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How do you study for the CMC exam? Can anyone recommend any study materials? How long would you recommend studying for?

XIGRIS

Specializes in DNAP Student.

How do you study for the CMC exam? Can anyone recommend any study materials? How long would you recommend studying for?

Hmmm no takers huh??!!!! Anyone?

FloridaCCRN, CRNA

Specializes in ER/ICU/PACU/ Nurse Anesthetist. Has 8 years experience.

I've been searching high & low on info about the CMC and CSC to no avail. I even called the AACN to find out what a passing score is and the lady that answered the phone didn't know, placed me on hold for like five minutes (I could hear her asking people in the background) and still could not tell me- no one knew! I'm assuming that ~70% is passing (like CCRN). All I know is that it's 90 question of which 75 are scored. I will update this thread if I hear anything. Apparently, not many go for these certifications.

XIGRIS

Specializes in DNAP Student.

I took the CSC and I used only one reference.... Perioperative care for cardiac surgery by Seifert. It worked for me.

But for CMC, could not find one yet...

I took the CMC Exam about a year after the sub-specialty became available. (I was about #186 to acheive certification). I used the Reference List available in the Handbook to study. My friend took a review course that was offered at a Pre-NTI conference in Atlanta last year, and took the exam during NTI. She thought the class was good. I don't know if it was offered this year in Chicago or if it will be offered at New Orleans next year. (I guess you could try finding out from AACN if you want to wait until May for that).

Below are the links from AACN for the reference list and handbook.

Good Luck!

http://www.aacn.org/WD/Certifications/Docs/CertExamHandbook.pdf#page=50

http://www.aacn.org/WD/Certifications/Docs/certexamhandbook.pdf

Another good book is Cardiac/Vascular Nursing Review and Resource Manual, 2nd Ed. It is the review manual for certification from ANCC (American Nurse Credentialing Center).

It focuses more on the patient in the community setting, but there is some real good info pertinent to the patient in the acute setting.

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/cert/revmanuals.html

XIGRIS

Specializes in DNAP Student.

Another good book is Cardiac/Vascular Nursing Review and Resource Manual, 2nd Ed. It is the review manual for certification from ANCC (American Nurse Credentialing Center).

It focuses more on the patient in the community setting, but there is some real good info pertinent to the patient in the acute setting.

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/cert/revmanuals.html

Thank you for all these info. I saw the references but I just don't know which one to use.

Thanks! Wonder why more people aren't getting this certification?

XIGRIS

Specializes in DNAP Student.

Another good book is Cardiac/Vascular Nursing Review and Resource Manual, 2nd Ed. It is the review manual for certification from ANCC (American Nurse Credentialing Center).

It focuses more on the patient in the community setting, but there is some real good info pertinent to the patient in the acute setting.

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/cert/revmanuals.html

Have you taken this exam from ANCC? Did you find out your result right there after the test?

FloridaCCRN, CRNA

Specializes in ER/ICU/PACU/ Nurse Anesthetist. Has 8 years experience.

I just took and passed the CMC!:yeah: Woohoo! I didn't tell anyone I was taking it in case I bombed it :imbar

The test was a doozy, tougher than CCRN in my opinion! Know hemodynamics inside and out (numbers and how to treat), know 12 lead EKGs and correlation to injury, heart blocks, review ACLS, Pulmonary HTN, NSTEMI VS STEMI, Angina & Unstable angina, heart failure (acute vs chronic), cardiac meds (fibrinolytics, pressors, vasodilators.. etc). Basically study everything in the test plan in the link above because it covered it ALL. This test was well-rounded. It even had a few questions related to neuro, renal, and pulmonary complications. Glad it is over

Passing score is 51 out of 75 scored (90 questions total).

I just took and passed the CMC!:yeah: Woohoo! I didn't tell anyone I was taking it in case I bombed it :imbar

The test was a doozy, tougher than CCRN in my opinion! Know hemodynamics inside and out (numbers and how to treat), know 12 lead EKGs and correlation to injury, heart blocks, review ACLS, Pulmonary HTN, NSTEMI VS STEMI, Angina & Unstable angina, heart failure (acute vs chronic), cardiac meds (fibrinolytics, pressors, vasodilators.. etc). Basically study everything in the test plan in the link above because it covered it ALL. This test was well-rounded. It even had a few questions related to neuro, renal, and pulmonary complications. Glad it is over

Passing score is 51 out of 75 scored (90 questions total).

Thanks for the info!! How long did you study/prepare for the exam before taking it? How long would you recommend?

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 20 years experience.

I just took and passed the CMC!:yeah: Woohoo!

Congrats, Graduate_2002, CCRN-CMC!! That's awesome that you have done two in such a short time - well done!

:yeah: :clpty:

XIGRIS

Specializes in DNAP Student.

I just took and passed the CMC!:yeah: Woohoo! I didn't tell anyone I was taking it in case I bombed it :imbar

The test was a doozy, tougher than CCRN in my opinion! Know hemodynamics inside and out (numbers and how to treat), know 12 lead EKGs and correlation to injury, heart blocks, review ACLS, Pulmonary HTN, NSTEMI VS STEMI, Angina & Unstable angina, heart failure (acute vs chronic), cardiac meds (fibrinolytics, pressors, vasodilators.. etc). Basically study everything in the test plan in the link above because it covered it ALL. This test was well-rounded. It even had a few questions related to neuro, renal, and pulmonary complications. Glad it is over

Passing score is 51 out of 75 scored (90 questions total).

congratulations to u

FloridaCCRN, CRNA

Specializes in ER/ICU/PACU/ Nurse Anesthetist. Has 8 years experience.

Thanks for the info!! How long did you study/prepare for the exam before taking it? How long would you recommend?

I would recommend taking a 12 lead EKG course if possible (check with your nurse educator). I think that if you have been working with CCU type patients for a while then you should be fine, because you will have that knowledge base to pull from. But I would definitely review the test plan for a few months (2-3) before taking the exam. I just hate to cram for any test, the learning process is what makes it worthwhile :twocents:

XIGRIS

Specializes in DNAP Student.

Passed CMC exam today....

XB9S

Specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery. Has 22 years experience.

Congratulations :yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah:

I took and passed the CMC exam yesterday, yea! So glad it's over. It's a well-rounded exam, not too hard but definitely not easy. I thought it was easier than the CCRN, though, because all of your studies are concentrated to CV instead of having to study every body system in depth. I bought the CMC review DVD from aacn.org, watched each DVD once, and studied a little bit (appx 30-45 mins) on my breaks at work for about 2 weeks. Good luck to those of you who will be taking the exam:)

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 20 years experience.

Congratulations!

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