Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician

The Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician course is now FULL. Please do not register online for the course. If you wish to have your name added to the waitlist, please contact ACC’s Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext 5603.


Early career healthcare professionals need practical clinical information as they navigate their profession. Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician offers a comprehensive and skill-focused curriculum covering cardiology from A to Z for early career nurses and physician assistants. Learn from seasoned cardiovascular experts at this interactive course featuring hands-on workshops and practice-based sessions that focus on the basics of risk reduction, heart failure and coronary artery disease to the specifics of stress testing, physical exams and interpreting EKGs. Small groups allow you to spend time comparing strategies and procedures with both your colleagues and faculty.

Attend this course and take home useful updates on the latest guidelines and devices, and learn to apply them to your practice!

Note: No CME credits will be offered for this course. Physicians are welcomed to attend, with the understanding that only CNE credits are given upon completion.


The overall goal of this course is to offer cardiovascular clinicians a core competency-based curriculum through a comprehensive review of best practices in cardiovascular care as well as a discussion of the latest updates in cardiovascular disease management. 

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to —

  • Identify best practices of the cardiovascular physical examination
  • Evaluate the results of diagnostic studies needed for the care of the cardiovascular patient
  • Improve utilization of cardiovascular pathophysiology knowledge
  • Determine appropriate management strategies for patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular disease
  • Analyze practice implications of recently released ACC/AHA guidelines pertaining to the use of pharmacological and other therapies for the cardiovascular patient


This course is intended for early career nurse practitioners and clinicians, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants and cardiovascular nurses.

Course Directors

Joseph Alpert, MD, FACC
Head, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, BC, FACC
Director, Clinical Programs
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Jane A. Linderbaum, MS, FNP, AACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Nurse Planner

Kimberly V. Cheramie, MSN
Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Physician Assistant

Amy E Simone, PA-C
Emory Health Care - Heart Center


R. David Anderson, MD, MS, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL   

Margaret T. Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, AACC
Associate Professor
Duke University School of Nursing
Durham, NC

Stuart R. Chipkin, MD
Research Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA  

Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, FACC
Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL   

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC
Director, Clinical Cardiology and Operations
Co-Director Nuclear Cardiology
Assistant Professor
National Jewish Health

Linda Lee Hart, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AACC
Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute
Richmond, VA

Matthew Martinez, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiac Imaging
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, PA

William M. Miles, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL  

David Parra, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Cardiology
West Palm Beach Veterans Health Administration
West Palm Beach, FL

ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

Core Curriculum Faculty Disclosures


The Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician course is now FULL. Please do not register online for the course. If you wish to have your name added to the waitlist, please contact ACC’s Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext 5603.

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is now captured through your online profile. To enable us to accommodate your request, please ensure that your profile is up to date. If you select the (other) option, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs. If you require assistance, please contact the Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603.

Note:  No CME credits will be offered for this course.  Physicians are welcomed to attend, with the understanding that only CNE credits are given upon completion.

Register me as: Designation Advance
Until 7/21/17
Regular 7/22/17 Until 10/7/17
Member Physician - Includes International Associate
MD, DO PhD $900 $1010
Non member Physician - Includes Industry Professional
MD, DO, PhD $1200 $1310
Member Reduced PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD
$660 $770
Non-member Reduced PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $875 $985

The registration tuition includes educational sessions including the Pharmacology Workshop, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches and course materials.

Cancellation, substitution or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACC will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

Physician Assistants
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 22.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22 CNE contact hours (7.25 CNE pharmacotherapeutic contact hours). Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.


Learner Bill of Rights


All sessions will be held at the Heart House, 2400 N. Street, NW, Washington, DC.  The meeting site telephone number is 800-253-4636.


Hyatt Place Washington DC
2121 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone:  202-838-2222

Online Reservation Link:
Click here to make a reservation

Reservations via telephone:
Call the central reservations desk at 1-800-992-0698 and identify yourself as an attendee of the ACC’s Core Curriculum group.

Room Rates
The ACC negotiated room rate is $190 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.5%) per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until September 10, 2017, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible.


Please Note

Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better. 

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity. 

The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC.