Online Courses

Cardiovascular System - Critical Care

Price: $49.00

This course series is accessible until 1/1/2022

A&P and Hemodynamics, Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Tests, Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure, Heart Disease and Injury, and Case Studies and Medications -- these 5 courses were grouped in a module series focusing on the understanding of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system and enhancement of the assessment and care skills needed for working with patients with cardiac disorders. Continuing nursing education credit is immediately available after each course completion of the posttest and survey.


AdventHealth University Division – echelon® is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

echelon® is an approved CE provider by the Florida Board of Nursing.

AdventHealth University Division echelon is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CPE16352.

NOTE: This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors; individuals may not repeat and report a self-learning activity for credit twice in the same biennium.

ANCC Accredited Organization

This course reports to CE Broker

A&P and Hemodynamics (1.50 CNE)
1. Identify the role of circulating blood in meeting cellular needs and maintaining homeostasis,
2. Describe the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular system,
3. Analyze the relationship between autonomic nervous system response and cardiovascular function,
4. List the factors that affect cardiac output and explain its impact on body perfusion, and
5. Describe the impact of medications on the autonomic nervous system.

Patient Assessment & Diagnostic Tests (1.00 CNE)
1. Recognize auscultation findings of normal and abnormal heart sounds,
2. Assess findings of valvular disease and ventricular septal defects,
3. Assess findings of fluid changes within the heart,
4. Complete a pertinent cardiovascular patient history,
5. Describe blood tests that are essential to the cardiovascular assessment,
6. Compare the noninvasive tests used to evaluate for cardiovascular dysfunction, and
7. Discuss invasive cardiovascular tests and interventions.

Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure (1.00 CNE)
1. Identify cardiovascular risk factors and metabolic syndrome;
2. Identify signs and symptoms of acute coronary syndrome;
3. Identify diagnostic criteria for unstable angina, STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction), and NSTEMI (Non ST-elevation myocardial infarction);
4. Discuss ECG findings while comparing and contrasting ST segment differences in unstable angina, STEMI, and NSTEMI;
5. Discuss the evidence-based practice medical/nursing management for care of the acute coronary syndrome patient;
6. Discuss the potential complications of acute myocardial infarction;
7. Differentiate left and right ventricular failure, as well as medical management of each; and
8. Discuss hemodynamic principles in the following patient populations: cardiogenic shock secondary to left ventricular failure, right ventricular infarction, papillary muscle rupture, acute ventricular septal defect, pulmonary emboli, and hypovolemic shock.

Heart Disease and Injury (1.00 CNE)
1. Identify the signs and symptoms of carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease and treatment options for each;
2. Identify coronary revascularization procedures, including less invasive approaches;
3. Discuss risk factors for aneurysm formation, differentiate between the types of aneurysms and locations, and the treatment options available;
4. Identify the various cardiac structures disorders and complications that may occur; and
5. Explain the use of a temporary pacemaker and the indications for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Case Studies and Mediations (1.00 CNE)
1. Identify the various cardiovascular medications, including their indications, contraindications, dosages and adverse effects;
2. Describe procedures and diagnostic tests used in the cardiovascular arena;
3. Identify the signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease;
4. Describe common treatments and possible complications associated with cardiovascular care, including post-op complications; and
5. Identify risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

CC01 Cardio: Anatomy & Physiology and Hemodynamics

Hours: 1.50
This in-depth explanation of the cardiovascular system is the first in a series of five courses exploring the heart in structure, function, heart failure, disease, injury and medications. This course reviews the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, the role of circulating blood in meeting cellular needs, maintaining hemostasis, and much more.

CC02 Cardio: Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Tests

Hours: 1.00
This cardiovascular course presents an overview of the cardiovascular patient assessment process and a review of the cardiovascular diagnostic tools used for evaluation. Signs and symptoms of cardiovascular dysfunction are discussed, and techniques for auscultating heart sounds and taking a pertinent cardiovascular patient history are described. You will also learn about invasive and non-invasive procedures for evaluating cardiovascular dysfunction, and much more.

CC03 Cardio: Acute Coronary Syndrome and Heart Failure

Hours: 1.00
Learn about the risk factors associated with acute coronary syndrome. Also discussed are STEMI and NSTEMI, left and right ventricular failure, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms and medical management of acute coronary syndrome.

CC04 Cardio: Heart Disease and Injury

Hours: 1.00
Surgical intervention and treatments are presented for cardiovascular disease states. Also discussed are cardiac structure disorders, aortic pathology, aneurysms, and arrhythmias.

CC05 Cardio: Case Studies and Medications

Hours: 1.00
Follow several cardiovascular-associated case studies through patient presentation, diagnosis, treatment, medications, surgery, and outcomes.