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Telemetry Monitor Course and Class Descriptions

Telemetry monitor classes prepare students with the know-how and experience to operate EKG machines and other medical monitoring devices. Through these courses, students will learn how to read electrocardiogram (EKG) machines and identify normal and abnormal rhythms.

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Essential Information

Telemetry monitor courses are found in certificate and associate's degree programs in telemetry monitor technology, electrocardiogram technology and nursing. Students will gain experience in listening to regular and irregular heartbeats and operating the medical monitoring devices currently used in identifying and treating cardiac disease.

Here are some common concepts taught in telemetry monitor courses:

  • Heart anatomy
  • Electrophysiology
  • Effects and treatments
  • ECGs
  • Heart rhythm variations
  • Monitor screens

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List of Telemetry Monitor Classes

Introductory EKG Interpretation Course

Students in this course become familiar with the natural rhythm of the heartbeat, so they can detect abnormal patterns in test subjects. Coursework familiarizes students with normal, lethal and non-lethal EKG patterns. Students listen to and study rhythms though the use of taped records, videos and simulated monitors. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify irregular heartbeats and diagnose a variety of cardiovascular problems.

Basic Arrhythmia Clinic Course

This is a practical, intermediate-level course designed to help students become familiar with the ins and outs of the job. Students taking this class spend time in a local hospital or clinic working under the supervision of a licensed technician, doctor or nurse. Students will learn to demonstrate familiarity with regular EKG rhythms and identify any abnormal patterns. Often, this course involves checking on multiple patients regularly, recording their vital signs and following hospital protocol if an abnormal pattern occurs.

Monitor Surveillance Course

In this course, students become familiar with a wide range of cardiac problems and the healthcare needs of patients suffering from them. They gain practical experience interpreting EKG rhythms and reporting abnormal rhythms to the doctor or nurse in charge. Additionally, students will learn about a variety of cardiac diseases, how the heart works, and specific rhythms and patterns to bear in mind.

Telemetry Monitor Course

Through this class, students gain experience interacting with patients suffering from cardiac illnesses. They practice admitting patients and monitoring their progress. In some programs, students study ways to provide advanced cardiac life support so they can aid doctors or nurses in critical situations. Students study the anatomy of the heart and the methods used to identify heart problems. Other course topics include comforting patients and preparing a patient's skin for the electrode, which will monitor his or her EKG rhythms.

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