Auscultation in Primary Care

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This course is a survey of normal and abnormal heart sounds and murmurs encountered in primary care . The course starts with normal heart sounds and continues with extra heart sounds and murmurs. 

Please use good quality headphones or earphones. Computer or phone speakers often fail to reproduce some heart sounds.

Course Certificate

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How To Use Course Lessons

Each lesson within a course consists of text describing the heart or lung abnormality. A torso illustration indicates the stethoscope chestpiece location. Audio recording of the sound is provided. These sounds loop in playback so that the user can learn to recognize that sound. Phonocardiograms or lung sound waveforms are included with each lesson. These waveforms can be a highly useful aid in learning to recognize heart murmurs. In addition, short videos illustrate the heart's motion for each abnormality. These animations indicates the origin of each murmur. Blood flow is also animated. For lung sounds, the source (location) of the sound can be revealed.


After completing a lesson, use the blue arrows to view the next lesson. Lessons can also be accessed by links within the table of contents.

Practice Drills

When all lessons have been completed, we recommend using the Practice Drill. These practice drills are also required to earn a module certificate of achievement. In order to gain a certificate of achievement, please complete the course lessons and practice drill during one session. Most users complete the coure's lessons and drill in 30-45 minutes.