

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saper21 in Alhambra, California

21 months ago

annie in Sun Valley, California said: Gina, Whatever you do stay away from calif school of health sciences. They have a $250.00 4day cert. course. The teachers are rude and have very poor speaking skills. Read my comments earlier on this. Audit them without paying first. Read thier refund policy too. I brought 3 other people with me. I am so sorry I did. If you can help me find another school I would love to hear. Thanks Annie

Hey Annie, aside from "poor speaking skill and rudeness" how was the course overall(adequate training;facility;materails etc?) I wasn't able to find your previous comments on it. Im in Los Angeles, any recommendations on other facilities that offer the same course? Thanks again

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Vicki in Marble Falls, Texas

21 months ago

I just completed a course that took 4 mths and cost $1500.00. For the money I put into this I was disappointed! I had No Idea how complicated it was. There are 25 basic rhythms alone that you must understand. In order to identify the rhythm you must measure the PQRST, look for the problems and where in the heart they start, what kind of medications effect the conditions along with many other things to watch out for. When an EKG Tech analyzes a strip the heart may have more than one problem and you have to be able to Not Only recognize this but write it down as well. Even after 4 mths a majority of the class was slow to analyze a strip. I have yet to run into a hospital that wants a student in this position! While on the job a Tech is Not monitoring 3 or 4 patients, they will have as many as 40+ screens in front of them and monitoring all of them. At the end of the shift you have to decipher and write out each patients rhythm. The patients life will depend on your knowledge and the Doctors will depend upon your skills. Do not enter this field unless you have a sincere desire to learn about the heart. After lots of time and practice.... then you can relax!!

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med homas in manhattan, New York

14 months ago

Certified EKG/Electrocardiogram Technician (Clinical)

Learn more about exam components.....
Duties: The EKG Technician is the person responsible for performing diagnostic tests to access the heart rhythm and rate in patients. EKG's are also performed before and after operations, during physicals, examinations of patients , for patients with a history of heart disease, when patients are experiencing chest pains and when the Doctor deems it necessary. The well trained EKG technician is an integral part of the management of patients with heart disease. The EKG Technician may also clean equipment, maintain and process data reports.

Attaches, connects, and operates electrodes from specified body areas to leads from electrocardiograph machine.
Reviews patient's record and instructs patients prior to procedures. Monitors patient during procedures and reports any abnormal findings.
Identifies and corrects for artifacts. Edits and forwards results to attending physician for analysis and
interpretation.
Maintains EKG equipment and supplies.
Other duties as assigned.
nccanow.com/ekg_technician_certificaion.html

clinical components are
12 Lead EKG
3 Lead EKG
5 Lead EKG

in some cases 15 Lead EKG & Stress Testing

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med homas in manhattan, New York

14 months ago

There are 5 of them:

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant/Specialist
Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (Clinical)
Certified EKG Technician (Clinical)
Certified Restorative Aide

Also have a little bit of different here and there, but at the moment this are the best jobs to start with.

Here are the links and descriptions of what they exactly are:
nccanow.com/medical_assistant_certification.html
nccanow.com/patient_care_technician_certification.html
nccanow.com/phlebotomy_technician.html
nccanow.com/ekg_technician_certificaion.html
nccanow.com/restorative_aide_certification.html

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med homas in manhattan, New York

14 months ago

med homas in manhattan, New York said: There are 5 of them:

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant/Specialist
Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (Clinical)
Certified EKG Technician (Clinical)
Certified Restorative Aide

Also have a little bit of different here and there, but at the moment this are the best jobs to start with.

Here are the links and descriptions of what they exactly are:
nccanow.com/medical_assistant_certification.html
nccanow.com/patient_care_technician_certification.html
nccanow.com/phlebotomy_technician.html
nccanow.com/ekg_technician_certificaion.html
nccanow.com/restorative_aide_certification.html

Research on google and yahoo about the job oppurtunity before making up your decision as this is the best thing to do before getting into any kind of training

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John in San Jose, California

14 months ago

Kate in Lake Elsinore, California said: Flex Ed has a course in Chino and they are very reasonable. They have package deals so you get training in areas that make you more marketable. Great class. I know I am in it.

Kate
I am planing to a class at Flex Ed, how the courses and the instructor at Flex ed?

Thank you
John

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Stephanie George in Texas City, New Jersey

14 months ago

Ekg Technician is good cert to have provided the rights skills comes with it, and i agree taking a exam with clinical and knowledge based would be a good option.

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John in San Jose, California

13 months ago

Kate in Lake Elsinore, California said: Flex Ed has a course in Chino and they are very reasonable. They have package deals so you get training in areas that make you more marketable. Great class. I know I am in it.

Kate, how the class at Flex Ed? how the instructor?

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Jeff Wilson in Tulsa, Oklahoma

13 months ago

You can look at other EKG Tech certification exam options <a href="www.ekgtechniciancenter.com/certifications/">here</a> as well.

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