HLTH 1141
Introduction to Electrocardiography

3.0 Credits


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, will also be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the 12-lead ECG, recognition of arrhythmias that require immediate response and the properties that comprise an accurate ECG tracing.

Delivery Method



Recommended: HLTH 1981 Medical Terminology


After successfully completing this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the cardiovascular circulation system.
  • Explain the functions and controls of ECG 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.
  • Identify the different types and variations of ambulatory monitors.

Course Outline

  • 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Booth, K.A., & O'Brien, T.E. Electrocardiography for Health Care Professionals. 4th Edition . New York: McGraw Hill , 2016.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-07-802067-4

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Management System's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.


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 examination.

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

Midterm #1 20%
Midterm #2 20%
Midterm #3 20%
Final Exam * 40%