The prehospital cardiology short course is 100% online and run by a team of approved and accredited health professionals from AUT's Paramedicine department.
Who can do this course
Intensive care paramedics
Defence Force medics
Why is this course recommended for me
It has been designed with working health professionals in mind, so it has flexible learning options with the entire course offered online. This course is designed for those new to ECG interpretation but also serves as a great refresher and extends into all aspects of cardiology.
How long is the course
The course should take you approximately 16 weeks to complete, but we offer you the flexibility to take up to 6 months.
Short course overview
This course includes more than 20 multimedia presentations of up to 40 minutes each. Online worksheets and multi-choice quizzes provide formative assessment and will help embed your learning.
Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology A three part revision of anatomy and physiology, cardiac muscle and cardiac haemodynamics.
3 Lead ECG Interpretation module An 8 part module covering wave formation, rhythm recognition and the 5-step method of 3 lead ECG interpretation.
12 lead ECG Interpretation module An 8 part module covering the history, layout and advantages of the 12 lead ECG and a 6 step method of interpretation that includes recognition of bundle branch blocks, hypertrophy, cardiac axis and ischaemia, injury and infarct.
Acute Coronary Syndrome, STEMIs and STEMI mimics A 3-part, in-depth covering of these topics to increase your 12 lead ECG interpretation skills.
Dysrhythmias This module looks at the pathology, consequences and long and short-term management of common brady and tachy dysrhythmias.
Cardiac conditions An introduction to congenital abnormalities, heart failure, electrolyte imbalances and digoxin toxicity are included in this module. We also include a comprehensive course to help you learn heart sounds and recognise murmurs.
Classes start every fortnight with up to 6 months to complete at your own pace.