HLTH 1141: Introduction to Electrocardiography

This course is designed specifically for health care practitioners interested in gaining the knowl-edge 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, recogni¬tion of arrhythmias that require immediate response, and the properties that comprise an accurate ECG tracing.


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 dysrhyth¬mias.

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

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* 40%


Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communica¬tion 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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