About the ECG Technician Program

Learn to operate ECG equipment and work as an ECG Technician in a cardiology office, non-invasive cardiac diagnostic department in a hospital, medical clinic, or other medical facilities.

Through this program, you will learn to perform electrocardiograms, heart monitoring, and various stress testing procedures. Upon completion of the program, certification is recommended and some states require licensing.

Beginning and Advanced ECG

Beginning Electrocardiography (ECG) Technician students (ECGT 101) will learn to operate a single-channel electrocardiography unit, methods of mounting tracings, fundamental anatomy of the cardiovascular system, associated medical terminology, and evaluation of tracings, including recognition of rates and basic rhythms.

Advanced ECG Technician students (ECGT 102) will learn advanced terminology, rhythms, heart blocks, hypertrophies and infarction patterns, numerical axia determination, and 3-channel machine operation. 

Program Information 

Explore Potential Careers

This program prepares you for a job as an Electrocardiography Technician. As an Electrocardiography Technician, you will perform vascular procedures in hospitals, outpatient centers, diagnostic labs, medical offices, and specialty hospitals and clinics.

Enrollment Procedures

Students who are new to CCSF must submit an application to the College:

  1. Complete the CCSF online Credit application.
  2. Complete the CCSF Credit Placement Test.  Students who have an AA/AS degree or higher can sign a Placement Test Waiver but must show proof of English.
  3. Attend the orientation or meet with a counselor.
  4. Register for class online or at the first class meeting.


The Program orientation is advised but not mandatory.  The orientation is offered once every semester at the John Adams Center, Gym Bldg. 103.  Students who are unable to attend may register the first evening of class.

The orientation is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Due to limited space, visitors and children are not recommended to attend.

Program Orientation Information


View Requirements in College Catalog

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ECGT 101 ECG Technician I 4  
ECGT 102 ECG Technician II 4  

Total Units: 8 

View Requirements in College Catalog

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ECGT 101 ECG Technician I 4  
HIT 50A Medical Terminology I 3  
BIO 106 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology  
EMT 14 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 3  

Total Units: 14 

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ECGT 102 ECG Technician II 4  
HCT 67 Computer Applications in the Health Care Setting 2  
HIT 50B Medical Terminology II 2  
HIT 57 Disease Process 3  
MED 62 Communication and Professionalism in Health Care 2  

Total Units: 13 

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ECGT 103A  Electrocardiography Professional Experience 1  
ECGT 103B  Electrocardiography Professional Practice 3  
HIT 75 Organization and Management in Health 3  
HLTH 10 Health and Aging 3  
MED 55 The Electronic Health Record 3  

Total Units: 13

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3  
HCT 104 Phlebotomy Technician 5.5  

Total Units: 8.5

Overall Total Units: 48.5

  • ECGT 101:  ENGL 86 or ESL 150 or placement in ENGL 88 or ESL 160
  • ECGT 102:  Completion of ECGT 101 

22% projected job growth for 2014 to 2024.

Certificate required. Certification preferred, however, some states require licensing.

Medium annual salary $31,253 (national)

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