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The Cardiac Medicine Subspecialty Certification (CMC) Exam offered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation qualifies successful candidates as Certified Cardiac Medicine Nurses.

In order for a candidate to sit for the CMC exam, they must first meet the eligibility requirements set by the AACN.

* Candidate must have a valid RN license issued from the US or Canada.
* Candidate need to have accumulated 1,750 hours of direct bedside care in the past two years. Of those hours, 875 need to be accrued in direct care of acute or critical patients.

* Candidates need certification from the NCCA or ABNS.
* Every candidate must submit information for a professional reference, preferably a supervising nurse or physician in a supervising role.

The CMC exam fee runs $140 for AACN members or $185 for non-members. Candidates must pay the fee at the time they submit their exam. Upon acceptance, the candidate will be given a choice of exam dates and will be able to choose a computer-based testing center located near them. On the exam day, candidates should arrive at the testing center at least fifteen minutes early and bring two forms of photo identification.

Candidates will have two hours to complete the CMC exam. The exam consists of 90 multiple choice questions, of which 75 will be counted towards the final grade. The majority of the exam questions focus on adult cardiac patient care. Candidates will be asked to make clinical judgments in response to a question.

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