University of Southern Indiana

Anticoagulation Therapy Management Program

Description of Program
Effective anticoagulation therapy requires a systematic and coordinated patient care management by knowledgeable healthcare professionals. The content of this program employs the current guidelines to discuss the management of oral and parenteral antithrombotic agents. The patient populations encompass the acute setting for hospitalized patients as well as those requiring chronic use such as patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thrombotic event.  The use of antithrombotic agents in the pregnant female and children is also included. The program was designed utilizing the domains established by the National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers for the certification examination.  

Information regarding the Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider national certification exam can be obtained at

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

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty.  Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty. Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to study guides, within discussion boards, or via email. The modules cover normal physiology, pathophysiology of thromboembolic conditions, patient assessment, diagnostic tests, and pharmacology of antithrombotic agents, patient education, and administrative concerns.

Participants have the option to purchase a text for this program.

Program Schedule
This eight-week activity is offered five times a year. The deadline for registration is the Monday prior to the start date by 8 a.m. CDT.

2018 Dates
Start End
January 8 March 2
March 12 May 4
May 14 July 6
July 23 September 14
October 8 November 30

2019 Dates



January 7

March 1

March 11

May 3

May 13

July 5

July 22

September 13

October 7

November 29

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner to incorporate best practices to the clinical practice of managing anticoagulation therapy utilizing current guidelines through interprofessional collaborative practice. 

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the physiology of the coagulation system.
  2. Relate the pathophysiology in the health conditions requiring anticoagulation management.
  3. Recognize the patient assessment findings pertinent to the management of anticoagulation therapy.
  4. Differentiate and evaluate the results of the diagnostic tests used in anticoagulation therapy.
  5. Discuss the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of the various antithrombotic agents.
  6. Apply the current guidelines to their clinical practice.
  7. Formulate effective teaching plans for patients receiving anticoagulation therapy.
  8. Describe the administrative/operational components in providing excellence in anticoagulation service.
  9. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.  

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
40 contact hours (13 hours specific to Pharmacotherapeutics)

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 contact hours of which 13 hours are specific to Pharmacology.

Pharmacists will receive 4 CEUs or 40 contact hours for completion of this program. The Pharmacists Education Foundation is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. ACPE accreditation #0120-9999-16-201-H01-P. Expiration date: January 2, 2019.

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of study guides for each module, receive a passing score of 70% or better on comprehensive final, and submission of program evaluation.

The certificate of completion will be sent via email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Faculty Names and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.    

Colleen Walsh, DNP, RN, CS, ONP-C, ACNP-BC
Kelly Dugger, Pharm D
Edith Hoehn, BSN, RN, CVN
Holly Jahn, PharmD, CACP

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation with Distinction

The University 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. USI was recognized as accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018.


Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The University of Southern Indiana and Indiana Pharmacists Alliance co-sponsor this educational program.

Refer to the course descriptions to determine if the course includes CPE and review the requirements.

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

Contact Dr. M. Jane Swartz


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