Basic Arrhythmia Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation (BACRI) Testing

Test Out Option

The Basic Arrhythmia Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation (BACRI) Test Out for VUH and Clinics is given to appropriate staff members during Clinical Orientation.

The BACRI Team manages the registration and testing within Clinical Orientation. Unit leadership does not need to register a staff member for the test out session during Clinical Orientation.

The BACRI Test Out Option is considered PASS or CLASS. A member of the BACRI team will notify unit leadership on the status of a new staff member upon completion of the test out session.

If an 85% or greater is scored on the test out, the staff member has completed the initial basic arrhythmia competency and does not need to attend the BACRI Course. 

If a staff member scores less than an 85%, they simply need to attend a BACRI Course and test within 30 days of completion of the course.  Registration for the BACRI course and follow up testing within the Learning Exchange is the responsibility of unit leadership. 

The test out option is still available for those staff members who are not registered to attend Clinical Orientation. Unit leadership can register the staff member for a testing session within the Learning Exchange. 

Testing Post Class

Registration for a testing session after the completion of the course is done within the Learning Exchange (LMS). Please see link and instructions below. 

Target Audience

Targeted for Vanderbilt University Hospital staff who work in areas where patients undergo cardiac monitoring as part of routine patient care. 

Policy CL 20-07.03 Basic Arrhythmia Competency

Staff not successful with the test-out attend the BA-CRI course and take the post-course exam within 30 days of attending the course.

Staff must have documentation of competency for arrhythmia recognition
before completion of their end-of-orientation evaluation (90 days for non-exempt or 180 days for exempt staff).

VUMC Staff
VUMC Staff
Non-VUMC Staff
Non-VUMC Staff
Prerequisite Review BACRI Course Manual .

The BACRI course and testing is not being offered to non VUMC staff at this time.
Additional helfpful information:
- LMS Self-Paced Review Modules (search for videos in the Learning Exchange by name):
  • Basic Arrhythmia Self-Paced Review 1: Reading an EKG*
  • Basic Arrhythmia Self-Paced Review 2: Sinus Dysrhythmias*
  • Basic Arrhythmia Self-Paced Review 3: Atrial and Junctional Dysrhythmias and Heart Block*
  • Basic Arrhythmia Self-Paced Review 4: Ventricular Dysrhythmias and Patient Care*
Location(s) Nursing Education and
Professional Development

3401 West End, Suite 790 - Room C
Accessible via Purple Shuttle Route

Dates and times listed in LMS*

Search by title:

Basic Arrhythmia - Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation Test

  • Allow 60 minutes for testing
  • Do not register for more than one session per day.
Contact Hour(s) No Contact Hours offered
Certification Email confirmation with minimum
score of 85%
Cost No cost 

Inclement Weather Policy

Nursing Education and Professional Development's Inclement Weather Policy applies. All notifications concerning class status in regard to inclement weather will be sent to registered participants and unit leadership by a BACRI team member. 

Questions? Contact Us Linda Partridge, Program Coordinator
Nursing Education and Professional Development
615/322-2366 or