CCT (CCI) - Certified Cardiographic Technician

  • Cost: $175
  • Renews every 3 years

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About

The Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) certification is a professional credential for healthcare professionals specializing in cardiovascular technology, specifically in the areas of electrocardiography (EKG), Holter monitoring, and stress testing. This certification is offered by the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and is recognized in various healthcare settings. It demonstrates a technician’s proficiency in understanding and performing cardiographic procedures, patient care, and cardiovascular data interpretation.

Cost: $175

Course Format

Exam Format

The CCT examination assesses a candidate’s knowledge and skills in cardiographic techniques and cardiovascular technology.

Exam Length: 2 hours

Question Format: 130 multiple-choice questions (110 scored and 20 unscored) covering EKG interpretation, Holter monitoring, stress testing, and basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology

Passing Criteria: The CCT exam requires 650 points to pass on a 900-point scale.

Exam Registration and Testing

Candidates must:

  1. Meet the eligibility criteria set by CCI, which includes specific educational, clinical, or work experience requirements.

  2. Register for the exam through the CCI website and pay the examination fee.

  3. Schedule the exam at an authorized testing center.

  4. Adhere to the testing center’s regulations, including presenting valid identification.

  5. Complete the exam within the specified time.

  6. Await results, which are typically available a few weeks after the exam.

Certification

  1. Education and Experience: Complete relevant educational programs or gain experience in cardiographic technology.

  2. Application: Submit an application to CCI, including documentation of qualifications.

  3. Examination: Successfully pass the CCT examination.

  4. Certification Issuance: Obtain certification upon meeting all requirements and passing the exam.

Renewal

CCT certification requires renewal every 3 years. The renewal process typically involves:

  1. Completing continuing education credits related to cardiovascular technology.

  2. Submitting a renewal application and fee to CCI.

  3. Meeting any additional renewal requirements specified by CCI.

Continuing Education

Maintaining CCT certification involves engaging in ongoing education, focusing on advancements in cardiographic technology, patient care, and diagnostic techniques. This can be achieved through workshops, seminars, and relevant courses.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on CCT certification, including specific eligibility criteria, exam content, and renewal processes, candidates should refer directly to Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

Other Resources

Preparatory resources for the CCT exam include textbooks on electrocardiography and cardiovascular technology, online courses, and practice exams. Review courses and study guides specifically designed for the CCT exam are also available.

Related Certifications

Before pursuing CCT certification, candidates usually have experience or education in cardiovascular technology, medical assisting, or a related field. After obtaining CCT certification, technicians may seek additional certifications in advanced cardiovascular technologies or specialized areas of cardiology.

The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) also offers the following:

  • Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS)

  • Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT)

  • Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS)

  • Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES)

  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

  • Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS)

  • Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS)

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Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a CCI Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) online?

No you can't earn a CCI Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) online.

What organization offers the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)

The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) offers the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT).

What other certifications does the CCI offer besides the Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)?

The Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) also offers the following:

  • Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS)

  • Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT)

  • Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer (RCCS)

  • Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES)

  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

  • Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS)

  • Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS)

How long does it take to get my CCI Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) score?

You receive an unofficial score report when you finish the CCI Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) exam that provides your score and tells you if you passed or failed. It also has a breakdown of the questions you answered correctly in each content area. CCI sends official results in about 20 business days from the testing date.

What happens if I don’t pass the CCI Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) exam?

If you fail the CCI Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) exam, you must reapply and submit the required fees. As long as the previously submitted supporting documents are still valid, you don't need to resubmit them. There's a 45-day waiting period between the first testing date and when you can receive a second authorization to test, though you can submit your application before the end of the waiting period.