University of Southern Indiana

Heart Failure Certificate Program


Effective management of patients with heart failure requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared heart failure therapy providers. As the numbers of patients with heart failure increase, the need for advanced educational preparation in patient care management has emerged.

Description of Program
This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a seven-week, 40-hour continuing education program for nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. Effective management of patients with heart failure requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared heart failure therapy providers. This program focuses on the physiology and pathophysiology of heart failure, patient assessment and management, pharmacology of drugs used in the management of heart failure, nonpharmacological treatment options, and patient education and program administrative procedures. The content has been 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 heart failure patients.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system
  • Patient assessment and management
  • Applied pharmacology and management of heart gailure
  • Nonpharmacological and surgical treatment of heart failure
  • Patient education, programs, and outcomes.

Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully manage patients with heart failure based on current therapeutic guidelines and best practice.  At the conclusion of the program the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe the physiology and pathophysiology of heart failure.
2. Discuss the clinical assessment and classifications of the patient with heart failure.
3. Discuss the indications, dosing, adverse effects, and monitoring of drugs used to manage heart failure.
4. Formulate effective teaching plans for the patients with heart failure.
5. Discuss surgical and non-surgical cardiac interventions for patients with heart failure.
6. Describe the administrative/operational components important in providing a quality heart failure service.

Course Schedule
This seven-week activity is offered two times a year.

Offering dates for 2016:  January 11 & September 19

Offering dates for 2017:  January 9 & September 18

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

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

Instruction Methods
A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:

Provides on-line instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.

Computer Conferencing
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.

Allows learners to freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.

We recommend that you do not use your work e-mail address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University, or other students may not get through and you will not see the message. We also do not recommend you use AOL, for similar reasons. AOL accounts include spam prevention-type filters and our communication with you may be filtered-out. We recommend you obtain a separate e-mail account for your course work. and offer free e-mail accounts.

Telephone Consultation
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.

Information on the textbook will be forwarded upon registration. The cost of the text is not included in the registration fee.

Dawn Worman, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC
M. Jane Swartz, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC

Delivery of Program Content
The program has five modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies, and test questions. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of heart failure therapy. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the seven-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 7-week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of heart failure management and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Internet instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with course faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Continuing Education Credits
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 a course evaluation. Certificates will be sent via email within 30 days after the completion of the course.

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 8 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.

This activity is an enduring program which is reviewed annually in December.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.  California nurses will receive 40 hours.

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 at the end of the program and the program evaluation tool. ACPE Universal Program Number 0120-9999-16-201-H04-P and it expires 12/31/18. Initial Release Date: 01/02/13. There is an additional $80 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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