Advanced Skill Set Certificate

McDaniel-Brown, Hollie

Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Director of Respiratory Care
116M Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Fairmont
Program Purpose: 
  • Allowing students who are undecided, or who are pending acceptance into their chosen health career program, to acquire skills to obtain employment.
  • Allowing students who choose to pursue Medical Administrative Assistant and Phlebotomy Skill Sets to become well rounded practitioners, obtain higher level certifications, and open more potential job opportunities by completing the Electrocardiograph Technology Advanced Skill Set.
  • Completion of the Electrocardiograph Technology Advanced Skill Set may fulfill course requirements needed to complete the A.A.S. Health Sciences Degree.
  • Students enrolled in selective programs who choose not to continue in those programs will have completed both the academic and clinical education required to be eligible to sit for certification by exam as a Certified Electrocardiograph Technician within one semester.
  • Upon completion of the Advanced Skill Set in Electrocardiograph Technology students will be eligible to become nationally certified as Electrocardiograph Technicians.
  • Although state licensure is not required and most ECG Techs are on-the-job trained, the Electrocardiograph Technology Advanced Skill Set would allow for students to obtain college credit and additional credentials for resume building.
  • Testing for the national credentialing exam can be administered through the Testing Center at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) providing a convenient location for students to attain certification.
Electrocardiograph (ECG) Technicians are employed primarily in hospitals, clinics, and outpatient surgical centers. Credits earned through the ECG Technology Advanced Skill Set may be applied to the AAS Health Sciences program or another Associate degree program in the Pierpont C&TC School of Health careers.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), ECG Technicians are part of a growing field of Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians. Based on national wage and employment data from 2016, the average salary for Cardiovascular Technicians in West Virginia is $34,280. Minimum annual salary reported is $28,650.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also predicted that the decade 2014-2024 could see employment of all Cardiovascular Technicians and Technologists increase by 22% (
Program Specific Admission Requirements: 
Admissions standards must be met to be considered for entry into the ECG Technology Skills Set program, applicants must:
  • Meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technical College.
  • Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
In addition to a college application, a program application is also required. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis until all seats are filled. Students may complete either an online application or contact Student Services for paper application options.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Students entering clinical rotations may be required to obtain a current physical exam, immunizations, drug screen, and/or a background check as required by clinical affiliates.
  • A flagged criminal background​​ alert may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical placement.

ECG Application


Notice to Students: 

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded. This program is recognized as one of the Skill Set components needed to complete the AAS Health Sciences degree.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
14 CHs

EMMS 1109

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Workplace Safety

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology

HLCA 1101

Introduction to Health Careers Programs

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology

HLCA 1150

Electrocardiography Technology

HLCA 1151

Electrocardiograph Technology Lab

HLCA 1152

Electrocardiography Technology Practicum

HLCA 1189

Guided Experience I VAR
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