Prehospital Cardiology online short course

The prehospital cardiology short course is 100% online and run by a team of approved and accredited health professionals from AUT's paramedicine department.

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.

What you’ll study

Topics covered include:

  1. Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
    A three-part revision of anatomy and physiology, cardiac muscle and cardiac haemodynamics.
  2. 3 Lead ECG Interpretation module
    An 8-part module covering wave formation, rhythm recognition and the 5-step method of 3 lead ECG interpretation.
  3. 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.
  4. Acute Coronary Syndrome, STEMIs and STEMI mimics
    A 3-part, in-depth covering of these topics to increase your 12 lead ECG interpretation skills.
  5. Dysrhythmias
    This module looks at the pathology, consequences and long and short-term management of common brady and tachy dysrhythmias.
  6. 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.

How long this course will take

The course should take you approximately 16 weeks to complete, but we offer you the flexibility to take up to 6 months.

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. This course is designed for those new to ECG interpretation but also serves as a great refresher and extends into all aspects of cardiology.

This course is open to domestic and international students.

People that can do this course include:

  • Ambulance officers
  • Paramedics
  • Intensive care paramedics
  • Defence Force medics
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Medical students
  • Doctors
  • Midwives

Class Code Class Start Available Spaces

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 Prehospital Cardiology Course: Course Code PARA002

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
16 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

If you have any questions about this course, contact: