CMC® Online Course


About the Online Course
The Cardiac Medicine Certification Review Course is designed to follow the AACN Certification Blueprint for the CMC® exam. This review will assist nurses working with acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients to obtain subspecialty certification.

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!
I have been a nurse for just over 2 years. I work in cardiac medicine both Acute and Stepdown levels of care. I used Nicole’s PCCN (book only) and passed my PCCN after studying for 3 weeks. I used her CMC book AND online certification course, studying for 2 weeks and passed my CMC exam about an hour ago on the first try. 

The CMC course was very helpful! She does a great review and helped me learn so much and I felt like the exam was only mildly difficult because of her review course. Highly Recommend. After having passed 2 different board exams using only her materials, I can say I trust Nicole Kupchik! - David D.

This is a great review course! Nicole does an amazing job explaining each topic and each topic are relatively short in time, so easily digestible content. D.M.

Course Details

Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course
Contact Hours: 8.0
Course Length: 474 minutes

What's Included

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

This Course Focuses On

  • Cardiac Basics
  • Hemodynamics
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Heart failure
  • Valvular disease
  • Arrhythmias


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #16363. This program is approved for 8.0 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 the valves of the heart, when they are open & closed
  • Discuss coronary perfusion and walls each coronary vessel supplies


  • Discuss normal hemodynamic values
  • 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, septic)
  • Describe vasoactive infusions including vasopressors, positive inotropes and vasodilators and the effects on hemodynamics
  • Discuss various classes of medications used to treat hypertension & hypertensive emergencies

Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

  • Discuss 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 complications of myocardial infarction including cardiogenic shock, pulmonary edema, papillary muscle rupture & ventricular septal rupture

Heart Failure

  • Discuss the difference between systolic & diastolic heart failure
  • Describe symptoms of congestive heart failure
  • Analyze the difference between left & right sided heart failure
  • Discuss medications used to treat heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)

Valvular Disease

  • Describe the difference between valvular regurgitation (insufficiency) and stenosis
  • Discuss treatment modalities for aortic & mitral valve dysfunction


  • 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 & transvenous pacing
  • Discuss emergent, temporary pacing codes
  • Discuss treatment modalities for cardiac arrest
  • Describe post cardiac arrest temperature management & side effects of therapy

Everything Else!

  • Discuss signs of cardiac tamponade & how to treat it
  • Review arterial blood gas analysis and Capnography
  • Discuss management of ARDS and pulmonary failure
  • Describe the management of ischemic stroke

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:  Exam Overview 
Lesson 1: Exam Overview & CMC® Test Plan - 15 mins

Module 2:  Cardiac Basics                                            
Lesson 1:  Cardiac Anatomy - 19 mins
Lesson 2:  Cardiac Assessment - 5 mins

Module 3:  Hemodynamics                        
Lesson 1:  Basic Hemodynamic Concepts - 18 mins
Lesson 2:  The Pulmonary Artery Catheter - 17 mins
Lesson 3:  Applying the Numbers - 10 mins
Lesson 4:  Vasoactive Medications - 15 mins
Lesson 5:  Hypertension & Vasodilators - 14 mins
Lesson 6:  Shock States - 9 mins
Lesson 7:  Mechanical Circulatory Support - 12 mins

Module 4:  Acute Coronary Syndrome
Lesson 1:  12 Lead ECG - 34 mins
Lesson 2:  Reperfusion & Medications - 39 mins
Lesson 3:  Complications of Myocardial Infarction - 12 mins

Module 5:  Heart Failure
Lesson 1:  Heart Failure Overview - 16 mins
Lesson 2:  Heart Failure Medications - 22 mins
Lesson 3:  Cardiomyopathies & Pulmonary HTN - 12 mins              

Module 6:  Valvular Dysfunction                                             
Lesson 1:  Murmurs - 10 mins
Lesson 2:  Mitral Valve Dysfunction - 12 mins
Lesson 3:  Aortic Valve Dysfunction - 19 mins
Lesson 4:  Tricuspid Valve Dysfunction - 5 mins
Lesson 5:  Acute Inflammatory Disease - 6 mins

Module 7:  Arrhythmias
Lesson 1:  Atrial Arrhythmias - 23 mins
Lesson 2:  Bradycardia & Pacing - 21 mins
Lesson 3:  Cardiac Arrest - 11 mins

Module 8:  Everything Else!                                                                                       
Lesson 1:  Vascular Issues - 9 mins
Lesson 2:  Anticoagulation - 6 mins                         
Lesson 3:  ABGs & Capnography - 11 mins
Lesson 4:  Pulmonary Issues - 14 mins
Lesson 5:  Renal Issues - 16 mins
Lesson 6:  Electrolyte Imbalances - 12 mins
Lesson 7:  Stroke - 17 mins
Lesson 8:  Cardiac Tamponade - 11 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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