EKG: Electrocardiogram Technician

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Course Duration: 100 hours
Externship Duration: 240-400 hours
Enrollment Cost: $600
Tuition Cost: $3,000
Total Cost: $3,600

The EKG Technician course is an accelerated program that prepares students to transition into a healthcare career in less than 3 months. EKG Techs operate electrocardiogram machines while performing various tests on patients which enable cardiologists make accurate diagnoses.

Our EKG program prepares you to take the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification exam. NCCT certification is accepted in the United States and is valid for 5 years. This program meets the recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for the development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). You do not need any prior education or experience in healthcare to enroll.

Our program is the fastest in the area, ranging from 8-12 weeks depending on the schedule of your choice. We offer a variety of schedules so you can choose the one that works for you. Unique features of the course include:

  • Night and Weekend Classes
  • 80 Hours of Live Online Classes
  • 20 Hours of In-Person Labs
  • Qualification for the NCCT Exam in just 100 hours
  • Comprehensive Board Exam Review
  • 240-400 Externship Hours (optional)
  • Professionalism, Job Search, and Externship Preparation Workshop

What is an EKG Tech?

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a machine that detects problems with the electrical activity of the heart. EKG technicians conduct tests alongside a cardiologist to detect disease and other problems associated with the heart. They are responsible for preparing the patient for testing, operating the EKG machine correctly, conducting Holter monitoring and stress testing, and providing accurate results to a cardiologist for analysis. EKG Techs are people-oriented and work closely with patients, nurses, doctors, and other medical staff.

Getting certified as an EKG Technician provides the opportunity to work in a team-oriented environment with excellent benefits, job stability, and opportunities for career advancement. The average pay for EKG Techs in California is $60,320 per year or $29 per hour. Those starting an entry-level EKG career can expect to make around $50,000 while the top earners bring home upwards of $75,000 per year. Check out our blog on EKG Tech job outlook.

Program Features

Our EKG Tech program offers a host of student benefits, including:

  1. Textbook & Uniform
  2. Comprehensive NCCT Exam Review
  3. BLS/CPR certification from Zenith Career Services at no extra cost.
  4. One Free NCCT Exam Attempt from Zenith Career Services only.
  5. Qualification for Altamont Healthcare's Externship Program.

Altamont Healthcare graduates who have passed the board exam are eligible for our exclusive externship program which provides 240-400 hours of training and hands-on experience in a partner medical facility and the opportunity to impress employers with your performance. Externships are a great way to receive job training, earn work experience, build connections before applying for a paid position.

Students must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and provide a valid government-issued photo ID. While anatomy and physiology knowledge is helpful, it’s not required for enrollment.

Flexible Tuition Payments

We acknowledge that the financial cost of higher education is a barrier for potential students, that’s why we are committed to assisting all students who want to enroll. We are proud to provide one of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates. We also offer payment plans, discounts, and student loans. If none of our payment options are within your reach, we would be happy to create a customized plan for you!

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All Altamont Healthcare graduates are eligible for our externship program upon certification. Externships are included in the Surgical Technologist program.

  • NOTE: The schedule & length of your externship are negotiated between you and your contracted hospital. Externships last 240-400 hours.

Fall 2024 EKG Tech Schedule

We are offering 2 EKG classes during Fall 2024:

  • Day Class: Tuesday-Friday 1pm – 5pm
  • Weekend Class: Friday 8am – 1pm & Saturday 8am – 5pm

Day Class Details:

  • Start Date: Jul. 2, 2024
  • End Date: Aug. 15, 2024
  • Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 1:30PM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Jul. 2, 2024
    • 2nd – Jul. 16, 2024
    • 3rd – Aug. 6, 2024

Weekend Class Details: 

  • Start Date: Aug. 16, 2024
  • End Date: Oct. 5, 2024
  • Orientation Date: Friday, August 9, 2024, at 9:30AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – Aug. 16, 2024
    • 2nd – Sep. 6, 2024
    • 3rd – Sep. 27, 2024

Summer 2024 EKG Tech Schedule

We are offering 3 EKG classes during Summer 2024:

