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CSC® Online Course

Cardiac Surgery Certification


About the Online Course
The Cardiac Surgery Certification (CSC®) Review Course is designed to follow the AACN Certification test plan for the CSC® exam.  This subspecialty certification will assist nurses working with acutely/critically ill adult cardiac surgery patients in the first 48 hours post-operatively.  The course is perfect for nurses working with cardiovascular surgery patients.

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!
Fun, easy to understand and remember
I’ve been waiting for this course since after I finished the Hemodynamics Boot Camp and CMC Review Course. As always, Nicole made this one fun, easy to understand and remember. Here’s to achieving that CVICU Nursing trifecta and the CCRN-CSC-CMC title!  M.C.T.

Second review course taken with Nicole (:
This is my second review course that I have taken with Nicole and I couldn't be more appreciative. She is the best at lecturing as she engages her audience and makes each topic better than the last. Her personal clinical stories to drive home the applicable teaching points make the course memorable and reinforce key concepts. No regrets ever taking her courses! - Alexa U.

Course Details

Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course
Contact Hours: 9.5
Course Length: 572 mins

What's Included

  • 1 year unlimited 24/7 access to the online course
  • 9.5 contact hours
  • Downloadable PDF Study Guide
  • Printable CE Certificate

This Course Focuses On

  • Cardiac Basics
  • Hemodynamics
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Valve Surgery & Procedures
  • Thoracic Surgery & Aneurysms
  • Bleeding, Coagulopathies & Anticoagulation
  • Electrical Issues
  • Pulmonary Complications


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #16363. This program is approved for 9.5 contact hours

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this eLearning, participants should be able to:

Test Plan & Cardiac Basics:
  • Discuss normal blood flow through the myocardium
  • Describe coronary perfusion and walls each coronary vessel supplies
  • Discuss common cardiovascular medications used for acute coronary syndrome & heart failure management
  • Describe preload, afterload & contractility and the effects when decreased or elevated
  • Discuss the use of the pulmonary artery catheter & interventions to treat abnormal values
  • Discuss the hemodynamic findings of different shock states (Cardiogenic, hypovolemic, vasopplegic)
  • Describe vasoactive infusions including vasopressor, positive & negative inotropes and vasodilators and the effects on hemodynamics
Cardiac Surgery:
  • Discuss the difference between on and off pump coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Describe cardiac complications after cardiac surgery
  • Discuss signs of cardiac tamponade & how to treat it
  • Analyze the anatomy of the 12 Lead ECG
  • Describe ECG leads that visualize difference walls of the myocardium
  • Discuss the differences between inferior, right ventricular, anterior, lateral & posterior wall Mis
  • Discuss medication therapies for acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
  • Discuss types of aortic dissection and treatment strategies
Valve Surgery & Procedures:
  • Describe the difference between valvular regurgitation (insufficiency) and stenosis
  • Discuss treatment modalities and surgical options for aortic, mitral & tricuspid valve dysfunction
Bleeding, Coagulopathies & Anticoagulation
  • Discuss strategies for bleeding reversal
  • Discuss antidotes for anticoagulants
Electrical Issues:
  • Describe medications used to treat rapid rhythms (afib vs. SVT)
  • Discuss the MAZE procedure to treat Afib
  • Discuss treatment modalities for symptomatic bradycardia
  • Describe emergent pacing options including transcutaneous & epicardial pacing
  • Discuss emergent, temporary pacing codes
  • Analyze ACLS vs. CALS for cardiac arrest management
Pulmonary Complications:
  • Analyze arterial blood gas results
  • Discuss various pulmonary complications after cardiac surgery including atelectasis, pneumonia, TRALI, ARDS, TACO and pneumomediastinum
Everything Else:
  • Discuss management of acute kidney injury including hemodialysis and CRRT
  • Describe common electrolyte imbalances and treatments
  • Discuss stroke management after cardiac surgery
  • Identify signs of post-operative delirium and management

Additional Information

Course Refund Policy

Our policy is valid for a period of 30 calendar days from the date of the purchase. If the period of 30 days has lapsed since the purchase, we can't, unfortunately, offer you a refund. In addition, once the course has been accessed, there are no refunds available.

Course Expiration Time Zone

Access to the course expires 1 year after purchase, regardless of when the course is accessed. Please note, courses are set to expire at 00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on the expiry date.

For example, students in Pacific Standard Time (UTC 8 hrs ahead), will find their class expires at 4:00 PM PST.  Due to the major time difference, we have set all courses to expire on day 366 so you receive a full year of access plus a few bonus hours.

Extension Policy

All courses will be limited to a maximum of one extension. The one-time extension is valid for 6 months @ 40% of the full cost of the course. Extension requests must be received via email at [email protected].

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Course Agenda

Module 1:  Course Overview
Lesson 1:  Welcome, Course Overview & CSC® Test Plan - 21 mins

Module 2:  Cardiac Basics
Lesson 1:  Cardiac Anatomy - 18 mins
Lesson 2:  Heart Sounds - 5 mins
Lesson 3:  Cardiac Medications - 27 mins

Module 3:  Hemodynamics
Lesson 1:  Basic Hemodynamic Concepts - 22 mins
Lesson 2:  The Pulmonary Artery Catheter - 24 mins
Lesson 3:  Applying the Numbers - 15 mins
Lesson 4:  Vasoactive Medications:  Pressors & Inotropes - 16 mins
Lesson 5:  Hypertension & Vasodilators - 14 mins
Lesson 6:  Shock States - 8 mins
Lesson 7:  Mechanical Circulatory Support - 15 mins

Module 4:  Cardiac Surgery
Lesson 1:  Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) - 27 mins
Lesson 2:  Cardiac Complications - 22 mins
Lesson 3:  Cardiac Ischemia - 13 mins
Lesson 4:  The 12 Lead ECG - 30 mins
Lesson 5:  Thoracic Surgery & Aneurysms - 10 mins

Module 5:  Valve Surgery & Procedures
Lesson 1:  Murmurs - 9 mins
Lesson 2:  Aortic Valve Dysfunction - 23 mins
Lesson 3:  Mitral Valve Dysfunction - 16 mins
Lesson 4:  Tricuspid Valve Dysfunction - 6 mins
Lesson 5:  Endocarditis & Inflammatory Issues - 11 mins

Module 6:  Bleeding, Coagulopathies & Anticoagulation
Lesson 1:  Bleeding Reversal - 15 mins
Lesson 2:  Anticoagulation - 8 mins

Module 7:  Electrical Issues
Lesson 1:  Atrial Arrhythmias - 25 mins
Lesson 2:  Bradycardias & Emergent Pacing - 22 mins
Lesson 3:  Cardiac Arrest - 16 mins

Module 8:  Pulmonary
Lesson 1:  ABG & Capnography Review - 22 mins
Lesson 2:  Pulmonary Complications - 28 mins

Module 9:  Everything Else!
Lesson 1:  Neurologic Impairment - 34 mins
Lesson 2:  Kidney Injury - 26 mins
Lesson 3:  Electrolyte Imbalances - 25 mins

Here are what nurses are saying about Nicole and her teaching style:

"Nicole does a great job teaching in a way you can understand and keeps your attention."

"Great course! Kept us engaged as well for a long class. Great methods used to teach and remember course information."

"Your energy and passion to teach makes learning a breeze! Love how you break down complicated content and make it easy to remember."

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