The AHA’s ECG & Pharmacology Course has been updated to reflect the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. This classroom-based, Facilitator-led course is designed to improve electrocardiogram (ECG) recognition skills and pharmacology knowledge for treating cardiovascular emergencies.

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.

Features:
  • Only course available to focus on this critical knowledge
  • Flexible instructional format with two units – ECG and Pharmacology –  that be taught together or separately
  • Fifty-page Student Workbook with colorful illustrations to be used before, during and after the course
  • Open to any Instructor to teach with no requirement to be affiliated with an American Heart Association Training Center
  • Instructor CD with instructor notes, lesson maps and administrative documents

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Course Content

  • Basic electrophysiology
  • Normal ECG measurements
  • Basic arrhythmias
  • Administration of appropriate drugs within the ACLS algorithms

Additional Information

Facilitator Materials

90-1068 ECG & Pharmacology Instructor CD

To access additional materials needed for facilitating this course, you must register as an ECG & Pharmacology Facilitator with the AHA Instructor Network (opens new window).

Student Materials

90-1069 ECG & Pharmacology Student Workbook

ECG & Pharmacology is a classroom-based, Facilitator-led course that includes two modules: ECG and Pharmacology, which may be offered together or separately.

ECG takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete; Pharmacology takes about 2.75 hours to complete. When combined, the estimated course length is 6.25 hours.

Changes: January 2014
ECG & Pharmacology Instructor CD Changes (PDF)
[ISBN 978-1-61669-249-0, AHA Product Number 90-1068]

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

ECG & Pharmacology Course, ECC Training Centers:

DESCRIPTION:
The ECG & Pharmacology Course is a classroom-based, facilitator-led course designed to improve electrocardiogram (ECG) recognition skills and pharmacology knowledge for treating cardiovascular emergencies.   This course is for healthcare professionals who participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and others who require this specialized knowledge for their job.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain heart anatomy and basic electrophysiology. 
  2. Explain normal ECG measurements. 
  3. Recognize basic arrhythmias.
  4. List basic ACLS drugs. 
  5. Describe drugs, doses, and routes of administration during cardiovascular emergencies.

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience: 

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • EMTs/Paramedics/Advanced EMTs
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • ECG Techs

ACCREDITATION TERMS:

  • CAPCE (EMS Practitioners) – December 14, 2014 – December 13, 2017

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), for 6.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 14-AMHA-F2-0242.

By claiming CAPCE** credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart Association, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation, will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records maybe be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of attending.

Disclosures for ECG & Pharmacology Course:
I. Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete the online course, including checks on learning quizzes.
(2) Complete the post-course written test with a score of 84% or higher.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.

II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity. 

Disclosure Statement:
As a sponsor accredited by the CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education), the American Heart Association must ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or joint sponsored educational activities.

Therefore, all faculty and authors participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience: (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in the activity, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in the activity.  The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from contributing but rather to provide participants with information with which they can make their own judgments.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the author’s interests or relationships may influence the content.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) or affiliations: 
Louis Gonzales, NREMT-P
Laurie Morrison, MD, MSc
Mark Link, MD
Judith Ruple, PhD, RN, NREMT-P
Roger White, MD
Terry Vanden Hoek, MD
Michael Shuster, MD
John Field, MD
Anthony Busti, PharmD
Erik Soderberg, MS
Jo Haag, RN, MS
Brian Eigel, PhD

Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:
None

Students with Special Needs:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations.  Training Centers must determine accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws.  AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. 

Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair-bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions.

Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual

Frequently Asked Questions for ECG & Pharmacology (PDF)

Q: Does the AHA determine the cost for all training courses and the accompanying course materials?

A: Costs for courses and materials are determined by Training Centers or Instructors and may vary. The AHA does not regulate price; however, provides its authorized distributors suggested retail pricing on course materials.