Telemetry Technician and EKG Program
Two Semesters program: Fall and Spring
- Evening classes and taught on site at
- 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.
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
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
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
Sample of Online Application
Program Cost /
in the Program
Employment Outlook & Salaries
Effective November 01, 2013
Students wishing to apply to the EKG Telemetry Program must provide
proof of the following immunizations and /or tests
currently on the waitlist or those wishing to apply to the program
prior to November 01, 2013:
series of 2
series of 3
result must include
a booster or repeat
of series, and a
are not eligible to
decline without a
adverse reaction to
HepB or a statement
from their pastor
vaccination 2005 or
series of 2
required at time of
test will be
acceptance to the
program. It is
test 3 months prior
to start of
information will be
available at time of
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
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.
between the program
office and the
student is by email.
All emails sent to
student on the
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