ECG Technician Certificate

The electrocardiography technician (ECG) certificate is a 16-credit hour program. This program will prepare students to operate equipment that records and measures heart activity. These measurements are used to assist cardiologists and other physicians in diagnosing and treating heart and blood vessel problems. The teaching goes beyond students learning to apply electrodes and operate the ECG machine. Students will learn how to read and interpret ECGs and differentiate cardiac rhythms. ECG technicians may conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity and similar tests.

This Program

  • ECG technician certificate takes 16 credit hours to complete; it can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Small class sizes; more one-on-one attention from instructors
  • Online tutoring as well as individual tutoring available
  • Local clinical sites
  • Simulation lab
  • High-tech collaborative classroom
  • Program is hands-on but also has online aspect built into teaching

Simulation & Skills Lab

Sandburg state-of-the-art Simulation Center provides life-like simulation learning experiences, including manikins that move, breathe, make noises, etc. The Simulation Center utilizes SimMan and houses a maternal/child unit with Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal. Our Skills Lab includes infant, toddler, child, and adult manikins and skills equipment that reflect the newest technology in the health care industry.

Careers & Projected Salary

Annual salary for entry-level workers start around $32,007. Mid-level pay is $36,094 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $41,773. (State of Illinois averages)


How to Apply

All individuals interested in the electrocardiography program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College program advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process.

  1. Complete application to Carl Sandburg College
  2. Send official high school transcript or equivalent and any post-secondary education transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete college placement exam.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor prior to applying.