Nicole Kupchik

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Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC®) Online Course Only


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Cardiac Medicine Certification (CMC®) Review Course
Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course
Price: $159.00 Per Person, 6 months subscription
Course Length: 360 minutes
Contact Hours: 6.0

What’s Included:

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

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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


  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


Course Instructor:

Nicole Kupchik MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, PCCN-K

Nicole KupchikNicole 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.



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.

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