ECG & Pharmacology

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About the Course

Specifically designed to address a key knowledge gap in Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Pharmacology, the American Heart Association’s Adult ECG and Pharmacology Course is a program focused on specific ECG recognition skills and drug treatment knowledge. This is a pre-course option for ACLS students and other healthcare providers, and is also for ACLS students who need to improve after the ACLS pre-course self-assessment test.

ECG & Pharmacology is a classroom-based, Facilitator-led course that includes two modules: ECG and Pharmacology, which may be offered together or separately. Skills taught in the ECG module include heart anatomy, basic electrophysiology, normal ECG measurements and basic arrhythmias. The Pharmacology module covers basic ACLS drugs and usage; drugs, doses and routes of administration during cardiovascular emergencies; and integrating basic drug pharmacology into ACLS algorithms

Course Length:

3.5 hours for the ECG module, 2.75 hours for the Pharmacology module, and 6.25 hours for both modules.

Intended Audience:

This course is for healthcare professionals who participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and others who require this specialized knowledge for their job.

All Students receive the AHA ECG & Pharmacology Student Workbook designed for use by students before, during and after the course as a resource.

Certificate Type:

A certificate of completion is provided upon successful completion of this course; this course does not offer an AHA course completion card.

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services:

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 6.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 11-AMHA-F2-0139.