BI-452: EKG Technology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-452 EKG Technology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): offered as needed

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-341 or NU-102 This course may be an advised or free elective in Medical Office Assistant Certificate program or a free elective in any other program.

Course Description in college catalog:

This course provides the student with the basic knowledge and practical experience needed to perform an EKG. It includes training in electrocardiography, understanding EKG, and recognition of cardiac emergencies. Students must achieve a passing grade in both the lecture and laboratory components to pass the course. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Medical Assistant

Medical Office Assistant Certificate

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will identify and explain the anatomy and physiology of the heart

2. Students will Recognize and practice legal and ethical responsibilities as they relate to an EKG technician

3. Students will use and set up the cardiograph instrument properly

4. Students will Measure waves, segments, complexes, rates, and intervals and recognize and report abnormalities

5. Students will Recognize a cardiac emergency as seen on the EKG

6. Students will describe mechanisms by which cardiovascular drugs work and ifferentiate between normal and abnormal EKG changes due to drugs

Program-specific outcomes

1. Accurately use basic medical terminology and apply relevant human biological principles to patients’ needs

2. Execute medical office responsibilities and tasks within ethical and legal boundaries

3. Practice patient-centered and coordinated care.

4. Employ state-of-the-art software to complete administrative tasks, including patient medical records management, collections, and insurance processing

5. Perform the most commonly used clinical testing procedures, such as EKG and phlebotomy

6. This course will fulfill Medical Assistant Degree Program Outcomes 1 and 5


Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Course Requirements for Grades Percentage
3 Exams (20% x 3) 60%
Lab Skills 25%
1 Quiz 15%
Total Points 100%

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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