Assessment of Cardiac Murmurs

This presentation is one that will help take the clinician from novice to expert in the assessment of cardiac murmurs. We will provide a brief review of normal anatomy discussing the location and function of heart valves. Then move into specialty exam techniques and maneuvers to help the clinician distinguish advanced cardiac murmurs. Throughout the presentation, cardiac murmur recordings are utilized for actual audible learning of assessment findings. Case study examples are also used to provide additional clinical scenarios and opportunities to practice listening, allowing for building enhanced skill levels.

Credits: 1.50 contact hours; 0.00 are pharmacology
Expiration Date: June 30, 2024



As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Briefly review normal cardiac anatomy and physiology as well as cardiac physical exam; emphasis on exam techniques to detect cardiac abnormalities.
  2. Discuss auscultation techniques and differentiation of classic cardiac murmurs. 
  3. Case study application with the use of specialty phone application for honing of skills. 


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Susan is a dual certified FNP and ACNP who has been in practice for over 22 years. She has diverse experience spanning pediatrics, family practice, cardiology and in-patient ICU/CV surgery. She has enjoyed the extensive foundation this has provided her. During this time she has developed a passion for taking seemingly complex concepts and breaking them down into manageable puzzles pieces that we build together. Over the past several years, she has specialized in obesity medicine which has been a thrill to discover a specialty where she gets to assist her patients in risk reduction, disease remission and see quality of life improve on a daily basis.


Obtain Your Credits

To earn credits for this activity, you must complete all course components in the following order: 1) complete a three-question pre-test; 2) watch the course presentation video; 3) complete the course evaluation; 4) pass the post-test with a score of 2/3 (66.7%) or higher. You may retake the post-test until a passing score is achieved, at which point you will be able to view/print a copy of your certificate of completion. This online certificate will also be saved within your profile dashboard transcript for future access.

Designation Statement

NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours, of which 0.00 is pharmacology credit. Participants should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

In addition to ANCC, NPACE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP8720 and Florida CE Broker #50-1476.



Contributing faculty, Susan Bowlin, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, CBN, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


All planners and contributors involved in this educational activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


The material presented in this continuing education program is being made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to represent the best or only methods, medications and/or guidelines appropriate for the medical situation discussed. Rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the presenter(s), which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners and should not be used by clinicians without the evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. NPACE disclaims any liability, loss, injury, or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any information given in a presentation.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may mention the uses of products that are not approved by the FDA for the indication(s) being discussed. The presenter(s) are instructed to notify participants when they are discussing unapproved uses or investigational agents. The opinions related to unapproved uses of products are solely those of the presenter(s) and are not endorsed or recommended by NPACE. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.


3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/3 points to pass This pre-test is a non-graded assessment tool we use to establish a baseline and determine a participant's pre-existing knowledge.
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
Course Evaluation
13 Questions
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available