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HLTH 1141: Introduction to Electrocardiography

This course is designed specifically for health care practitioners interested in gaining the knowledge required to perform 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs). Information on the anatomy and physiology of the heart, lead theory, ECG equipment, troubleshooting, and dealing with a variety of patient situations are also reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the 12-lead ECG, recognition of arrhythmias that require immediate response, and the properties that comprise an accurate ECG tracing.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the cardiovascular circulation system.
  • Explain the functions and controls of electrocardiography machines and equipment.
  • Identify the correct procedures in performing ECG tests.
  • Recognize arrhythmias that require immediate response.
  • Describe the process of evaluating ECG tracings and determining the presence of dysrhythmias.

Course topics

  • Module A: The Cardiovascular System
  • Module B: The Electrocardiograph
  • Module C: ECG Test Procedures
  • Module D: ECG Interpretation
  • Module E: Ambulatory Monitoring
  • Module F: Introduction to 12-Lead Interpretation

Required text and materials

Booth, K.A., & O’Brien, T.E. (2019). Electrocardiography for Health Care Professionals. (5 ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-260-09831-0

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet access.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory final examination.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care Program may be required to obtain a minimum of 60% overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm #1 20%
Midterm #2 20%
Midterm #3 20%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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