University of Southern Indiana

Anticoagulation Therapy Management Certificate Program

Effective anticoagulation therapy requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared anticoagulation therapy providers. As the use of anticoagulant therapy has increased in the last few years, the need for advanced educational preparation in patient care management has emerged.

Description of Program

This interactive online interprofessional certificate program is a continuing education program intended for nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and physicians. Effective anticoagulation therapy requires a systematic and coordinated patient care approach by knowledgeable healthcare professionals.  This program is divided into modules covering the physiology of the clotting system, pathophysiology of thromboembolic disorders, patient assessment and management, pharmacology of antithrombotic agents (oral and parenteral), patient education and administrative procedures. The content employs the current guidelines to discuss the management of antithrombotic agents in the acute setting or long-term use and patient populations such as the hospitalized patient, a patient with a thromboembolic event, a patient with atrial fibrillation, the pregnant female, and children. The program organization was designed utilizing the domains established by the National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers and is reviewed by local and national experts. 

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare practitioners who have, or want to prepare for, responsibility for monitoring and managing outpatient anticoagulation therapy.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Physiology and pathophysiology of thromboembolic disorders
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Pharmacology of antithrombotic agents
  • Patient Education
  • Program administrative and reimbursement procedures

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of the program the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the physiology and pathophysiology of the coagulation system.
  2. Discuss the clinical assessment and laboratory monitoring of the patient receiving anticoagulant therapy.
  3. Discuss the indications, dosing, adverse effects, and monitoring of antithrombotic agents.
  4. Formulate effective teaching plans for the patient receiving anticoagulant therapy.
  5. Describe the administrative/operational components important in providing a quality anticoagulation service.

Information regarding the Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP) national certification exam can be obtained from the National Certification Board of Anticoagulation Providers.

Program Schedule
This activity is offered five times a year. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start date. 

Offering dates for 2016:  July 25 (registration deadline July 11), and October 10 (registration deadline September 26).

Offering dates for 2017:  January 9, March 13, May 15, July 24, and October 9.

For more schedule information, call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or e-mail

We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance if this occurs.

Expiration Date: 

This program is revised annually in December, or as guidelines and recommendations are released.

Program Faculty
Kelly Dugger, PharmD
Edith Hoehn, RN, BSN, CVN
M. Jane Swartz, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC
Colleen Walsh, DNP, RN, CS, ONP-C, ACNP-BC

Delivery of Program Content

The program consists of six modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, reading assignments, study questions, and instructor feedback. Additionally, audio/video recordings, case studies, and web resources, may be used, to augment the teaching process. These instruction methods should provide participants flexibility in completing assignments, and in corresponding with instructors. Participants will have many opportunities to interact with practitioners and faculty who are experts in the area of anticoagulation therapy. A comprehensive final examination will be administered at the end of the six-week program.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?
The convenience of on-line instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week. Participants will learn from experts in the area of anticoagulation management and have the opportunity to network with other activity participants from across the country. Internet instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with activity faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Contact Hours
A Continuing Education Certificate will be awarded following successful completion of study guide questions, an online comprehensive examination (with a passing score of 70% or higher) and submission of an activity evaluation. Certificates will be mailed within approximately 30 days after the completion of the activity.

The program content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority license. Nurses will receive 40 total continuing education credits of which 13 are specific to Pharmacology credit.  

ANCC Accredited Distincion Logo V6 ProviderThe University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378. 

AcpelogoThe Indiana Pharmacists Alliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants will receive 40 contact hours or 4.0 CEU's for successful completion of this program. CE statements of credit will be distributed upon completion of the program and the program evaluation tool. ACPE Universal Program Number 0120-999-16-201-H01-P and it expires 12/31/18. Initial Release Date: 07/02/13. There is an additional $80.00 charge for pharmacists requesting contact hours. NOTE: Pharmacists requesting CEs must request them during registration. This is a knowledge-based program activity.


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