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
- 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.
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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.
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.