Minnesota Chapter of DDNA

CCRN Review eCourse

CE Information
12.0 contact hours
Completion Time
12 hours
Available Until
May 28, 2026
Posted By
Critical Care Academy
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Acute Care, Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, Neurology, Professional Development, and Pulmonary
Clinical Topics
Acute Coronary Syndrome, Acute Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Anemia of CKD, Autoimmune Disorders, Bleeding Disorders, COPD, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Health Literacy, Heart Disease, Hepatitis, Infectious Disease, Kidney Disease, Metabolic Disorders, Nephrology, PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension), Pulmonary Fibrosis, Respiratory, and Stroke

What’s included:

  • Over 400 minutes of high fidelity video-based eLearning
  • Printable Handouts to follow along with each module
  • 9 Practice quizzes with answers and rationales provided
  • Final Exam with answers and rationales provided
  • 6 months of UNLIMITED access
  • Certificate with 12 Contact Hours awarded upon course completion

Learning Objectives

  • Review important anatomy and physiology for each body system and identify key normal and abnormal assessment findings
  • Explore various disease’s etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic studies, and nursing interventions commonly used in managing critical care and progressive care patients.
  • Compare several complex disease states in terms of clinical findings and diagnostic, complications, and nursing interventions
  • Review various shock states and differentiate treatment options for each type.
  • Interpret and analyze hemodynamic parameters, lab values, and selection of pharmacologic therapies to optimize perfusion and organ functions.
  • Discuss common respiratory impairments seen in the acute care setting and concepts in ventilator management.
  • Review types of diabetes, and discuss the effects of various neuro-endocrine hormones on body systems
  • Recognize normal and abnormal physiology of coagulation, fibrinolysis, and inflammation that may occur in patients with sepsis or coagulation disorders.
  • Utilize case studies to identify signs and symptoms of diseases related to the CCRN test plan, including cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, endocrine, and renal system


Nicholas McGowan
Nicholas McGowan MSN, RN, CCRN

Nicholas is a critical care nurse with 15 years of experience in cardiovascular, surgical intensive care, and neurological trauma nursing. But Nicholas doesn’t just want to work with patients: he puts his background in education, leadership, and public speaking to work so he can help other nurses. Nicholas holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, and believes that nurses need modern, engaging, mobile-friendly CCRN review courses. That’s why he created the most effective online CCRN review course in existence. He is fueled by his passion for innovative approaches, adult learning theories, and evidence-based practices based on technology. Nicholas is a lifelong learner who builds on his foundation of critical care nursing, which he uses directly at the bedside, where he still practices. Nicholas is a leader in his field, where he has served as President of the AACN Inland Empire Chapter and led over 500 members in the Southern California region. Nicholas also piloted the Rapid Response program for one of the largest healthcare organizations in the nation. He consults with regional healthcare organizations on critical care education, CCRN review, and Rapid Response programs. Nicholas enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as Ironman Triathlons. He is a devoted father of two young boys. When he’s not teaching nursing courses or caring for critically-ill patients, you can find him coaching Little League and fighting off “pirate-ninjas” lurking under the bed.

CE Information

This activity offers 12.0 contact hours to attendees.

Accredited by California Board of Registered Nursing.

Critical Care Academy is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP17001 for 12 contact hours. 


By enrolling in and accessing the content of this Critical Care Nursing eLearning course, you acknowledge and agree to the following terms:

Educational Purpose: The content provided in this course is for educational purposes only and is designed to supplement your knowledge and skills in critical care nursing.

Non-Substitutive Nature: The information and resources available in this course are not intended to replace, alter, or override your professional judgment, clinical decision-making, or established nursing practices.

Reference to Hospital Policies: You must always refer to and adhere to your hospital's policies, procedures, and protocols for the provision of patient care. The guidelines and recommendations provided in this course may not be applicable or appropriate in all clinical settings or situations.

Professional Responsibility: It is your responsibility to ensure that your practice is consistent with the standards and regulations set forth by your licensing board, accrediting bodies, and employing institution. Always seek guidance and clarification from your supervisors or hospital administration when in doubt.

Limitation of Liability: The creators, instructors, and distributors of this course disclaim any liability for direct or indirect damages arising from the use or misuse of the information provided. This includes, but is not limited to, liability for errors, omissions, or any adverse outcomes resulting from the application of course content in clinical practice.

No Guarantee of Competence: Completion of this course does not guarantee competence in critical care nursing. Competence is achieved through a combination of formal education, clinical experience, and ongoing professional development.

Amendments: The terms of this disclosure may be updated or modified at any time without prior notice. It is your responsibility to review these terms regularly to ensure continued compliance.

By accessing and participating in this course, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the above terms and conditions.

Refund Policy: Learner acknowledges that the Pass Guarantee is only valid if the course was completed and the certification exam is taken within 90 days from the date of course purchase/enrollment. Verification of exam results must be provided in order to process course refund. Once the course has been accessed, no refunds will be provided for any other reason.

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