• Course Format

    eLearning/Self-directed course

  • Course Access

    1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course

  • Course Length

    360 minutes

  • Study Guide

    Downloadable PDF Study Guide

  • Contact Hours


  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate


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. The 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

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!


Great Review course

Dakota Sechena

I learned a lot and enjoyed the way the material was presented. She explained the material in an easy to understand way.

I learned a lot and enjoyed the way the material was presented. She explained the material in an easy to understand way.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome To The Cardiac Medicine Certification Review Course

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

  • 2

    Video Modules

    • Module 1 - About the Exam

    • Module 2 - Anatomy Review

    • Module 3 - Heart Sounds

    • Module 4 - Basic Hemodynamics

    • Module 5 - Hemodynamics Tissue Oxygenation

    • Module 6 - Pulmonary Artery Catheter

    • Module 7 - Murmurs Valve Dysfunction

    • Module 8 - Valvular Dysfunction

    • Module 9 - Heart Failure

    • Module 10 - Heart Failure Medications

    • Module 11 - Acute Coronary Syndrome

    • Module 12 - Fibrinolytics

    • Module 13 - 12 Lead ECG

    • Module 14 - Complications Myocardial Infraction

    • Module 15 - Cardiogenic Shock

    • Module 16 - Vasopressors

    • Module 17 - Shock States

    • Module 18 - Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump

    • Module 19 - Cardiac Tamponade

    • Module 20 - Tachycardias

    • Module 21 - Anticoagulation

    • Module 22 - Bradydysrhythmias

    • Module 23 - Acute Inflammatory Disease

    • Module 24 - Hypertensive Crisis

    • Module 25 - Cardiac Arrest

    • Module 26 - Post Cardiac Arrest Care

    • Module 27 - Peripheral Arterial Disease

    • Module 28 - Aneurysms

    • Module 29 - Pulmonary Issues

    • Module 30 - ARDS

    • Module 31 - Pulmonary Embolism

    • Module 32 - Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Conclusion

  • 3

    Course Quiz

    • CMC® Certification Review Course Quiz

  • 4

    Course Evaluation

    • CMC® Certification Review Course 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 6.0 CE Contact Hours.

Course Refund Policy

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