12-Lead Interpretation Course for EMS

Are you willing to put your patient’s life in the hands of a wireless network connection? A paramedic should have the skills to interpret the 12 Lead ECG. It is not uncommon for the transmission of an ECG to fail and the medic who is not trained in interpretation must rely on the efficacy of machine interpretation (not a great option) or to wait until arrival at the hospital for the Emergency Department physician to make the diagnosis. Our online 12 Lead Interpretation Course can remove the mystery of the 12 Lead ECG and make it possible for the paramedic to quickly and efficiently recognize potentially life threatening issues such as acute myocardial infarction or myocardial ischemia.

The treatment of myocardial infarction can differ substantially depending upon what part of the heart muscle is involved. EMS can tailor their treatment regimen better to the patient’s needs if the medic is capable of interpreting the ECG.

Our online course will emphasis the information needed from an ECG to improve the treatment of the patient in the prehospital setting. Recognition of infarction and localization of infarction will be emphasized. The information is presented in a simple, straightforward method that does not introduce information that is of no value in the prehospital setting. It is written as a fast, concise course. Following completion of our course, the paramedic will be able to recognize the ECG changes consistent with myocardial infarction, diagnose the location of infarction and recognize left and right bundle branch blocks. Allow us to remove the mystery from the prehospital 12 Lead ECG.

Students who take this course in conjunction with our Arrhythmia Interpretation course would be prepared to sit for the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) examination. Contact for questions.

Course format

This course is offered in in-person group format and online format. All our instructors are registered paramedics.

Course overview

Our course front matter includes the syllabus, complete accreditation statements and statements from all instructors and contributors.


This course is accredited for up to 8 hours of continuing medical education hours by AMA — American Medical Association and ANCC — American Nurses Credentialing Center. See full accreditation statements from these organizations in the course front matter above. See our accreditation letters and sample certificates on our accreditations page.

Scientific basis

This course is written based on scientific evidence. Our main works cited for this course are:

  • Burke AP, Virmani R. Pathophysiology of acute myocardial infarction. Med Clin North Am. 2007;91:553-572.
  • Freifeld AG, Schuster EH, Bulkley BH. Nontransmural versus transmural myocardial infarction. A morphologic study. Am J Med. 1983;75:423-432.
  • Bayés de Luna A, Wagner G, Birnbaum Y, et al. A new terminology for left ventricular walls and location of myocardial infarcts that present Q wave based on the standard of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging: a statement for healthc re professionals from a committee appointed by the International Society for Holter and invasive Electrocardiography. Circulation. 2006;114:1755-1760.

Additional review information

Additional information is available for organizations that are reviewing our course, just ask us.

  • Complete printout of study materials
  • Complete testing instruments with answer keys -- This is only available to accreditation organizations and government regulators that review our course.
  • Complimentary online course access
  • Resumes, CVs and all credentialing information for our instructors

Completion eCard

Sample of our course completion eCard (click to enlarge):
Sample certificate monitor tech 12 lead ECG.

Please verify the authenticity of our certificates by emailing us with the name and expiration date of the student.

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Contact us by email at or by phone daily from 8am–2pm Eastern Time at 1-484-464-2883 to schedule an in-person training for your group (minimum of 10 people). Or see our online sales page.