HLTH 1141

Introduction to Electrocardiography

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced

Recommended Requisites

HLTH 1981


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

Course Duration

30 weeks

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.

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.


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%