Recommended for: any healthcare professional and medical personnel who may respond to cardiovascular emergencies, especially those who are planning on taking the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Classes.

Running Time: 6 Hours.


ACLS &PALS Prep Course


Need to get your ECG & Pharmacology certification fast? This course is recommended for any healthcare professional and medical personnel who may respond to cardiovascular emergencies, especially those who are planning on taking the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Classes. 

Heart attacks and other types of cardiac events are a leading cause of death and illness in the U.S. In many cases, timely response during cardiovascular emergencies can help prevent death and maintain the patient’s quality of life after the recovery process.

Heart Life CPR, a leader in CPR and basic first aid training classes, offers an ECG and Pharmacology class for those who want to learn these life-saving skills. Our ECG and pharmacology class teaches healthcare and medical personnel how to become key contributors in cardiovascular emergencies.

What You Learn


Designed as a prep class for Heart Life CPR’s ACLS and PALS training classes, this ECG and Pharmacology class is ideal for healthcare professionals and medical personnel who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency. It covers a wide variety of skills and techniques used to respond to heart and drug-related emergencies. It is recommended for students that are going to take ACLS and PALS for the first time or who feel a refresher would be helpful. Learning this information will give you more confidence while taking ACLS and PALS.

In addition to the basics of heart anatomy and electrophysiology, our ECG and Pharmacology class includes information on:

  • How to read a heart monitor and interpret the rhythms

  • ECG measurements and arrhythmias

  • 12-lead ECG placement and overview

  • How and when to use appropriate drugs during a cardiac event

  • ACLS drug basics including dosage, usage, and contraindications


Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course along with Continuing Education units from the Board of Nursing or EMS if they chose to.

Our course is designed for healthcare personnel who participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes professionals who work in emergency response and medicine, as well as doctors, nurses, paramedics and others who require specialized cardiovascular knowledge for their jobs.

What We Cover

The ECG and Pharmacology Class covers:

  • Heart anatomy and electrophysiology

  • How to read a heart monitor and interpret the rhythms

  • 12 Lead ECG placement and overview

  • ECG measurements and arrhythmias

  • What drugs are used during a cardiac event and how to use them

  • ACLS drug basics including dosage, usage, and contraindications


CE‘s available for EMS and Board of Nursing!


**This course is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for ACLS and PALS training.


In the first reported case of electronically recording a person’s heartbeat, Alexander Muirhead attached wires to a patient’s wrist at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. This was soon followed by the development of the first electrocardiograph machine, called a “capillary electrometer.” It worked by projecting a traced heartbeat to a photographic plate to record the heartbeat in real time. Further advancements followed, and over time ECGs have evolved from cumbersome laboratory devices to sophisticated electronic systems.

Pharmacology is the branch of medicine and biology that studies drug interactions with the human body. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages. However, it didn’t begin to develop as a full scientific discipline until the mid-19th century, when new high-potency drugs like morphine, quinine and digitalis were increasingly used in medical procedures. Today, pharmacologists harness the power of genetics, molecular biology, and other advanced tools to create new methods for preventative care, diagnostics, and personalized medicine. Whether natural or manmade, a substance that has medicinal properties is considered a pharmaceutical.


Electrocardiography, known as ECG or EKG, is the process of recording the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time using electrodes placed on a patient’s body. These electrodes detect the tiny electrical changes on the skin that arise from the heart muscle depolarizing during each heartbeat.

A diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart, an ECG is a relatively simple test to perform. However, interpreting ECG tracing requires skills and training, which is the primary benefit of an ECG and pharmacology class.


ECG and pharmacology training provides many benefits, including:

  • Superior Lessons: Students can enjoy an ECG and pharmacology course curriculum that blends hands-on and classroom lessons and build their life-saving skills in an engaging learning environment.

  • Excellent Preparation for an initial ACLS course: With ECG and pharmacology training, students will focus on learning how to read rhythms and specific medications that are used in ACLS. This will put them ahead of their peers during ACLS because they have learned and prepared these critical skills.

  • Expert Guidance: ECG and pharmacology classes are taught by professional instructors who work in the field and can respond to students’ concerns and queries at any time.

At Heart Life CPR, we understand the ins and outs of ECG and pharmacology topics and are happy to share our insights with students. That way, students can gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in any healthcare or medical environment.


At Heart Life CPR, we understand the challenges associated with various ECG and pharmacology topics. We also know that healthcare and medical personnel often require world-class training to thrive.

Heart Life CPR is proud to offer many ECG and pharmacology classes to help healthcare and medical professionals. Our classes are available at different times throughout the week, ensuring students won’t have to rework their day-to-day schedules to enroll in ECG and pharmacology training. Plus, our ECG and pharmacology classes are taught by paramedics and other healthcare and medical personnel, all of whom are happy to share their real world insights with students.

When it comes ECG and pharmacology training, there is no reason to settle for a subpar learning experience. Select Heart Life CPR, and students can benefit from extensive ECG and pharmacology lessons any time they choose.

To sign up for an ECG and pharmacology class, please contact us today at (860) 222 7002.


In Person: Delivered in a traditional classroom setting conveniently located at our office in Downtown Norwich, CT. Our in-person ECG & Pharacology courses combine lecture with hands-on skills sessions. The course culminates with testing, which allows participants to receive a two-year certification.

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