Electrocardiography (EKG) Awareness Training

Electrocardiography (EKG) Awareness Training

Course Overview

This EKG training awareness course is an overview of the EKG regulations and is generally taken by students/employees who have previously completed an EKG training or course.This EKG training awareness course is intended to keep medical assistants and other allied healthcare workers aware of EKG use and its function in a healthcare setting.

Course Accreditation

This course has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 2 clinical CEUs. Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the course content or the course provider.

Author Information

Medical Program Director
Dr. Brian Dickens is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) and subject matter expert in the medical assisting and allied health fields.

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Disclosure statement: Dr. Brian Dickens reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this educational activity or other business activity.

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Intended Audience

This EKG training awareness course is intended to keep medical assistants and other allied healthcare workers aware of EKG use and its function in a healthcare setting. It is developed for front-line healthcare personnel who work with EKGs in any area of allied healthcare. Examples of covered workers include those who work in or are:

  • Hospitals
  • Allied health schools
  • Students
  • Solo and group practices
  • Volunteers

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education EKG course, the student will be able to explain the importance of EKG as well as:

  • Identify the anatomy of the heart, including the position and location
  • Describe layers and chambers of the heart, and the location and function of cardiac valves
  • Discuss the conduction system of the heart
  • Describe the purpose of conducting an EKG
  • Explain the leads of an EKG and their association on the EKG grid
  • Discuss waves, intervals, segments, and complexes on an EKG
  • Identify artifacts

Course Outline

  • 1. Anatomy and layers of the heart
  • 2. Basic electrophysiology of the human heart
  • 3. Placement of electrodes for an electrocardiogram
  • 4. Fundamentals of electrocardiogram
  • 5. Artifacts
  • 6. Stress testing
  • 7. Arrhythmias
  • 8. Common Cardiovascular agents
  • 9. References
  • 10. Test


This is a summary of key elements of the electrocardiogram (EKG) and not a complete or comprehensive guide to EKG compliance. Medical comprehension should only be assessed by medical professionals regulated by EKG and are obligated to comply with all of its applicable requirements and should not rely on this program as a source of legal information or advice. Given the history of events and precautions pertaining to EKG, the medical assistant and other allied healthcare workers will be able to describe the importance of EKG in providing patient care as it relates to the evaluation of the heart through cardiac monitoring.
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