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Perform ECG & Basic Rhythm Recognition

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Course overview

This three-hour online ECG course is an opportunity to learn, or review and consolidate your knowledge, about conducting ECGs and knowing when to refer dangerous or potentially dangerous ECG rhythms to the appropriate staff. 

Course outline

You will review the basics of an ECG machine, patient preparation for an ECG, correct placement of ECG leads, dealing with potential complications with the taking of the ECG, and understanding the vectors used with an ECG and how they relate to the tracing. 

You will cover knowledge about how to analyse a normal sinus rhythm on the ECG tracing, and what ECG rhythms should immediately be escalated to the appropriate staff.

Please note: this course does not cover ECG interpretation or Basic and Advanced Life Support (ALS) training. However, it provides examples of the rhythms that require urgent attention and management. 

This course does not discuss the functioning of individual ECG machines. You must become familiar with the machine used in your work environment by reading the manufacturer's instruction manual. 

Course Content

Perform ECG and Basic Rhythm Recognition is an online ECG course consisting of self-directed learning. Utilising blended learning, students will be required to complete readings, study infographics and ECG rhythms and patterns, watch videos, and participate in formative assessments.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will have started or refreshed your learning on how to:

  • Prepare the ECG machine for use
  • Prepare the patient to obtain an ECG 
  • Attach the ECG electrodes correctly 
  • Perform an ECG tracing 
  • Understand how the 12-lead ECG is produced
  • Understand the wave forms for normal sinus rhythm 
  • Recognise ECG rhythms that require urgent medical attention. 
Entry Requirements
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner 
  • Certificate IV in Cardiac Technology or equivalent 
  • Enrolled Nurse 
  • General Practitioner 
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic
  • Registered Exercise Physiologist 
  • Registered Medical Officer 
  • Registered Nurse 
  • Others on application.

Online Learning and formative assessment completed via accessIQ. A formative assessment is used to conduct an in-process self-evaluation of your learning. You must attain 100% for each assessment block to proceed with the course.


Formative Assessment.

Value for Organisations

Monitoring the heart with an ECG provides a clinical picture that is important in determining a patients’ cardiovascular health and enables you, as their healthcare practitioner, to identify and diagnose conditions based on the rhythm interpretation. Perform ECG and see how your patient’s heart is functioning by learning about lead placement, challenges for good practice, and create an understanding of normal rhythm recognition, and when a patient should be escalated for further diagnostic examination.

What to expect

There is no associated workshop with this program. All learning is online via accessIQ. You will guide your on pace of learning in this online program.

What we expect

Students enrolled in Benchmarque Group courses should adhere to the following principles:

  • Display a commitment to learning and to achieving success
  • Be responsible and accountable for their own learning, behaviour and decisions
  • Actively participate in all workshop activities and learning experiences
  • Attend all scheduled sessions and be punctual at all times
  • Complete all online assessments and workplace practice activities
  • Work in harmony and respect the rights and opinions of staff and other students
  • Treat others as they themselves would like to be treated
  • Use acceptable language at all times.

Key Information

$95 inc GST
per student
Online Only
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3 hours study
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.

Suitable Professions

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
Registered Nurse
Enrolled Nurse
General Practitioner
Allied Health Worker

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who should do this course?

This course is open to any individuals working within primary or acute healthcare, where conducting and monitoring ECG rhythms would be beneficial.

Is there an assessment?

There are no associated formal assessments with this program. All learning is completed online with real time learning feedback provided via theory questions covering essential knowledge and skills. This style of feedback is known as a ‘formative assessment’, a self-marking process that provides immediate results and feedback. 

Can I attend this program in person?

No. This program is only available as online learning.

Do I learn how an ECG machine works?

This course does not discuss the functioning of individual ECG machines. You must become familiar with the machine used in your work environment by reading the manufacturer's instruction manual.