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eLearningLearn:® Rapid STEMI ID is a self-directed, online course that teaches healthcare professionals to use a 12-lead ECG, interpret electrocardiograms (ECGs) for signs of STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) and activate a system of care for rapid reperfusion of an occluded coronary artery.

This course supports the efforts of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® (opens new window, a national initiative to improve quality of care and outcomes in heart attack patients by improving healthcare systems’ readiness and response to STEMI patients.

This course is for healthcare professionals who want to improve their STEMI recognition and assessment skills or for healthcare professionals seeking continuing education credits.

  • Emphasizes immediate recognition and treatment of ACS STEMI
  • Defines ACS and distinguishes STEMI from ECG Mimics of STEMI
  • Includes self-assessments: Naming the Leads, Regions of the Heart, Measuring ST Deviation,
    Correlating Regional Changes
  • Contains dynamic ECG Scope to measure ST deviation
  • Includes the STEMI Practice Exam and STEMI Completion Exam

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Course Content

  • Key changes in science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Understanding STEMI Systems of Care and STEMI recognition
  • Basics of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and triage of STEMI patients
  • Acquiring high-quality, 12-lead ECGs
  • 12-lead findings that mimic STEMI
  • Coronary anatomy related to 12-lead ECGs
  • Indications for activating a Heart Alert System
  • Includes 12-lead ECGs practice test
  • Includes two-part AHA exam

Additional Information

Student Materials

90-1415 Learn: Rapid STEMI ID Course

eLearning (online lessons)

Completion of this course does not result in an AHA course completion card. However, a certificate of completion is available for the student to print upon successful completion of the course. Students may also apply for continuing education credits upon completion.

Frequently Asked Questions for Learn: Rapid STEMI ID (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:® Rapid STEMI ID Online Course
TERMINATION DATE:  March 31, 2018

The Learn:®: Rapid STEMI ID online course has been developed for healthcare providers who need training in emergency 12-lead ECG STEMI recognition skills.  This program supports the AHA Mission: Lifeline® initiative.  

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the STEMI chain of survival.
2. List immediate action steps to identify patients with symptoms of ACS and ECG findings of STEMI to reduce time to reperfusion.
3. Describe the anatomy of the heart.
4. Define ACS and Pathophysiology.
5. Identify symptoms that may be ischemic in etiology.
6. Distinguish the difference between ACS and MI.
7. Describe how to acquire a technically good 12 lead.
8. Differentiate a normal 12 lead ECG from a 12 lead with ischemic/injury changes.
9. Identify patterns of ECG abnormalities.
10. Identify patterns of ECG abnormalities that require rapid reperfusion and team activation.

Primary Audience:
• Physicians
• Physician Assistants
• Nurses
• EMTs/Paramedics

• ACCME/AMA (Physicians) – April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2018
• ANCC (Nurses) – April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2018
• CAPCE (EMS Practitioners) - April 1, 2015 – March 31, 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 3.50 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 has expired.

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 4.50 contact hours. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the American Heart Association or the American 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 has expired.

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 4.50 Advanced CEHs, activity number 15-AMHA-F3-0251.

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 Learn:®: Rapid STEMI ID:
I. Instructions for Independent Study
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete the lessons and pass the 2-part exam with a passing score of 85% for each section. 
(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. 

Disclosure Statement:
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), and 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:
John Field, MD
Colleen Halverson, RN, MS
Erik Soderberg, MS
Elizabeth Sinz, MD
Lana Gent, PhD
Jo Haag, RN, MSN

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.  

If your profession is not listed here, please contact your HR department or licensing board with any questions. The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and does not determine participants to receive credit or number of credits per course.