• Course Format

    eLearning/Self-directed course

  • Course Access

    6 months unlimited access 24/7 to the online course

  • Course Length

    697 minutes

  • Study Guide

    Downloadable PDF Study Guide

  • Contact Hours


  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate


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.

Learning Objectives

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

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 Syndromes

  • 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

What Nurses Are Saying About This Online Course

"The speakers who presented the material were very energetic and knowledgeable which made the course more interesting."

"I love that I can go back and watch these videos again to really absorb all the information!"

"I really enjoyed how things were broken down into different section areas. It seemed like an easy way to build on the knowledge."

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Cardiac Boot Camp 2.0

    • Read First: How To Navigate This Course & Download Study Guide!

    • RN License & State (or Country) Information Needed!

  • 2

    Module 1: Introduction & Overview

    • Lesson 1: Overview

  • 3

    Module 2: Cardiac Basics

    • Lesson 1: Cardiac Anatomy

    • Lesson 2: Hemodynamic Concepts

    • Lesson 3: Assessment

  • 4

    Module 3: The ABCDEF's of Cardiac Medications

    • Lesson 1: ACS Medications

    • Lesson 2: Heart Failure Medications

    • Lesson 3: Hypertension Medications

  • 5

    Module 4: Heart Failure Management

    • Lesson 1: Heart Failure Overview

    • Lesson 2: HFrEF Case Study

    • Lesson 3: Long Term Management

    • Lesson 4: Other Cardiomyopathies

  • 6

    Module 5: Valve Disease

    • Lesson 1: Murmurs

    • Lesson 2: Mitral Valve Dysfunction

    • Lesson 3: Aortic Valve Dysfunction

  • 7

    Module 6: Atrial Arrhythmias

    • Lesson 1: SVT, Atrial flutter & WPW

    • Lesson 2: Atrial Fibrillation

    • Lesson 3: Case Studies

  • 8

    Module 7: Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

    • Lesson 1: ACS 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

  • 9

    Module 8: Cardiac Arrest & Resuscitation

    • Lesson 1: Overview & High-Performance CPR

    • Lesson 2: Effective Defibrillation, Medications & Mock Codes

    • Lesson 3: Post-Arrest Care

  • 10

    Module 9: Wrap Up & Thank You!

    • Wrap Up & Thank You!

  • 11

    Course Quiz

    • Cardiac Boot Camp Quiz

  • 12

    Course Evaluation

    • Copy of Cardiac Boot Camp Evaluation



Nicole Kupchik

Nicole Kupchik has been a critical care nurse for over 25 years. Originally from Northwest Indiana, she worked as a traveling nurse and settled in Seattle, WA in 1998. She graduated from Purdue University in 1993 and in 2008 obtained a Master of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Washington.

After moving to Seattle, Nicole took great interest in Resuscitation while working at Harborview Medical Center. She was part of a team who wrote one of the first protocols in the US for Therapeutic Hypothermia after cardiac arrest and has published numerous papers on the topic. In 2009, she led a team that launched an award-winning Sepsis Alert System.

In 2013, Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. She has taught CCRN® & PCCN® Certification Review courses for over 10 years and has helped thousands of nurses achieve certification! She strongly believes every nurse can and should be board certified in their specialty!

In 2017, Nicole published "Ace the CCRN®: You Can Do It" Study Guide and Practice Question Book as well as well as "Ace the PCCN®: You Can Do It" Study Guide and Practice Question Book. In 2018, she published "Ace the CMC®: You Can Do It" Study Guide. Her latest book, "Ace the CSC®: You Can Do It!" Study Guide for the Cardiac Surgery Certification was published in March 2019.


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 12.0 CE Contact Hours.

Course Refund Policy

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