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Cardiac Boot Camp Online Course


About the Online Course

This course sets the foundation and provides a review of the care of patients with various cardiovascular diseases. A focus is made on cardiac physiology & assessment, cardiovascular medications, heart failure management, acute coronary syndrome, valvular dysfunction and updates in cardiac arrest.

This course is perfect for nurses working in the Emergency Department, Critical Care areas, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Progressive Care & Telemetry. Knowledge of basic ECG interpretation is helpful before attending this course.

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!
This was an amazing and easy-to-follow course. Loved how she used so many learning styles in her course to help the information stick. Enough repetition and review to make sure you remember but not boring or monotonous. I took this after switching to cardiac care in the hospital and it was the perfect refresher. I recommend this course to all students or new hires in my unit. Thank you so much for such a great course! - I.F.

I highly recommend this course for new and experienced nurses to learn or review cardiac assessments, conditions, and treatments.  Well worth the time. -J.M.

I had fun following your cardiac course. I have learned so much and have a deeper understanding of each topic. - S.T.

Course Details

Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course
Contact Hours: 12.0
Course Length: 697 minutes

What's Included

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

This Course Focuses On

  • Cardiac physiology & assessment
  • Cardiovascular medications
  • Heart failure management
  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Valvular dysfunction and updates in cardiac arrest


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #16363. This program is approved for 12.0 contact hours

Learning Objectives

Cardiovascular Basics
  • Discuss normal anatomy of the heart
  • Describe the cardiac cycle
  • Describe normal coronary perfusion
  • Discuss basic hemodynamic concepts
  • Discuss the concepts of preload, afterload & contractility
  • Describe influences on blood pressure & regulation
  • Discuss basic cardiac assessment findings
  • Identify normal & abnormal heart sounds
  • Discuss signs of heart failure & heart disease
The ABCDEF'S of Cardiac Medications
  • Discuss the major classes of cardiovascular medications
  • Describe the intended use & effects
  • Discuss common side effects
  • Safety considerations with administration
Heart Failure Management
  • Discuss the difference between systolic & diastolic heart failure
  • Describe the impacts of heart failure on the healthcare system
  • Discuss current treatment strategies for heart failure
  • Describe why medications are used and how they work to blunt the Sympathetic Nervous System & Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System
  • Discuss the CardioMems device for heart failure management
  • Describe a new class of medication to treat systolic heart failure (HFrEF)
  • Discuss other types of Cardiomyopathy conditions including Takotsubo & Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
Valve Disease
  • Identify when valves are open & closed in the cardiac cycle
  • Describe aortic, pulmonic, tricuspid & mitral murmurs of stenosis & insufficiency
  • Discuss management of valvular dysfunction including mitral & aortic stenosis as well as mitral & aortic valve insufficiency
  • Describe new emerging interventions for aortic stenosis including the TAVR
  • Discuss the MitraClip procedure for mitral insufficiency/regurgitation
Atrial Arrhythmias
  • Identify common arrhythmias and discuss appropriate medication & interventional management
  • Discuss common valvular dysfunction leading to arrhythmias
  • Discuss medication options for rate control vs. conversion
  • Describe long term options for atrial fibrillation
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
  • Discuss the changes reflected on the 12 Lead ECG with ischemia, injury & infarction
  • Review the anatomy of a 12 Lead ECG
  • Discuss signs & symptoms associated with:
  • Inferior wall MI
  • Right ventricular MI
  • Anterior/septal wall MI
  • Posterior wall MI
Cardiac Arrest & Resuscitation
  • Review the ACLS & BLS Guidelines
  • Describe the components of high-quality CPR & effective defibrillation
  • Discuss the evidence behind recommended medications
  • Discuss post arrest TTM

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: Introduction & Welcome
  • Lesson 1: Overview
Module 2: Cardiac Basics
  • Lesson 1: Cardiac Anatomy
  • Lesson 2: Hemodynamic Concepts
  • Lesson 3: Assessment
Module 3: The ABCDEF's of Cardiac Medications
  • Lesson 1: ACS Medications
  • Lesson 2: Heart Failure Medications
  • Lesson 3: Hypertension Medications
Module 4: Heart Failure Management
  • Lesson 1: Heart Failure Overview
  • Lesson 2: HFrEF Case Study
  • Lesson 3: Long Term Management
  • Lesson 4: Other Cardiomyopathies
Module 5: Valve Disease
  • Lesson 1: Murmurs
  • Lesson 2: Mitral Valve Dysfunction
  • Lesson 3: Aortic Valve Dysfunction
Module 6: Atrial Arrhythmias
  • Lesson 1: SVT, Atrial flutter & WPW
  • Lesson 2: Atrial Fibrillation
  • Lesson 3: Case Studies
Module 7: Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
  • Lesson 1: Overview
  • Lesson 2: PCI
  • Lesson 3: 12 Lead ECG Overview & Practice
  • Lesson 4: Cases in ACS Part 1
  • Lesson 5: Cases in ACS Part 2
  • Lesson 6: Complications of Myocardial Infarction
Module 8: Cardiac Arrest & Resuscitation
  • Lesson 1: Overview & High-Performance CPR
  • Lesson 2: Effective Defibrillation & Medications
  • Lesson 3: Post-Arrest Care
Module 9: Wrap up & Thank You!

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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