ECG Instructor Exams: Basic, 12-Lead, and Advanced Levels
What the ABCM is offering ECG Instructors:
The function of the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine's (ABCM) Board Certification Exam for ECG Instructors is to enhance the quality of healthcare delivery by maintaining high Educational Standards for Certifying ECG Instructors, who are responsible for the Education of their Cardiac Nursing and Technical staff in a host of Cardiovascular Arenas.
The goal of the ABCM is to initiate a National Standard of Education that will ensure all ECG Instructors are created equally. Through our National testing of these professionals, we have found regional areas of deficiency among Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, ECG Technicians and Cardiac Monitor Technicians. By initiating a process of Board Certifying the Instructors, we can ensure that they will all have demonstrated that they have the same knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective ECG interpretation skills at the level they are teaching cardiac professionals, be it beginners or advanced ECG students.
ECG Instructor's Clinic Course: Register for the Course at this Link
This course will also be posted online in about two months. To accomplish the goal of Board Certifying our Nations ECG Instructor's, the ABCM is hosting an ECG Instructor's Clinic Course for ECG Instructor's only. At the ECG Instructor Course, ECG Instructors will receive a working copy of the ABCM's Standards of Practice for three levels of teaching: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. We then encourage them to go back and work with the ABCM to start ECG Fellowship Programs and Certifications in their respective institutions. We offer Institutional prices for Hospitals to put their staff through our ECG Fellowship Programs to assure that everyone is taught the same criteria.
The ECG Instructor's Clinic Course will be very interactive utilizing the I-Clicker response system so that each Educator will know how well they are identifying the ECGs presented to the group. We have an expert faculty consisting of four Educators who will present this Course. The ECG Instructors will have the opportunity to sit for the National ECG Board Certification Examinations at the conclusion of the program, should this be a goal they wish to achieve. Visit Conferences in the header column above and click on either 12-Lead, Cardiac Nurses, or Cardiac Nurse Practitioners and you will find this ECG Instructor's Clinic Course brochure and online registration.
About the ECG Instructor's Exams:
There are three Levels of this Exam and ECG Instructors may sit for any level if they can demonstrate in their application that they have been teaching electrocardiography at the level of the exam they are applying for. These exams are not for beginners, they are for currently active ECG Educators and may be Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, or Technicians.
Frequently Asked Questions About the ECG Instructors Board Certification Examination:
Is there an oral or clinical component of the examination?
No. The ECG Instructor's Board Certification Examinations consist of a combination of multiple-choice, or true false questions. The ABCM determined that it would be logistically difficult to schedule oral or clinical examinations.
How is the Passing Grade for the ECG Instructor's Examination determined?
The ABCM Board members discuss the minimal acceptable knowledge base for a candidate to be competent in each area of electrocardiography. These judgments are combined to derive a minimum overall passing score of 80%. The standard for passing is maintained constant between examinations by comparing the scores from similar questions in current and previous examinations. Raw scores are given in each area of testing to provide the examinees with our assessment of their areas of strength and weakness.
Does the ABCM Provide or Endorse Any Courses or Textbooks for Exam Candidates?
The ABCM does not endorse any specific ECG reference book, but can make recommendations as to what books are adequate and which are not.
We have personally purchased most in the marketplace and reviewed them for accuracy. And, many online ECG courses are very substandard, so buyer beware and do not hesitate to ask for recommendations before you purchase a book in electrocardiography.
What is the Question Format Used on the ECG Instructor's Boards?
The question format is single best answer or multiple answers depending on what diagnoses are present in any given ECG. Some will contain only one diagnoses, while others will have multiple diagnoses.
How Are ECG Instructor's Board Questions Designed?
The ABCM maintains a large bank of ECGs for all levels of practice and continues to add new illustrations and questions regularly. The Board Certified ECG Instructor's are invited to submit questions to the data bank. Submitted questions are reviewed by the ABCM for scientific accuracy, clarity of meaning, and clinical importance. Submitted questions will be provided to our panel of ECG Education Experts for approval, before they are included in the Examinations.
What is the process for ECG Instructor's Recertification?
The requirements for Recertification are:
1. Professionals such as MD, NP, PA, and RNs must maintain valid unrestricted licenses to practice their profession
2. Paraprofessionals such as Cardiac Monitor Technicians, 12-Lead ECG Technicians, and Paramedic/EMTs must maintain their study and teaching of topics in their respective level of certification, be it Basic, 12-Lead, Emergency, or Advanced teaching
3. A letter from employers verifying continued practice and education is essential
4. 30 CE credit hours obtained over three years in Electrocardiography or related topics
5. re-certification application submitted
6. payment of the re-certification fee of $125 every three years
If a Board Certified Instructor allows the Certification to Lapse, they no longer be sanctioned by the ABCM as a Certified ECG Instructor and my not use the distinction for any reason, be it professional or personal.