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 an six-week 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. After successful completion of the requirements, the participant will be awarded a certificate of completion for forty (40) hours of continuing education.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care 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

Purpose of Activity
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully manage patients receiving Anticoagulation therapy based on current therapeutic guidelines and best practice.

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 National Certification Board of Anticoagulation Providers national certification exam can be obtained through the Anticoagulation Forum.

Activity Schedule
This six-week activity is offered five times a year. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start date. 

Offering dates for 2015:  January 12 (registration deadline Dec 29, 2014), March 16 (registration deadline March 2), May 18 (registration deadline May 4), July 27 (registration deadline July 13), October 12, (registration deadline Sept 28).

For more schedule information, call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or e-mail usi1nhpcert@usi.edu.

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

Expiration Date:  December 12, 2014

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

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

Program Manager
Karen Jones, RN, MSN

Delivery of Program Content
The program consists of six, one week 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 during the 6 week period. 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.

Nurses will receive 40 hours. The program content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority license in Indiana.

Accreditation
Ancc ProviderUniversity of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited 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 0120-9999-13-201-H01-P. Initial Release Date: 07/02/13. Expiration Date: 12/31/15. 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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