DEC. 7, 2016

cardiac-fb-finalJAMESTOWN, N.C.
— Guilford Technical Community College will begin offering a new health care course under the umbrella of the college’s Continuing Education division beginning January 2017.

The Cardiac Monitor Technician course will consist of 100 hours of training. The class will include fundamental information on anatomy and physiology of the heart and cardiovascular system, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical legal ethics, as well as communication with other health care team members and intensive ECG monitor strip interpretations. Students also will spend 28 hours participating in the clinical environment working with cardiac monitor technicians.  

Enrollment for the course will be capped at 10 students to create an intimate learning environment. Students will need to have their high school diploma or equivalent (GED).  Experience in the health care field is recommended but not required. The cost is $188 (does not include cost of books). Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate.  

Cardiac monitor technicians, also known as telemetry technicians, monitor multiple patients’ heart activity and interpret heart rhythms in a central monitoring center covering various acute care locations. They play a vital role in the lives of cardiac patients and are a critical member of the health care team.

Employment of cardiac monitor technicians is projected to increase by 22 percent 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technicians work in settings such as hospitals and diagnostic medical laboratories. Starting hourly wage is $11.  

The course will be held 6 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, as well as one Saturday, Jan. 9 to Feb. 16 on the GTCC Jamestown Campus. Students can register up until the day of the class. For more information, contact Amy Leonard at 336-334-4822, ext. 53062 or Students may register online at Type “cardiac” in the search field. You may also visit

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski