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About the Online Course

The Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC®) 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 in any inpatient or outpatient setting to obtain subspecialty certification.

About the Study Guide

Ace the CMC®!: You Can Do It! Study Guide was designed to serve as a succinct guide following AACN’s test blueprint for the CMC® examination. Updated in 2022, the Second Edition was purposely written using only bullet points containing key information. The book includes 100 practice questions with answers & rationale! The key to success is not only having the core knowledge in Cardiac Medicine, but also practicing as many questions as possible. Understanding rationale for correct & incorrect answers will enhance test taking strategies.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9978349-9-4

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!
I thoroughly enjoyed Nicole's presentation of the CMC Review course - I found her to be precise very informative interesting  and a great teacher !! Thank you for a great educational experience. J.C.

Would highly recommend this course. It provides highly relevant information that WILL improve your practice!! - Brent K.

Course Details

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

What's Included

  • 1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course
  • 8.0 Contact Hours
  • "Ace the CMC: You Can Do It" Book
  • 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 number 16363. Approved for 8.0 CE Contract 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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