EKG Technician Technical Standards
All individuals, including persons with
disabilities, who wish to participate in the EKG technician program, must be
able to perform specific technical functions with or without reasonable
The following information outlines the
requirements, abilities, and behavioral characteristics necessary for admission,
continued participation, and completion of the EKG technician program at Harford
Community College (HCC). Students should consult with the non-credit allied
health coordinator to discuss any individual situations that may prevent his or
her ability to meet the admission criteria or the essential technical standards.
Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered. It is ultimately the
student’s responsibility to meet these essential qualifications for
participation in the program.
In order to meet the requirements for
admission, perform the skills/duties of an EKG technician, and assume the
responsibilities of a direct care provider the student must:
Be at least 18 years old.
Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.
Review the program technical standards and ask questions if
unfamiliar with the required activities or functions.
Decide if he or she has any limitations that may restrict or
interfere with the satisfactory performance of any of the requirements.
Indicate willingness to practice direct care skills in a
laboratory setting by role-playing both the EKG technician and the client.
Successfully complete prerequisite courses such as, but not limited to, HIPAA
Training, Healthcare Job Market Preparation, and Medical Terminology
Indicate willingness to practice direct care skills in laboratory setting by
role-playing both EKG technician and the patient/client.
Recognize the potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially hazardous materials.
Any individual who is unable or
unwilling to meet the following technical
standards in the classroom, lab, and clinical
area will be unable to participate in the
—Able to observe, monitor, and/or assess client, and
read fine print on monitors, devices, and gauges.
Hearing—Able to hear and understand faculty, staff, peers,
patient/clients, families, and healthcare workers; interpret conversations; and
Read written instructions.
Acquire information from documents such as charts,
computer images, and other modes of delivery.
See and discriminate between varieties of visual equipment
Observe demonstrations and patients/clients close up and at a distance
to learn skills and gather patient/client data such as, but not limited to, observing a
patient/client’s facial expressions, gait, appearance, posture, and other nonverbal cues.
Smell—Able to tolerate unpleasant odors related to
infections, body odor, etc.
Communicate and interact with faculty, staff, peers,
patients/clients, families, and healthcare workers from a variety of cultural
Follow verbal instructions.
Use a stethoscope to hear blood pressure and heart sounds.
Detect and discriminate between sounds of normal conversation.
Hear sounds of a variety of equipment alarms including, but
not limited to, bed/chair alarms and signaling devices (call bells).
Mobility—Possess the mobility and strength to move freely
in the clinical area and support/move patient/clients.
Motor Skills (fine and gross)—Perform multiple motor tasks
simultaneously. Possess fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle
equipment and provide safe and effective client care; keen sense of touch;
awareness of self in relationship to surroundings, steady arm and hand movements
while manipulating objects or assisting the other healthcare providers and/or clients.
Move quickly from place to place and perform direct care.
Support and transfer patients/clients safely from bed to
stretcher, bed to wheelchair, and modify patient/client position in bed.
Lift and/or carry 50 lbs. to waist level unassisted
move objects in excess of 100 lbs. without restriction
Stand/sit in an upright position for approximately 6 hours
a day and walk long distances.
Reach above shoulder height to manipulate equipment.
Reach below waist level to manipulate equipment.
Tactile–Possess a keen sense of touch and the ability to
interpret tactile sensations to perceive information such as, but not limited to
texture, mobility, firmness, strength, and temperature.
Perform CPR and other basic life support functions.
Operate and manipulate equipment such as, but not limited to EKG machines,
cardiac monitors, Holter Monitors, treadmills, wheelchairs, and stretchers.
Push/pull beds; transport patient/client.
Lift and move clients safely.
Chart/write in medical records and record patient/client
Distinguish pulse rate, rhythm, and strength by
Detect changes in skin/tissue temperature and integrity.
Communication—Able to communicate in English, both orally
and in writing, with faculty, staff, peers, clients, families, and healthcare
Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities—Able to learn,
measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and use
Speak English in a clear and easily understood manner.
Write in a manner that is legible.
Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Read and comprehend written material in English at a
minimum of the 9th
Observe non-verbal communication.
Behavioral and Social Attributes—Possess the emotional
health required to use intellectual abilities fully such as exercising good
judgment, promptly completing all responsibilities associated with client care,
and developing mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with faculty,
staff, peers, clients, families, and healthcare workers.
Interpret, problem solve, and demonstrate critical
Convert numerical data from one measurement system to
Respond to emergencies by processing information
consistently, accurately, and quickly.
Possess the ability to self-evaluate.
Ethical Standards—Demonstrate professional demeanor and
behavior. Perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with faculty, staff,
peers, clients, families, and healthcare workers regardless of race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability,
veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other status protected by
Tolerate physically taxing workloads and function
effectively under stress.
Maintain composure while continuing to function
appropriately and professionally in myriad situations.
Adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and
learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical
problems of many clients.
Demonstrate team playing, compassion, integrity, concern
for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation during the
Recognize emergencies and be able to take the appropriate
Accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by
Legal Standards—Submit to a criminal background check
and/or drug testing as required by policies of the college, clinical facility,
and/or regulatory agency. The student is responsible for any cost.