Monitor Surveillance

About the Course

This 14-week course teaches you how to monitor the heart rhythms of hospitalized patients using electrocardiograms.

Monitor Surveillance Course

Monitor Surveillance Technicians observe patient telemetry monitors and interpret basic cardiac rhythms. Then they report their findings to the nurse and/or physician. It’s a perfect career for someone who enjoys being a step removed from the action and observing audiovisual displays rather than providing direct patient care.

As a Monitor Surveillance Technician, you’ll be responsible for observing electrocardiographic (EKG) information for multiple clients with diverse backgrounds, ages, and cardiovascular healthcare needs. This is a critical position in Sentara Healthcare.

Your Educational Experience

As a student, you’ll learn in classrooms, skills labs, clinical settings, and online, thanks to the College’s emphasis on hybrid learning. You’ll learn material when it’s convenient for you, then come together in class to discuss what you’ve learned; or in skills labs, where you’ll apply that knowledge in a safe environment that can simulate nearly any medical condition you might encounter. You’ll gain 234 hours of hands-on experience along the way. So you’ll graduate uniquely prepared for one of the most challenging and rewarding careers anywhere. This approach to education is what makes Sentara College of Health Sciences one of the top healthcare schools in the region, and will set you apart from all others.

Class time is Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Clinical time is completed in the final six weeks of the Course. Twenty-four hours of clinical time are required per week, with various shifts available to choose from. Peninsula students may have clinical opportunities on the Peninsula upon request.

With 84 lecture hours, 90 skills lab hours, and 144 clinical hours, you will be well prepared to be a competent, caring, self-directed member of the healthcare team.

Monitor Surveillance at a Glance

    • 14-week Course
    • Classes are held in the daytime, part-time for the first 14 weeks
    • Daytime, evening, or overnight clinical hours are possible during the final 6 weeks
    • The Course is offered twice per year in January and August
    • 234 hours of hands-on experience in skills labs and clinicals
    • High school diploma or GED required to apply
    • Must be 18 years old by the first day of class
    • Now accepting applications for January 2018
    • Placement assistance within Sentara Healthcare is available
    • Tuition, fees, and expenses

 

Career Opportunities in Monitor Surveillance

As a Monitor Surveillance Technician, you will have the opportunity to work in hospital and emergency room environments. Graduates of the course receive a certificate of completion in Monitor Surveillance, and will take the Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) exam offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). The fee is included in your tuition. This will ensure that you are a highly qualified candidate for the job and will help you begin a successful career.

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Accreditations & Certifications

Sentara College and the Monitor Surveillance Course are accredited and certified by:

Sentara College of Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Sentara College of Health Sciences is certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Find Out If You´re Eligible to Apply

Have you graduated High School or equivalent?

Graduation from high school is a requirement. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Are you a current US Citizen or Permanent Resident?

We are unable to accept non-citizens or permanent residents. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Will you be 18 years of age by the first day of classes?

You have to be 18 by the first day of classes. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Yes, you can apply!

Thank you. You have met the minimum qualifications to apply. After your application and materials are submitted, you will be contacted by our Admissions Advisor to set up a one on one appointment to discuss your next steps!

 

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