EKG Tech Training, Certification and Salary in Georgia

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If you are considering working in the healthcare field, you could easily become an EKG tech.

Lets have a look at the requirements for the state of Georgia.

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EKG Tech Job Description and Duties in Georgia

EKG techs perform in the healthcare sector.

They usually helping doctors in diagnosing and treating heart and blood vessels related problems.

There are numerous duties you will need to finish every day.

Some of them are:

  • Evaluating a patient and explaining procedures
  • Verify patients identity
  • Performing EKG
  • Point of care testing
  • Preparing test results for the doctor
  • Maintaining your area and equipment

EKG Tech Job Requirements in Georgia

You probably want to know how you can start working as an EKG tech.

In Georgia, you don’t have to meet any requirements to get a job in the field.

However, most employers do ask for some certification and you will have higher chances to be paid better.

There is some paperwork you need to submit when applying for jobs, which is:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Proof you’re in good health
  • An EKG technician certification
  • Some form of ID

You’ll additionally need to prove you:

  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have good communication skills

EKG Technician Education in Georgia

The first step you need to take is finding the right training program to develop your skills.

The training programs for EKG techs usually last for 4 months and end in a diploma.

While Georgia doesn’t have any requirements for students wanting to enroll in a program, schools do.

Some of these requirements include the following:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Over The Age Of 18
  • Clean Background Check (No Felonies)
  • Negative Hepatitis Test
  • Negative TB Test
  • Immunization Records
  • Some schools may accept students as young as 16, but this needs to be checked with each school.

In order to complete your daily duties, you have to develop certain job-related skills.

For that, you need to attend classes such as:

  • Heart anatomy
  • Medical disease processes
  • Medical terminology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Ethics
  • Anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement
  • Pacemakers

While in class, you will not only attend theory classes but also practice.

Here is a list of schools in Georgia that you can check out.

Top 30 Schools in Georgia

School NameAddress
American Red Cross9851 Commerce Way Douglasville, GA 30135
Ashona Medical Institute1315 Milstead Road Northeast Conyers, GA 30012
Atlanta Career Institute5380 Peachtree Industrial Blvd #120, Norcross, GA 30071
Center for Progressive Training1805 Highway 138 Southwest Riverdale, GA 30296
Central Georgia Technical College3300 Macon Tech Drive Macon, GA 31206
Clinical Skills Training Center2459 Roosevelt Highway c9 College Park, GA 30337
Cobb CNA School5590 Mableton Parkway Southwest Suite 166 Mableton, GA 30126
College of Continuing and Professional Education at KSU3333 Busbee Drive Northwest Kennesaw, GA 30144
Cumberland Medical Institute3411 Austell Road Southwest #100 Marietta, GA 30008
Emory University Hospital Midtown550 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30308
FAKS Allied Health Education Center5530 Old National Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30349
Fayette Medical Institute101 Beckett Lane Fayetteville, GA 30214
Georgia Medical Institute6431 Tara Boulevard Jonesboro, GA 30236
Health Tech of Georgia1867 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093
Kennesaw State University1000 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Kennesaw State University College of Professional Education3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Lanier Technical College2535 Lanier Tech Drive Gainesville, GA 30507
Life Solutions for Health4798 Flat Shoals Parkway Decatur, GA 30034
Malik College2502 Chamblee Tucker Road #200 Chamblee, GA 30341
Medical Institute Of Northeast GA1215 C Tuscany Drive Braselton, GA 30517
New Horizons Medical Institute138 Park Avenue #200 Winder, GA 30680
Northside Hospital Atlanta1000 Johnson Ferry Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30342
Rockdale Career Academy1064 Culpepper Drive Southwest Conyers, GA 30094
Step One Health Agency5950 Veterans Parkway Columbus, GA 31909
Tender Care Training Center1755 Gordon Hwy E, Augusta, GA 30904
University of North Georgia3820 Mundy Mill Road Oakwood, GA 30566
Village Samaritan Training4 Forest Circle Newnan, GA 30265
Village Samaritan Training Institute911 S Park Suite A Street, South Park Street Carrollton, GA 30117
Virginia College in Macon1901 Paul Walsh Drive Macon, GA 31206
Woodruff Medical Training and Testing School1927 Lakeside Parkway Tucker, GA 30084

EKG Technician Certification in Georgia

Before you can get an EKG tech certification, you have to pass an exam.

To do this, you have to first send in some documents.

The papers need to include the diploma you got when you finished the training program.

You can also send in official school transcripts.

If you haven’t attended a training program, you need 1 year of work experience in the past 3 years.

Another requirement is completing 10 EKGs.

The tests you have to pass are:

  • ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam
  • NHA Certified EKG Technician exam
  • ASET

After you pass the tests, you will be issued a national EKG tech certification.

The national EKG tech certification also needs renewal so you can keep working.

To get it renewed, you will need to attend some additional hours of education.

EKG Technician Employment and Salary in Georgia

After you are issued the national EKG certification, you can find a job in any of the following facilities:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Various other healthcare facilities

Your workplace will determine your schedule which can be demanding.

You should be prepared to work on the weekends or on the night shifts.

The salaries vary and depend on your experience in the field as well as where you live.

You will earn a higher salary if you live in a bigger area compared to smaller ones.

Below, you can check the average salaries for EKG techs in the 10 largest areas regions in Georgia.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of EKG Technicians in Georgia

City NameSalary
Warner Robins$36,500
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary in Georgia

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Athens-Clarke County, GA60$53,020$25.49$78,890$30,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA1,460$63,160$30.37$96,940$35,890
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC200$56,660$27.24$82,210$29,910
Columbus, GA-AL80$57,870$27.82$77,990$31,210
Macon, GA130$58,260$28.01$88,050$29,890
Savannah, GA100$58,430$28.09$81,890$29,500
Warner Robins, GA70$43,780$21.05$76,410$31,060
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, OCC Code 29-2031, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information for EKG Technicians in Georgia

You are required to pay $150 to get an ASET certification.

The fee includes:

  • Full study guide
  • Unlimited practice exams,
  • 3 final certification exam attempts
  • A professional resume revision

This can be done online, except for the practical training which should be completed in person.

Becoming a Certified EKG Instructor (CEI)

Another idea is applying to become a Certified EKG Instructor (CEIs) through the American Society of EKG Technicians.

To receive this certification, you are required to have 5 years of experience.

You can mail your application online along with a background check.

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