CMC Introduction

CMC® subspecialty certification was introduced in 2005 for specialty certified nurses providing care to acutely and/or critically ill adult cardiac patients. Nurses interested in this certification may work in such areas as: cardiac care units; combined ICU-CCUs; medical ICUs; telemetry units; progressive care units; heart failure clinics; home care; interventional cardiology; cardiac catheterization labs; or electrophysiology units.

CMC - A Registered Service Mark

CMC is a registered service mark of AACN Certification Corporation and denotes certification in cardiac medicine nursing as granted by AACN Certification Corporation.

Registered nurses who have not achieved CMC certification status, whose CMC status has lapsed or whose clinical nursing specialty certification has lapsed or is inactive are not authorized to use the CMC credential.

CMC Job Analysis

Each CMC certification exam is based on a job analysis. The most recent study, completed in 2010, defines the dimensions of acute and critical care practice, identifying what is required of registered nurses practicing in acute and critical care settings and caring for cardiac patients. In the study, acute and critical care nurses across the United States were surveyed to ascertain the frequency and significance of the various elements of their practice.

Through an extensive review and evaluation process, the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to cardiac nursing were defined using the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care as an organizing framework focusing on the clinical judgment component exclusively. CMC certification exams are based on these skills and abilities and the knowledge required to perform them.

CMC certification is achieved by those critical care nurses who pass a CMC exam in cardiac medicine. CMC certification denotes to the public those practitioners who possess a distinct and clearly defined body of knowledge called cardiac nursing.

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