3 Lead ECG Interpretation online short course

This exciting short course has been designed with working health professionals in mind. The entire course is offered online and is run by our team of approved and accredited paramedicine and emergency management staff.

Course overview

This course includes 8 video presentations, no more than 20 minutes each, and covers topics like 3 Lead ECG acquisition, the 5-step method of 3 Lead ECG interpretation, sinus rhythms, atrial rhythms, junctional rhythms, heart blocks and ventricular rhythms.

What you'll study

The videos cover material usually taught in a 4-day classroom setting, and provide guidance to help you remain engaged. The presentation can be paused and restarted at any point to allow you to move through the material at your own pace.

Multi choice quizzes and worksheets help you quantify learning and encourage progression through the course.

Topics covered include:

  1. 3 Lead ECG Acquisition
    Identify components of the ECG.
  2. The 5-step method of 3 Lead ECG Interpretation
    Universal rules to guide rhythm analysis.
  3. The Sinus Rhythms
    Normal Sinus Rhythm, Sinus Tachycardia, and Sinus Bradycardia and Sinus Arrhythmia.
  4. The Atrial Rhythms
    Wandering Pacemaker, Atrial Tachycardia, Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter.
  5. The Junctional Rhythms
    Junctional Escape Rhythm, Accelerated Junctional Rhythm and Junctional Tachycardia.
  6. The Heart Blocks
    First Degree, Second Degree Type I and II and Third Degree Heart Block.
  7. The Ventricular Rhythms
    Ventricular Tachycardia, Ventricular Fibrillation and Idioventricular Rhythm.
  8. Review and Practice
    Review of key concepts with practice to reinforce understanding.

How long this course will take

The course should take you approximately 4 weeks to complete, but we offer you the flexibility to take up to 6 months to complete it.

Who this course is suitable for

This course has been designed with working health professionals in mind, so it has flexible learning options with the entire course offered online. It’s designed for those new to ECG interpretation but also serves as a great refresher.

This course is open to domestic and international students.

People who can do this course include:

  • Ambulance officers
  • Paramedics
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Defence Force medics
  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Health science students

After completing this course

Once you have finished this course, you’ll receive a completion certificate. This course is good grounding for many resuscitation programmes and contains the essential background information needed to progress to 12 Lead ECG interpretation.

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How to apply

  1. Click on the ‘Apply’ button next to the corresponding date you wish to enrol for (in the table on the ‘Classes’ tab)
  2. Complete the application online

When applying or enrolling, quote 3 Lead ECG Interpretation Course: Course Code PARA001.

If you have any questions

If you have any questions about this course or need help with applying, contact the Department of Paramedicine:

Your enrolment in this course will only be complete after you’ve paid your course fees. You can pay fees online, on any AUT campus or by fees invoice. If you haven’t paid your fees within two weeks and 10 days before your course starts, your enrolment will be cancelled. If your employer is paying your fees, please provide a purchase order, with your employer's contact and billing details before the course starts. AUT reserves the right to cancel courses that don’t have enough students. If this happens, you’ll be given at least 2 or 3 days’ notice and can transfer to another start date for this course.

Quick facts
Course code:
Start dates:
Once per month
Approx. 4 weeks

*The same fee applies to domestic and international students but international students must provide insurance. The fee includes the tuition fee, the student services levy, is in NZ dollars and includes GST.

Contact us

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