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: 

Admission into the Electrocardiograph Technology Advanced Skill Set is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student
    1. First-time students should select "Adv Skill Set: ECG" as their educational goal on their application.
    2. Current students will need to complete a Change of Major form and select "Electrocardiograph Technology (Adv Skill Set)" as their requested major.      
  2. Have a high school and/or college GPA of 2.0 or better or passing score on High School Equivalency Exam.
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
Model Schedule