Graduate Certificate in Electrocardiograph (ECG) Interpretation

online course $2490.00 (per student inc gst)

Course Code 10447NAT

The ability to accurately and quickly interpret a 12 lead ECG is an essential skill for broad range of health professionals where ECG interpretation is required as part of a patients routine care. The Graduate Certificate is designed to enhance your professional scope of practice, broaden your current work place practice or creating possible opportunities to move into new areas of clinical practice.

Now delivered online via BenchmarqueIQ!

 We are pleased to announce, the Graduate Certificate in Electrocardiograph (ECG) Interpretation is now available to complete via our online assessment portal, BenchmarqueIQ.

Save and continue assessments, edit saved answers or even review work before submitting with BenchmarqueIQ. You can also keep up-to-date with real-time assessment progress, course notification and feedback from assessors through the state-of-the-art student console.

On registration, you will receive an email with a unique link to your assessment within BenchmarqueIQ. Clicking on this link will take you directly to the Login Screen.

Course Outline

Graduate Certificate in Electrocardiograph (ECG) Interpretation is essential learning for health care professionals working in areas where ECG interpretation is required as part of a patient’s routine and emergency care.

The post graduate qualification is designed to give the participant a high level of knowledge and skills in ECG interpretation and critical rhythm recognition.

The self directed Graduate Certificate in ECG Interpretation provides direct access to post graduate studies to a broad and diverse range of potential participants regardless of their geographic location or internet access.

The course takes students on a journey through understanding components of the ECG waveform, recognising and interpreting cardiac rhythms and interpreting a 12 lead ECG in a way that helps ensure you get the most out of the program. Throughout your study, our program manager will provide support and feedback on your work to also ensure that you completely understand the specific areas being studied.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the courses cost?

    The Graduate Certificate in ECG Interpretation costs $2490.00 per student.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?

    120 CPD Hours.

    For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 120 CPD Hours.

    For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

  • When can I start?

    The Graduate Certificate in ECG Interpretation is designed as 100% self directed. Once you have completed your registration and payment, you will be sent a complete set of course materials including all relevant learning materials, resources and assessment portfolio.

  • Why would I complete self directed courses?

    The current self directed model of delivery allows access to a broader range of students regardless of geographic location and allows people to complete the program at a pace that suits their current lifestyle and workplace balance. The underlying rationale recognises that students are better able to learn when they can control the flow of their experience, or when their learning is self-directed. 

  • Why should I complete a course in ECG interpretation?

    ECG’s are performed on a large number of patients in many clinical environments including - primary health clinics, doctor’s clinics, pathology labs, cardiac wards, general wards, preoperative screening and emergency department just to name a few. 

    Chances are you work in an area where you are taking an ECG or have monitored patients. if you complete the course you will be able to read the rhythm strip or ECG and identify if there are any abnormalities and ensure appropriate medical intervention can occur without delay.

  • Who will benefit from doing the course?

    Anyone working on an environment where ECG 's are taken and/or patients are monitored. Nurses working in cardiac wards with monitored patients, coronary care unit (CCU), intensive care unit (ICU), emergency nurses, practice nurses and ambulance officers.

  • Why is rhythm recognition and ECG interpretation so important in a hospital?

    In the hospital environment, there is a growing number of patients that present to the hospital with conditions that require an ECG and ongoing monitoring. In this environment, staff providing care for these patients need to have the skills to confidentially read the rhythm and act appropriately if the rhythm is abnormal or life threatening.

  • Why is ECG interpretation and rhythm recognition so important in a clinic?

    Early recognition of abnormal rhythms is vital in ensuring patients are transferred to tertiary care urgently when necessary. With this qualification you will be able to ensure this occurs.

  • What will I get out of it?

    You will have the skills to systematically and accurately interpret a rhythm strip and ECG.

  • What skills can I put into place immediately?

    When you get to the third module which goes through the steps for interpreting rhythm strips, you can start practicing going through the rhythms you see at work. As you continue to progress through the modules, you will increase your knowledge base and will become more competent at rhythm recognition. Module 9 will guide you through the steps of systematic ECG interpretation. Again as you complete the following modules, your knowledge will increase assisting you with the interpretation.

  • How long does the course take?

    The course will require a commitment of between 6 and 9 months to complete. 

  • Who do I talk to if I have a question?

    The Benchmarque Group have an allocated program manager for the Graduate Certificate in ECG Interpretation. At any time during your study you can email them directly at ecg@benchmarquegroup.com.au and receive an email reply or request a call back.

    Or if you prefer, you can call The Benchmarque Group on 1300 855 568, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and we can help you over the phone.

  • What do I receive at the completion of the program?

    At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a Graduate Certificate in ECG Interpretation.

    A nationally recognised statement of attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). 

  • How do you gain evidence of competency?

    In order to successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in ECG Interpretation, you will need to complete 4 assessments. These 4 assessments will be made available online via BenchmarqueIQ.

    • Assessment 1 covers modules 1, 2 and 3
    • Assessment 2 covers modules 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
    • Assessment 3 covers modules 9, 10 and 11
    • Assessment 4 covers all learning modules.

    It is critical that you undertake the assessments immediately following the relevant section and that you submit the assessment (online via BenchmarqueIQ) prior to proceeding.

    Each assessment contains fundamental learning and it is important that you have successfully demonstrated this knowledge prior to moving on to the next module.

Snapshot

Course Outline

Graduate Certificate in Electrocardiograph (ECG) Interpretation is essential learning for health care professionals working in areas where ECG interpretation is required as part of a patient’s routine and emergency care. The post graduate qualification is designed to give the participant a high level of knowledge and skills in ECG interpretation and critical rhythm recognition.

Learning Outcomes

The outcome for students is to gain the skills and knowledge to
accurately interpret an ECG in every day practice and take
appropriate action. Having these skills can lead to significant
improvements for client outcomes and safety. The course is
designed to enhance the student’s professional scope of
practice and broaden their current work place practice.
On completion of this learning package, students should have
the required skills and knowledge to:
• Accurately perform and record an ECG tracing
• Interpret components of the ECG waveform
• Recognise and interpret cardiac rhythm
• Interpret a 12 lead ECG
• Identify and assess acute coronary syndrome
• Identify and assess bundle branch blocks

Units of Competency

• ECGIWF801B Interpret components of the ECG waveform
• ECGRCR802B Recognise and interpret
cardiac rhythm
• ECGITL803B Interpret a 12 lead ECG
• ECGACS804B Identify and assess acute coronary syndrome core
• ECGBBB805B Identify and assess bundle branch blocks

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• A Registered Medical Officer
• Medical Student (3rd year or above)
• Ambulance Paramedic
• Certificate IV in Cardiac Technology or equivalent
• Certificate IV in Pathology or equivalent
• Registered Exercise Physiologist
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Estimated hours of study

520 hours of active learning

Assessment Requirements

To achieve competency in the course a result of 80% or higher is required. The assessment strategies for this course involves 12 online modules and includes Case studies, exercises on ECG interpretation and assessment questions.

What to expect

Distanced based online learning will involve the student:
· Undertaking self-paced theoretical study
· Undertake self paced practice interpretation activities
· Undertake self directed research relevant to specific areas of ECG Interpretation

What to bring

As this is a distance-based course, a computer is essential.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

Endorsements

The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)