  • Day Class: Tuesday-Friday 1pm – 5pm
  • Weekend Class: Friday 8am – 1pm & Saturday 8am – 5pm
  • Night Class: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Day Class Details:

  • Start Date: March 26, 2024
  • End Date: May 7, 2024
  • Orientation Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at 1:30PM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – March 26, 2024
    • 2nd – April 9, 2024
    • 3rd – April 30, 2024

Weekend Class Details: 

  • Start Date: May 17, 2024
  • End Date: July 13, 2024
  • Orientation Date: Friday, May 10, 2024, at 9:30AM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – May 17, 2024
    • 2nd – June 7, 2024
    • 3rd – June 28, 2024

Night Class Details: - CANCELLED

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  • Orientation Date: Tuesday, April 2. 2024, at 5:30PM
  • Payment Due Dates:
    • 1st – April 8 ,2024
    • 2nd – April 22, 2024
    • 3rd – May 6, 2024
  Costs Refund Policy
Registration Fee $250.00 Non-refundable
Book $100.00 Subject to change; non-refundable once ordered
Lab Materials $200.00 Non-refundable upon removal from packaging.
Uniform & PPE $50.00 Non-refundable upon removal from packaging.
$3,000.00 Refundable subject to Rules and Procedure below
Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee $0.00 Non-Refundable; $0 for every $1,000 rounded to the nearest $1,000

Take advantage of our easy payment plans! We are committed to partnering up with you and helping you reach your goal of having a dependable and rewarding life-long healthcare career in the field of sterile processing.

If none of our plans work for you, we’d be happy to create a custom payment plan with you. If a special payment plan interests you, please call our office during operating hours or send us a message here.


All payment plans below do not include registration and book fees. The payment plans and discounts are based on the tuition rate of $3,000.00.

Option #1: Pay in full and receive a 10% discount. ($2,700.00)

Option #2: Two installments: Pay one third of the tuition ($1000.00) and receive a 5% discount on the remaining amount ($1,900.00).

Option #3: Full tuition is paid in three equal installments ($1000.00).

Option #4: The student accepts a loan from Climb Credit to cover the tuition balance. Learn more.

*All payments made after the designated due date will be charged a late payment fee of $20.00 regardless of balance. All discounts are subject to removal upon late payment.

Payment shall be made by cashier’s check, money order, or credit/debit card.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover & Paypal.

Altamont Healthcare is a cashless business.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
  • Have a valid government-issued photo ID
  • Have at least a high-school diploma or GED (College degrees are accepted)

No experience required.

Altamont Healthcare will provide you with all the background and skills you need to succeed in the program and your career. This program is perfect for people that have just graduated from high school/general education or who want to switch fields with little/no relevant work experience.

Externships are included in the cost of tuition. Experienced hospital staff will train you in a real-world setting, so you can feel comfortable performing your duties when you apply for jobs. Enrolling into the externship program after passing your board exam will give you an edge over inexperienced job candidates during the employment process.

Applying is easy.

To apply for our programs, you can submit an application online here. To reserve a spot in the class, you must complete the application and pay the application fee of $250 (non-refundable). Once your application has been accepted, you will be emailed your student portal login. If you are not ready to apply but want more information, register for our interest list by submitting a form here.

If you do not pay the $250 application fee, we will not process your application.

Altamont Healthcare aims to make enrollment and financing as easy as possible. With simple prerequisites and flexible payment options, we offer simplicity and affordability when it comes to getting your education.

Once you receive the login credentials, you may access the student portal and complete the enrollment documents that were sent to your account. Once your enrollment is complete, you will receive a link to the course registration page.

After you’ve registered for your class(es), you will see the course fees and tuition charges appear in your account.

See our Prerequisites and Tuition and Financial Options pages for more information on pricing and payment plans.

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School Values


Our programs build your knowledge from the ground up. We give you the building blocks to prepare you for the rigor of the healthcare industry.


Our teaching staff are professionals with years of experience. They will guide you towards peak performance and success in your new career.


We are dedicated to bolstering trade jobs and increasing the number of healthcare workers in our area.


Everyone should have the opportunity to work in healthcare regardless of time constraints or income.