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Basics of ECG Rhythm Interpretation - December 20, 2021 LIVESTREAM CNE Course

December 20, 2021 to December 22, 2021

This livestream CNE course is designed as a beginner overview of ECG rhythm interpretation for cardiac monitoring. The course focuses on basic cardiac rhythm identification including some pathophysiology and treatment interventions. 12 lead ECG interpretation is not included. 

This course will be conducted as a live web stream with an expert instructor and includes hands on practice time interpreting ECG rhythms. Self-paced pre & post work is also included in this course.

Included in the registration fee is a set of digital calipers and the "Basic ECG Redbook" (a comprehensive workbook). These will be mailed to registered participants one week prior to the live course date. Please ensure the mailing address is updated in your learner profile.

Mayo Clinic learners-search for this course in the internal LMS system My Learning for registration. Course name is Basic ECG Interpretation, ID# A106011ECGI15.

Target Audience

This course is designed for registered nurses and other healthcare staff who perform cardiac monitoring in clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the normal conduction system and corresponding waveforms on an ECG strip
  • Demonstrate accurate measurements of heart rate, PR intervals, QRS width, ST segments and QT intervals
  • Identify basic principles of ECG lead placement and selection
  • Identify rhythms including sinus, atrial, junctional, ventricular, AV blocks, and paced rhythms along with characteristics, causes, clinical significance, and interventions for each
  • List clinical indications for temporary and permanent pacemaker therapies
  • Identify causes of artifact on an ECG tracing and discuss trouble shooting ECG monitoring equipment


Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 ANCC
  • 6.50 Attendance
Event starts: 
12/20/2021 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
12/22/2021 - 12:00pm
Day 1December 20, 20218:00am-12:00pm
US Central Standard Time
Day 2December 22, 20218:00am-12:00pm
US Central Standard Time
Pre-Work Before Day 1 

Review pages 2-5 in the "Basic ECG Redbook"

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
  • Cardiac Contractility
  • The Cardiac Cycle
  • Innervation

Complete the online module "Cardiac Conduction System".

Day 1 Class ContentIntroduction to ECG starting on page 6 of "Basic ECG Redbook"
Sinus Rhythms
Practice and Review of ECG Strips Worksheet #1
Atrial Rhythms
Junctional Rhythms
Day 1 Post-WorkComplete "Basic ECG Redbook" Worksheet #2
Review Causes and Intervention of Sinus, Atrial and Junctional rhythms in the "Basic ECG Redbook"
Pre-Work Before Day 2Complete ECG Practice worksheet
Day 2 Class ContentVentricular Rhythms
Bundle Branch Blocks
Atrioventricular Blocks
Paced Rhythms
Day 2 Post-WorkComplete "Basic ECG Redbook" Worksheet #3
Review Causes and Interventions of Ventricular, Bundle Branch Blocks, Atrioventricular Blocks and Paced rhythms in the "Basic ECG Redbook"
Review Module 9: Hints on Monitoring









This course will be presented via live web stream and self-paced learning.

Amanda Moscatelli, MA, RN
Nursing Education Specialist
Department of Nursing
Instructor in Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Course Director
Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nursing Education Specialist-Continuing Nursing Education Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Nursing
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 6.50 ANCC contact hours.
If learners are required to complete something additional besides the Level I evaluation to earn contact hours, add details here on a separate line.

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 6.50 ANCC
  • 6.50 Attendance


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Request for cancellations must be submitted in writing to

If the cancellation is made prior to the start of the activity, a refund less an administration fee of $25 will be issued. If the cancellation is made after the start of the activity, no refund will be issued. All refunds will be made using the same method as the original payment.

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Required Hardware/software

A webcam and microphone is required for optimal attendance and participation in this course.

The "Basics & ECG Redbook" along with the digital calipers that are being mailed to you are required during this course.