Developed by IBHRE, an independent certification board and global leader in heart rhythm management credentialing, the Cardiac Device Education and Self-Assessment (CDESA) Course includes 18 information-packed modules, case studies, and a post assessment based on IBHRE’s Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) Exam Blueprint found in the Certification Candidate Handbook.
Although this online course is based upon the CCDS Exam Blueprint, it is not all inclusive of the knowledge areas and skills assessed for certification. Consequently, completing this course is not required for IBHRE certification, and doing so does not guarantee successful completion of the CCDS exam.
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In this course, you will examine concepts and critical issues in cardiac rhythm device therapy related to:
- Fundamental concepts of electrophysiology, pacing and defibrillation;
- Device implantation, operative issues, and potential complications;
- Implantable cardiac rhythm devices (pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy); and
- Clinical trials, indications, device selection, programming, follow-up and troubleshooting.
Who Should Take this Course?
This course is designed for healthcare professionals who practice in the field of heart rhythm management, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, technicians, device representatives, clinical specialists, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of CIED therapy.
Practitioners should have broad knowledge in the following areas:
- Basic Science
- Applied Science and Technology
- Technology, Clinical Practice, Diagnosis, Interpretation and Management of Tachyarrhythmias and Bradyarrhythmias
What You Can Expect from this Course
This self-paced interactive online subscription course is a dynamic environment where your knowledge of critical information can be enhanced, reviewed and challenged. It includes insightful and engaging content:
- Reference articles, ACC/AHA/HRS medical guidelines and practice recommendations to aide your learning;
- Interactive knowledge checks to help you measure your comprehension;
- Easily accessible inter-module reference notes;
- A post test to assess your knowledge after each module; and
- A comprehensive cardiac device post assessment at the end of the course.
About the Course Contributors
A team of physicians, nurses, and cardiac device specialists contributed to the development and content of this course. These course contributors are experts in their field and most are IBHRE certified. Although these contributors are dedicated IBHRE volunteers, during the development of this online course, none of these individuals participated on any IBHRE Test Writing Committee, nor were they involved in the review of any IBHRE certification examination.
The Cardiac Device Education and Self-Assessment Course is created for the purpose of educating heart management practitioners on cardiac device therapy and related topics. Although it serves as a resource for preparing for the Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) examination, this online course does not cover all topics included in the CCDS Exam Blueprint. IBHRE recommends you contact device manufacturers for more details on their specific device characteristics, functionality and algorithms. Consequently, completing this course does not guarantee successful completion of the CCDS exam. Upon completion of this course, you may download a certificate of completion. However, IBHRE does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for this course.
IBHRE is not liable for, and is indemnified against, any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on any information or material provided in this course (including, without limitation, third party information). As purchaser of this online course, you obtain access to this educational tool and Learning Management System (LMS) at your own risk. IBHRE accepts no responsibility for any interference, loss, damage or disruption to your own computer system which arises in connection with your use of this LMS or any linked website. You must take your own precautions to ensure that the process that you employ to obtain access to this course does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference, which may damage your own computer system.
Terms and Conditions
Material included in this course is copyrighted by IBHRE and may not be reproduced or photographed for any reason. Individuals who purchase access to this online course will receive unique login credentials. These credentials may not be shared with any other party for any purpose.
Use of Copyrighted Material
IBHRE has made every effort to secure permissions to use copyrighted materials obtained from other sources. Wherever possible, material sources and authors are acknowledged. In some cases, material in this course may incorporate or summarize views, standards or recommendations of third parties or comprise material contributed by third party physicians and subject matter experts. Such third party material is assembled in good faith, much of which has been obtained from physician files were sanitized and made anonymous to protect patient privacy. IBHRE makes no representation or warranty about the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any third party information.
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The IBHRE Cardiac Device Education and Self Assessment (CDESA) Course is available in the following formats:
- Desktop and mobile version accessible on certain iPhone, iPad and Android devices
Required Hardware and Software
- Computer Screen
- Screen resolution of 1024x786 or larger
- Sound card and speakers/headphones
Operating System Requirement
- 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor
- Windows 8.x (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Internet Explorer 8.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 31 or later, Google Chrome
- 512MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended); 128MB of graphics memory
- Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
- Mac OS X v10.6, or later
- Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 31 or later, Google Chrome
- 512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
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