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 due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

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

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment’s "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.

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