Amanda Friedman

Amanda Friedman completed the Certified EKG Technician Training Program at Harford in November and began her new job as an EKG Technician at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. People aren’t born knowing what they want to be when they grow up, but eventually we learn enough about ourselves to set goals and establish priorities. Then it’s just a matter of getting there.

Amanda Friedman, recent graduate of the EKG Technician Training Program at Harford Community College said, “I’ve always wanted to save people’s lives . . . Now that I’ve completed my training, I feel that I can.”

Amanda began her education in the Nursing & Allied Health Division at Harford Community College and earned 66 credits toward her Associate’s degree. She then decided to enroll in the Continuing Education & Training Nursing Assistant Program in fall of 2006 and soon became a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She also took the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam and earned certification as a Geriatric Nursing assistant (GNA).

But Amanda wanted more. She knew that the Continuing Education & Training Division offered ‘stackable credentials’ in the Healthcare field. “I wanted to broaden my knowledge and become certified as an EKG Technician,” she said. “Then I want to go further and earn more certifications.”

Amanda managed to achieve her goals while, at the same time, planning a wedding and starting a family. In the spring of 2010, Amanda began taking her prerequisite courses for the Continuing Education & Training EKG Technician Training Program. In November, 2013, Amanda completed an externship at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, graduated from the program, and was offered a part-time position as an EKG Technician in the UCMC Heart & Vascular Unit. On November 16, Amanda passed the National Healthcareer Association credentialing exam and is now nationally certified as an EKG Technician.

“Amanda was very prepared through her training at Harford Community College," said Tawanea Goodling, adjunct faculty in the EKG Technician Training Program. “I like the way HCC students can focus directly on the chosen field of Nursing Assistant and then move on to EKG.”

Read more about the EKG Technician Training Program at Harford Community College and National Certification as an EKG Technician through National Healthcareer Association.