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Telemetry Program



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Telemetry Technician and EKG Program

  • Two Semesters program: Fall and Spring
  • Evening classes and taught on site at Grossmont College
  • Enrollment is once a year for classes starting each August
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent



Effective  October 28, 2014:

The Allied Health and Nursing Division of Grossmont College will be placing EKG /Telemetry Program on hold while the program is revised with the expectation of accepting the next cohort in
Fall 2016.

1-Revisions will most likely include creating a program for training students to be eligible as entry-level
EKG Technicians in a single semester. Requirements for the EKG Technician Program potentially will include a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as completed immunizations such as Hep B, TDAP, MMR, Varicella and / or seropositivity, Malpractice Insurance, AHA CPR Card, Background Check and Drug Screening.

2-Those students who are interested in
Telemetry Technician will be required to complete the EKG Technician Program with a grade of "C" or better and have completed the prerequisite  Medical Terminology course (BOT 161 or equivalent).

This notification is posted to prepare students for potential requirement changes, but please note that the EKG Technician and Telemetry Program changes have not been finalized. As program changes do become finalized, announcements will be posted.



Electrocardiograph Technicians assess the heart by looking at its electrical activity. This entry-level position of Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician operates and maintains EKG machines. The EKG machines detect and record electronic impulses transmitted by the heart during and between heartbeats. With additional training, these Technicians can conduct stress testing and Holter monitoring.

The EKG Technicians usually perform the test with the patient lying upon an examination table. The Technician attaches electrodes to the patient's chest, arms, and legs. The Technician then starts the machine that records wave tracings on a roll of paper. After the test is completed, the Technician may mark sections of the report that the physician should review.

For treadmill stress tests, EKG Technicians document the patient's medical history, explain the procedure, connect the patient to an EKG monitor, and obtain a baseline reading and resting blood pressure. Next, they monitor the heart's performance while the patient is walking on a treadmill, gradually increasing the treadmill's speed to observe the effect of increased exertion.

For Holter monitoring, the EKG Technicians place electrodes on the patient's chest and attach a portable EKG monitor to the patient's belt. Following 24 or more hours of normal activity by the patient, the Technician removes a tape from the monitor and places it in a scanner. After checking the quality of the recorded impulses on an electronic screen, the Technician usually prints the information from the tape for analysis by a physician.

Telemetry Technicians are employed in hospitals, clinics, and private practice offices.

The beginning EKG Telemetry course trains students to record basic electrocardiograms and recognize abnormalities. The advanced Telemetry courses include the theory and techniques necessary to perform these duties.

In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, students may have the opportunity to visit a hospital to do job shadowing in an EKG department.


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Effective November 01, 2013                                                                                               (posted 3/28/2013)
Students wishing to apply to the EKG Telemetry Program must provide proof of the following immunizations and /or tests at time of application;
  1.  MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)- series of 2 vaccinations or seropositivity.

  2. Hepatitis B- series of 3 vaccinations and HBsAb Quantitative test for

    EA negative (non-immune) seropositivity test result must include
                   a booster or repeat of series, and a re-test for seropositivity.
     (Students are not eligible to decline without a physician's statement documenting an adverse reaction to HepB or a statement from their pastor indicating refusal for religious reasons.

  3. Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis)- 1 vaccination 2005 or after.

  4. Varicella- series of 2 vaccinations or seropositivity. 

    TB (Tuberculosis)- not required at time of application.  This test will be required after invitation and acceptance to the program.  It is recommended students test 3 months prior to start of program.  Further information will be available at time of acceptance.
Applicants currently on the waitlist or those wishing to apply to the program prior to November 01, 2013:
The above required immunizations and/or tests will need to be submitted to the EKG Telemetry office by November 01, 2013 in order to remain on the waitlist and receive an invitation to the program.  If all required immunizations and/or tests are not complete and submitted to the EKG office by the November 01, 2013 deadline date, your name will be removed from the waitlist.



Effective January 01, 2012

If you are enrolled or have accepted a seat into any other Grossmont College Health Professions Program, you will be ineligible to receive an invitation to the EKG Telemetry Program . Students wishing to apply to the EKG Telemetry Program must apply for an entry date which does not conflict with the completion of the Health Professions Program you are currently enrolled in.

All students must have completed the Hepatitis B Vaccinations (3) and test for Seropositivity in order to begin the program beginning with the fall 2013 cohort.
Please note that the series and seropositivity take approximately 7-8 months to complete. Applicants wishing to be considered for fall 2013 should begin the series immediately. Please contact your healthcare provider, for more information on the Hepatitis B Series of vaccinations.


"All communication between the program office and the student is by email. All emails sent to student on the waitlist and currently in the program are sent with a delivery and read receipt. If you chose not to check the read receipt, the program is not responsible if the student states that they did not receive the email".



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