The American Heart Association’s ECG & Pharmacology course is a methodical review of basic ECG interpretation & resuscitation pharmacology. The course is intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed professionals that work in the field of healthcare and are responsible for participation in cardiac evaluation and/or resuscitation.


Common participants of this course include physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, dentists, residents and fellows, medical students, and others who will work in an acute care, surgical, or hospital settings.


This course is commonly taken as a review of material prior to enrolling in ACLS or PALS training for those healthcare providers who do not participate in resuscitation or ECG interpretation on a regular basis.


This course includes the following:

  • Cardiac Anatomy
  • Electrical Conduction System of the Heart
  • Lead Placement & Basic Rhythm Analysis
  • Rhythm Strip Interpretation Practice
  • Pharmacology and Indications for Cardiac and Resuscitation Medications
  • Integration of Pharmacological Agents into ACLS Algorithms
  • Resuscitation Treatment Algorithms (BLS & ACLS)


Approximate Length: 7.5 Hours

Required student materials: ECG & Pharmacology Student Manual


Participants receive a course completion certificate after completion of the course. There is no written or skills examination at the completion of the course.