• Course Format

    eLearning/Self-directed course

  • Course Access

    1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course

  • Course Length

    474 minutes

  • Study Guide

    Downloadable PDF Study Guide

  • Contact Hours

    8.0

  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate

Description

The Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC®) Review Course is designed to follow the AACN Certification test plan for the CMC® exam. This review will assist nurses working with acutely/critically ill adult cardiac patients to obtain this 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:

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

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 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

Arrhythmias

  • 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

What Nurses Are Saying About This Course!

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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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Judith Collins

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 yo...

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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 *****

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Laurie Brandstatt

Very informative course

Very informative course

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Great Course

Delilah Moody

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.

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.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome To The Cardiac Medicine Certification Review Course

    • Read First: How To Navigate This Course

    • Download Handouts Here!

  • 2

    Module 1: Introduction and CMC® Exam Overview

    • Session 1: CMC® Exam Overview

  • 3

    Module 2: Cardiac Basics

    • Lesson 1: Cardiac Anatomy

    • Lesson 2: Cardiac Assessment

  • 4

    Module 3: Hemodynamics

    • Lesson 1: Basic Hemodynamic Concepts

    • Lesson 2: The Pulmonary Artery Catheter

    • Lesson 3: Applying the Numbers

    • Lesson 4: Vasoactive Medications

    • Lesson 5: Hypertension & Vasodilators

    • Lesson 6: Shock States

    • Lesson 7: Mechanical Circulatory Support

  • 5

    Module 4: Acute Coronary Syndrome

    • Lesson 1: 12 Lead ECG

    • Lesson 2: Reperfusion & Medications

    • Lesson 3: Complications of Myocardial Infarction

  • 6

    Module 5: Heart Failure

    • Lesson 1: Heart Failure Overview

    • Lesson 2: Heart Failure Medications

    • Lesson 3: Cardiomyopathies & Pulmonary HTN

  • 7

    Module 6: Valvular Dysfunction

    • Lesson 1: Murmurs

    • Lesson 2: Mitral Valve Dysfunction

    • Lesson 3: Aortic Valve Dysfunction

    • Lesson 4: Tricuspid Valve Dysfunction

    • Lesson 5: Acute Inflammatory Disease

  • 8

    Module 7: Arrhythmias

    • Lesson 1: Atrial Arrhythmias

    • Lesson 2: Bradycardia & Pacing

    • Lesson 3: Cardiac Arrest

  • 9

    Module 8: Other Cardiac Issues

    • Lesson 1: Vascular Issues

    • Lesson 2: Anticoagulation

    • Lesson 3: ABGs & Capnography

    • Lesson 4: Pulmonary Issues

    • Lesson 5: Renal Issues

    • Lesson 6: Electrolyte Imbalances

    • Lesson 7: Stroke

    • Lesson 8: Cardiac Tamponade

  • 10

    Module 9: Wrap-up

    • Lesson 1: Wrap-up

  • 11

    Course Quiz

    • CMC® Certification Review Course Quiz

  • 12

    Course Evaluation

    • CMC® Certification Review Course Evaluation

Instructor

MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, PCCN-K

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.

Accreditation

Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 8.0 CE Contact Hours.

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 is no refund available.

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 info@kupchikconsulting.com.

Expiration Time

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.