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Advanced ECG Course


Take your ECG skills to the

next level ...

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification

  • OCN Accredited - Level 4 (FDSc level)

  • CPD Accredited - The CPD Certification Service

  • Interpret abnormal ECG traces

  • Learn and understand ECG traces associated with specific diseases

  • Appreciate ECG interpretation as part of the patient's clinical history and physical examination

  • Cardiovascular disease and ECG interpretation

  • Requires completion of Introduction to ECG Course (or other provider's course) or prior experience in this field

  • Basic understanding of English language required



Final interpretation of all ECG recordings is the responsibility of a medical professional.

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About this course

This course covers advanced topics relating

to the interpretation of an ECG trace and subsequent patient management and treatment options.

Our advanced ECG course complements our Introduction to ECG course and naturally follows on from your introductory theory and practical training.

Complete this course online in your own time (you can stop and start the online modules at your own pace). We guide you through reading the subtleties of ECG traces, helping you to develop a methodology for identifying a wide range of heart conditions.


Upon completion, you will have covered ten important advanced topics applicable to anyone keen to interpret more complex ECG traces.


This course is also accompanied by a range of support material as well as a guided exercise workbook and useful support material.

Open College Network (OCN) Accredited

at Level 4 (Foundation Degree - FDSc)

Equivalent to Level 6 (Ireland)

CPD Accredited (The CPD Accreditation Service)

Adheres to current medical guidelines -

Skills for Health & WHO compliant

Learning Outcomes

Understand the acceptable variations within the normal ECG of healthy adults.

Recognise the expected patterns of an ECG from a healthy child from birth onwards and identify abnormalities.

Interpret abnormal ECG patterns in adults.

Diagnose arrhythmias as an underlying cause of palpitations and syncope. Exploring sinus rhythm, extrasystoles, paroxysmal tachycardia and the importance of a physical examination.

Identifying syncopal episodes attributable to cardiovascular disease as opposed to arrhythmias.

Recognise ECG markers for tachycardias, bradycardias, pre-excitation syndromes, bi-fascicular block, and first-degree block with bundle branch block.

Differentiate between supraventricular and ventricular extrasystoles and be able to diagnose broad complex tachycardias, ventricular flutter and fibrillation, sick sinus syndrome, and Stokes-Adams attacks.

Recognise and identify symptoms associated with the causes of acute or chronic chest pain in patients who present with myocardial infarction (heart attack), pulmonary embolism, significant central pulmonary embolism, pericarditis, aortic dissection, oesophageal rupture, spinal disorders, vertebral collapse, posterior infarction, and angina.

Recognise symptoms indicative of conditions such as pulmonary oedema, chest diseases, and pulmonary congestion.

After the course

Appreciate normal and abnormal ECG variations in the context of varying pathologies.

Be able to determine whether an arrhythmia has an underlying cause that requires medical intervention.

Interpret ECGs as a function of the patient's ongoing cardiac management.

Understand and apply the Burce Protocol exercise test in relevant clinical situations.

Know how to clinically respond to a patient with chest pain including further investigations required, pain relief, history and examination and echocardiogram.

Understand and apply the fundamental principles of arrhythmia management.

Understand the primary causes of heart disease and the diagnostic process.

Appreciate the importance of the ECG as a diagnostic tool alongside the patient’s history and clinical presentation and recognising its limitations.

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