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CMC® Online Course

Cardiac Medicine Certification


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.

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course! Great Course

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: 6.0
Course Length: 360 minutes

What's Included

  • 1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course
  • 6.0 Contact Hours
  • Downloadable PDF Study Guide
  • Printable CE Certificate

This Course Focuses On

  • Cardiac Assessment
  • Valvular disorders
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • 12 Lead ECG interpretation
  • Heart failure management
  • Hemodynamic monitoring and cardiac medications

Learning Objectives

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

Section: Test Plan, Anatomy & Valvular Disease

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

Section: Heart Failure & Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

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

Section: Hemodynamics

  • 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 vasopressor, positive & negative inotropes and vasodilators and the effects on hemodynamics

Section: Rhythm Issues & Tamponade

  • Discuss treatment modalities for symptomatic bradycardia
  • Describe emergent pacing options including transcutaneous & transvenous pacing
  • Discuss emergent, temporary pacing codes
  • Describe optional pacing modes for various rhythms (afib, junctional)
  • Discuss the procedure to assess pacing thresholds
  • Describe medications used to treat rapid rhythms (afib vs. SVT)
  • Discuss the MAZE procedure to treat Afib
  • Discuss signs of cardiac tamponade & how to treat it

Section: Hypertensive Crisis & Cardiac Arrest

  • Discuss various classes of medications used to treat hypertension
  • Described IV antihypertensive medications used in hypertensive emergencies
  • Discuss treatment modalities for cardiac arrest
  • Describe post cardiac arrest temperature management & side effects of therapy

Additional Information


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 6.0 CE Contract Hours.

Course Refund Policy

Once the purchase for the course is made and accessed online, there are no refunds available.

Course Expiration Time Zone

Courses are set to expire at 00:00 UTC on the expiry date. Our course platform is utilized by learners across the world, we don't currently have an option to change the time zone to one's local time; it will always be 00:00 UTC regardless of your local time zone. Please adjust accordingly.

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 requests must be received no more than 30 days prior & no more than 30 days after their expiration date!

Course Agenda

  1. About the Exam-12:07 minutes
  2. Anatomy Review-9:32 minutes
  3. Heart Sounds-8:46 minutes
  4. Basic Hemodynamics-20:17 minutes
  5. Hemodynamics Tissue Oxygenation-11:13 minutes
  6. Pulmonary Artery Catheter-26:22 minutes
  7. Murmurs Valve Dysfunction-6:15 minutes
  8. Valvular Dysfunction-15:00 minutes
  9. Heart Failure-11:19 minutes
  10. Heart Failure Medication-29:58 minutes
  11. Acute Coronary Syndrome-19:49 minutes
  12. Fibrinolytics-10:13 minutes
  13. 12 Lead ECG-44:46 minutes
  14. Complications Myocardial Infraction-10:19 minutes
  15. Cardiogenic Shock-8:19 minutes
  16. Vasopressors-10:15 minutes
  17. Shock States-4:23 minutes
  18. Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump-6:34 minutes
  19. Cardiac Tamponade-4:17 minutes
  20. Tachycardias-15:24 minutes
  21. Anticoagulation- 8:39 minutes
  22. Bradydysrhythmias-15:35 minutes
  23. Acute Inflammatory Disease-8:29 minutes
  24. Hypertensive Crisis-7:14 minutes
  25. Cardiac Arrest-6:45 minutes
  26. Post Cardiac Arrest Care-4:38 minutes
  27. Peripheral Arterial Disease-4:01 minutes
  28. Aneurysms-3:55 minutes
  29. Pulmonary Issues-3:08 minutes
  30. ARDS-8:16 minutes
  31. Pulmonary Embolism-4:42 minutes
  32. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Conclusion-2:54 minutes

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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