CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA TECHNICIAN
Certified Cardiac Arrhythmia Technician (CCAT)
Cardiac Arrhythmia Technician work in healthcare facilities and are individuals that specializes in monitoring EKGs. Their jobs include observing the cardiac monitor and reporting any abnormal changes to the nurse or physician or referring physician or assigned healthcare professional immediately via intercom or communication services provided. They must be attentive while on the job and must be able to clearly and accurately communicate the message.
Cardiac Arrhythmia Technician monitor patient’s heart rhythms using telemetry equipment and therefore must have knowledge of normal rhythm versus the various types of abnormal rhythms and should also be able to interpret and measure rhythm strips by rate and EKG intervals, records physiological measurements, identify cardiac arrhythmias, report any changes from the baseline, assist and perform application of EKGs. To measure the patient’s heart rhythm, the Cardiac Arrhythmia Technician use calipers on the graphic tape readouts.
Candidates registering for the exam must qualify in (at-least 1) of the GROUPS (A or B or C) as shown below. Training and experience may be completed within united states of america or outside united states of america.
Exam Test Plan
The exam content topic includes the following:
Anatomy and Physiology
EKG Rhythm Interpretation: Sinus Node, Atria, Atria-Junction Node, Ventricles, Heart Blocks, Axis Deviation, Axis Hypertrophy, STEMI, Pacemakers
AECA believes in continuing education more frequently so that the candidate can have a constant touch with knowledge, Candidate’s are required to attend the continuing education units / credits every year to renew their certification.