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ECG Interpretation


ALH 5251 - 3 credit hours


Class Description
The purpose of this class is to provide students with the basic principles of electrocardiography and ECG interpretation.  It gives students a functional knowledge of the principals of ECG interpretation, to include localization of myocardial infarctions.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to interpret ECG tracings, this class is for you. 

This course will use material produced by Slade Griffiths, who has taught ECG interpretation for over twenty-five years.  Literally hundreds have been successfully taught using this tested method of instruction.


Location of Class

This class will primarily be taught in the online format with some offerings at one or more of the many Cowley locations. Instructors will have both an academic and clinical knowledge of pharmacology.

Online Learning

Many think, simply because a class is offered online, that it will be easier and will not require much work. This thought is somewhat inaccurate and we want all to know about the online learning environment. This challenging class will have reading assignments from a standard textbook. Students are then expected to enter the online class environment (at least five times each week) to actively participate in instructor-guided discussion, complete homework, quizzes, short papers, and examinations. This format provides an opportunity for discussion, instructor clarification of the reading (as needed) and a Socratic dialogue between all in the course.

There is no requirement for students to meet at the college if it is taught online. If you are a dedicated and self-motivated student, this online format could be for you. If you tend to procrastinate, you may want to rethink taking this online class. This is not an easy course -- expect to spend 10-15 hours each week learning ECG interpretation.



This class will be offered at least once a semester.

Entrance into Class

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Healthcare Education Statement

The dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class. At the present time, this policy will not affect students who take this class because they do not participate in clinicals at a hospital. For more information on background checks, click here.

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