Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologist

The Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologist student is initially trained to recognize normal and abnormal 12-lead electrocardiograms (EKGs) and interpret recordings as they relate to heart disease such as bradyarrhythmias, tachyarrhythmias, heart block, chamber enlargement and myocardial infarction.

As student progresses through the program, standard protocols utilized during a Cardiac EP study are thoroughly explored. Students learn procedures related to Cardiac EP catheter placement when an arrhythmia is caused by “abnormal electrical circuits”.

Special instruction is provided on ablation procedures, often described as cauterization, of the effected heart area causing these often life-threatening abnormal rhythms.

The Core Curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy & Physiology/ Pathophysiology
  • Basic and Advanced electrocardiography
  • Physics
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • IV Administration
  • Vital signs

As our students progress through the specialized courses in Cardiac EP, focus is placed on:

  • Sterile technique and radiation safety
  • Basic Hemodynamics
  • Cardiac Pathology
  • Advanced ECG and lethal arrhythmia recognition and intervention
  • Principles of Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
  • Implant Procedures
  • Cardiac Rhythms and Arrhythmias
  • Mapping Concepts
  • Ablation Techniques
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association.

Special attention is given to monitoring systems, measurement of intervals, mapping and navigational systems, ablation techniques and tilt table testing. Student will learn to identify atrial and ventricular study components, programmed electrical stimulation, sinus node recovery time, measurement of intervals and catheter location during this program.

The Clinical & Externship Experience

The off-campus clinical rotation is an integral part of the training program. Student is assigned to a school-approved clinical site by the Program Director. Students will maintain this rotation until all required hours have been successfully completed within the allotted time frame. Site visits to hospitals are conducted on a regular basis by school clinical site coordinator to assess the satisfactory progress of the student.

Due to the technical nature of this program, students must have prior allied health training, recent clinical work experience and college credits in anatomy & physiology, math, and science.

Career Placement

The knowledge and skills acquired in this program prepare students for responsible career entry positions with advancement opportunities in hospitals and other related healthcare facilities. There is a widespread demand for competent, credentialed Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologists.

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Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Lippincott ECG Workout Book Huff 978-1-4511-1553-6 $52.79
APRN World Cardiac Pharmacology, 2nd Edition Nair 978-194-100-4128 $74.95
Elsevier Anatomy & Physiology, 9th Edition Patton/Thibodeau 978-0-3232-9883-4 $149.25
Blackwell Science Electrophysiologic Testing Fogros 978-0-4706-7423-9 $92.25
Blackwell Science Cardiac Pacing and ICD's Ellenbogen 978-1-1184-5951-5 $105.76
American Heart Association ACLS Woodson Education $250.00