Technical and Health Standards for an EKG Technician

EKG students must possess the physical, mental, and emotional capabilities required to successfully complete the EKG course and gain employment in the field.

Technical Standards

The prospective EKG student must possess sufficient strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to:

  • Provide quality patient care as it pertains to performing an EKG exam.
  • Stand and walk for 85% of the time.
  • Demonstrate flexible motor coordination (bending, reaching, repetitive hand movements) intermittently for 50% of the work time.
  • Tolerate standing in various positions for applying electrodes.
  • Perform transfer techniques (wheelchair or stretcher to EKG table or patient bed), and assist moving patients into various positions for the stress test procedures.
  • Move equipment (on wheels) to other areas of a facility in order to perform studies according to established standards.


The prospective EKG student must:

  • Have sufficient eye/hand coordination skills in order to perform EKG examinations.
  • Have the ability to perform basic mathematical problems utilizing a calculator.
  • Be able to use senses (vision, hearing, smell, and touch) to recognize changes regarding a patient’s condition and needs.
  • Have the ability to hear, understand, and react quickly to verbal instructions and patient needs, including but not exclusive to codes, alarms, and patient calls.


Health Standards

The prospective EKG student must be able to consistently demonstrate emotional, mental, and physical health in order to:

  • Meet the demands of the job including handling stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.
  • Provide physical and emotional support to the patient during EKG procedures.
  • Carry out all assigned duties.
  • Perform EKG procedures according to established standards.
  • View recorded rhythm strips for the purpose of identifying proper protocol, procedural sequencing, technical qualities, and identification of pathology.


Communication Standards

The prospective EKG student must be able to consistently demonstrate effective communication in order to:

  • Enunciate clearly in English (language interpreter if the patient do not speak English) with patients of diverse ethnicities and cultures.
  • Accurately elicit information from patients, family members, and team members.
  • Use standard professional medical terminology when documenting a patient’s electronic health record.