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Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologist Certification

Cardiac Ep TechnologistBecome a Certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist (EP) Technologist

The need for trained diagnostic professionals is growing at a fast rate. Electrophysiology technologists and former graduates of accredited cardiovascular technologist programs who are interested in becoming more competitive in the workforce can now prepare for the Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) exam at Howard Community College.

Cardiac Electrophysiology Technologist Training at HCC

This introductory course in cardiac electrophysiology (EP) is designed to introduce the learner to electrophysiology principles, equipment, and diagnostic/therapeutic procedures performed in the clinical setting. This course is offered in partnership with HCC’s credit Health Sciences Division. 

To earn a Certificate of Completion, you must complete the online classwork hours (one semester). 

Cardiac EP Certificate Coursework

The Cardiac EP Program’s course offerings are structured as a one day a week online course using Zoom.

Course Format

This is an online, asynchronous program, with a weekly synchronous component that is offered throughout the year at varying days and times to accommodate work scheduling and geographic locations, but will typically run in evenings for 15 weeks. Prior to each class’ synchronous component, asynchronous material such as readings, homework, and or lab assignments are given for students to complete.

For more information on the current class schedule, please send an information request using the Request Information form and indicate you need the upcoming class schedule for Cardiac EP.

  • Introduction to Cardiac Electrophysiology

    This introductory course in cardiac electrophysiology (EP) is designed to introduce the learner to electrophysiology principles, equipment, and diagnostic/therapeutic procedures performed in the clinical setting.

    Course Objectives

    At the end of this course, students will be able to:


    • Catheters and equipment used during various EP procedures.


    • Arrhythmia management options.
    • All phases of the action potential.
    • Cardiac pharmacology and drugs used in the Electrophysiology (EP) lab.
    • The indications for an EP procedure, pacing protocols, and accurately perform baseline measurements.
    • The reentry mechanism, pacing protocols, ablation procedures, and interpret intracardiac electrograms for:
      • Atrial tachycardia, flutter, and fibrillation.
      • Atrioventricular Node Reentry Tachardia (AVNRT)
      • Atrioventricular Reentry Tachycardia (AVRT)
      • VT/PVC


    • How to Interpret surface ECGs
    • The correlation between intracardiac electrograms and surface EKGs.
  • How to Apply

    Technology Requirements

    The following technology is required for this program:

    • Computer or laptop with a sound card and preferably a built-in or standalone microphone.
    • Headset or speakers
    • High-speed internet access
    • Active email address
    • Internet Browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari)
    • Microsoft Office

    Application Requirements

    To be eligible for the healthcare certificate program the following criteria must be met:

    Be one or multiple of the following:

    • An HCC Cardiovascular Technology Program (CVT) student
    • A current RCIS credential holder
    • A graduate from a CAHEEP accredited program with cardiovascular experience.
    • Currently working in the Electrophysiology field.

    *Current working experience includes all who support the EP lab or practice by specializing in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; including, but not limited to, ablation therapy and device implantation.

    Click here to submit an application.



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