From the course, healthcare providers improve their skill in ECG rhythm recognition, which is a key skill required to successfully determine a patient’s condition, know which algorithm to apply, and provide better patient treatment.
This course features a combination of audio, animation, interactive activities, and self-assessment portions. The course is self-paced and is completed entirely online.
This course is designed for:
- Healthcare professionals and telemetry staff who need basic rhythm recognition skills
- Students preparing for ACLS, such as paramedics/EMTs, nurses, physicians, clinical pharmacists, and respiratory therapists
- Nurses, pharmacists, emergency medical services personnel and physicians seeking to earn continuing education credits
- Features a combination of audio, animation, interactive activities, and self-assessment portions
- Self-paced learning, accessible anytime
- Access to course for 12 months allows for ongoing refresher
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- Basic rhythm understanding
- Relationship between the ECG strip and heart impulses
- Common arrhythmias
- Identifying and distinguishing various arrhythmias
90-1421 Learn:® Rhythm Adult Course Key
eLearning (online lessons)
Students can access a downloadable Certificate of Completion.
Students complete online lessons and self-assessment for practice. Students conclude the course with a two-part online exam. No skills session is required.
Learn: Rhythm Adult Online Frequently Asked Questions (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.
Learn®: Rhythm Adult Online Course
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 2009
TERMINATION DATE: April 30, 2018
LAST REVIEW DATE: April 2015
Learn®: Rhythm Adult has been developed for the general healthcare provider who needs basic ECG rhythm recognition skills, in addition to ACLS students who do poorly on the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment or want to review basic rhythm recognition skills.
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Summarize basic anatomy of the heart.
2. Identify components of the cardiac cycle.
3. Identify correct electrode placement.
4. Calculate heart rates.
5. Recognize normal sinus mechanism.
6. Differentiate arrhythmia from NSR, Sinus Brady, Sinus Tachy.
7. Recognize premature beats: PAC, PJC, PVC.
8. Recognize core arrest arrhythmias.
9. Recognize core periarrest arrhythmias.
10. Describe and distinguish between the heart blocks.
• Physician Assistants
• ACCME/AMA (Physicians) – May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2018
• ANCC (Nurses) – May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2018
• ACPE (Pharmacists) - May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2018
• CECBEMS (EMS Practitioners) - May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2018
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities sponsored by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.
**ACCME 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.
Continuing Education Accreditation - Nurses
The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 2.75 contact hours. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the American Heart Association or theAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.
**ANCC 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.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Pharmacists
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Credit: 2.75 Contact Hour or 0.275 CEUs. Universal Program Number: 0256- 0000-15-752-H01-P
**ACPE credit must be claimed within 30 days of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after thirty days.
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 2.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 15-AMHA-F3-0258.
**CECBEMS 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 Learn®: Rhythm Adult:
I. Instructions for Independent Study
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete the program including the exam.
(2) Complete the Course Evaluation form.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.
II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity.
As a sponsor accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), 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 have declared financial interest(s) and / or affiliations:
Roger White, MD- travel expense reimbursement from Philips Medical Systems and Schiller Medical
II. The following faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) and or affiliations:
John Field, MD
Colleen Halverson, RN, MS
Erik Soderberg, MS
Elizabeth Sinz, MD
Lana Gent, PhD
Jose Ferrer, MD
Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:
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.