Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician - Virtual Experience

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Nonmember: $199

Registration closed on December 14, 2020.

LAUNCH Learning Experience

Access from October 19, 2020 – January 18, 2021

Join Course Directors Eileen Handberg, PhD, ARNP, FACC, Jane A. Linderbaum, MS, ARNP, CNP, FACC, and Joseph Alpert, MD, FACC for the ACC Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician Virtual Experience!

Enroll and gain access to:

  • Over 30 video presentations on topics relevant to advanced healthcare professionals.
  • A roadmap that breaks the content down by topic and provides guidance on the presentations and content to view over time.
  • Live Q&A webinars providing live discussion and Q&A opportunities with our content experts. Plus, each webinar will be made available on demand for those who cannot join live.
  • Heart Songs 5 to improve your cardiac auscultation skills.

Statement of Need/Overview

Early career Advanced Healthcare Professionals need practical clinical information as they navigate their profession. Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician offers a comprehensive curriculum covering cardiology from A to Z for early career cardiovascular Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, and Pharmacists. Learn from cardiovascular experts through sessions that focus on the basics of risk reduction, CAD, AF, valve disease and heart failure, to the specifics of non-invasive imaging, physical exams and interpreting ECGs and murmurs.


  • Understanding Practice Management
  • Cardiovascular History and Physical Exam
  • Diagnostic Strategies and Interpretation
  • Risk Reduction and Comorbid Condition Management
  • Coronary Artery Disease: Acute and Chronic Management
  • Complex Cardiology: Heart Failure, Valve Disease, and Arrhythmias
  • NP/PA Competencies
  • COVID Clinical and Operational Concerns and Challenges
  • ACC Apps and Tools


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 coverage of the latest updates in cardiovascular disease management.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Utilize physical examination best practices essential to cardiovascular assessment
  • Select and interpret CV diagnostic evaluations including ECG, echo, and CXR interpretation
  • Identify evidence-based management strategies for patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular disease
  • Determine optimal pharmacological and nonpharmalogical strategies in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Distinguish common pharmacological agents used in the care of high volume subsets of CV patients such as DAPT, ATC, supplements, and diabetes regimens
  • Identify prevention strategies for treating cardiovascular disease

Target Audience

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

Course Directors

Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP, BC, FACC
University of Florida, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Jane A. Linderbaum, MS, ARNP, CNP, FACC
Mayo Clinic

Joseph S. Alpert, MD, FACC
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center


Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, FACC
University of Florida

Physician Assistant

Amy E. Simone, PA-C, AACC
Piedmont Heart Institute - Marcus Heart Valve Center


R. David Anderson, MD, MS, FACC
University of Florida

Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC

Stuart R. Chipkin, MD
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC
National Jewish Health

Matthew Martinez, MD, FACC
Atlantic Health - Morristown Medical Center

William M. Miles, MD, FACC
University of Florida

David Parra, PharmD
West Palm Beach Veterans Health Administration

Jean A. Wagner, C-ANP
Mayo Clinic

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement


As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly provided or jointly provided/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors, in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational. ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the education activity.

ACCF assesses conflicts of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

Planner/Faculty Disclosure Information

Jointly Accredited Provider

In support of improving patient care, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 25.5 nursing education contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Physician Assistants
The ACCF has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 25.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The ACCF designates this continuing education activity for 15.25 contact hours (1.525 CEUs) of the ACPE.

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