Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician Virtual

Join Course Directors Eileen Handberg, PhD, ARNP, FACC, Jane Linderbaum, ARNP, CNP, FACC, and Joseph Alpert, MD, FACC, and other leaders in the field, as you participate in 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.

Registration includes:

  • Over 20 hours of education
  • Complimentary access to Heart Songs 5 and ECG Drill and Practice
  • Break-out sessions, live Q&A, and discussion with the faculty experts
  • On Demand access to all content until December 31, 2021!

Early career Advanced Healthcare Professionals need practical clinical information as they navigate their profession. Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician Virtual offers a comprehensive curriculum covering cardiology from A to Z for early career cardiovascular Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, and Pharmacists.

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 non-pharmacological 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


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

Mustafa Ahmed, MD, FACC
University of Florida

Sarah Benak, NP
Mayo Clinic

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

Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC
Massachusetts General Hospital

Stuart R. Chipkin, MD
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Bland County Medical Clinic

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC
National Jewish Health

Tyler J. Gluckman, MD, FACC
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute

CĂ©line Gounder, MD, ScM
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Matthew Martinez, MD, FACC
Atlantic Health System

William M. Miles, MD, FACC
University of Florida

David Parra, PharmD
West Palm Beach Veterans Health Administration

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Statement

As a provider 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), 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 certified activities. 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 (ACWG) through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff and the ACWG members involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

  • Online: Click the Register button at the top of the page
  • Phone: 800-253-4636, ext. 5603 or 202-375-6000, ext. 5603

Registration for Core Curriculum for the Cardiovascular Clinician Virtual includes access to the livestream and on-demand access to sessions and additional content through December 31, 2021. Registration is open until December 17, 2021.

Registration Fees
Rate Type Example Designations Early Until 9/10/2021 Regular After 9/11/2021
Member Physician (includes International Associate) MD, DO $199 $249
Non-member Physician MD, DO $299 $349
AACC/CCA Member (includes CVT Member, FIT, Resident, Student, Emeritus) PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus $99 $149
CCA Non-member PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, Resident, Student $199 $249
Industry Professional   $299 $349


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 $50 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.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration fee in full.

Joint Accreditation Statement

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.

Credit Designation Statements

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.75 nursing education contact hours (12.25 pharmacotherapeutic nursing 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 20.75 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 12.25 contact hours (1.225 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

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