University of Southern Indiana

Hypertension Management Certificate Program


Effective management of hypertension requires a systematic and coordinated patient care management. As the numbers increase for patients diagnosed with hypertension, the need for an advanced educational preparation in patient care management has developed.

Description of Program
This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a 7-week, 40-hour continuing education program for nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. Effective management of hypertension requires a systematic and coordinated patient care management. This program focuses on the physiology and pathophysiology of hypertension, patient assessment, lifestyle management, pharmacology, and patient education. The content was designed utilizing the most current standards, guidelines and evidence based practice with review by local and national experts.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
The program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physical and respiratory therapists, physicians, educators, and other health care providers interested in gaining knowledge pertaining to the management of the disease of hypertension.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Physiology/pathophysiology of systemic circulation
  • Patient assessment
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Current guidelines in the management of hypertension
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Adult education
  • Pharmacology treatment of hypertension
  • Application of knowledge to patient scenarios.

Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully manage patients whether at risk of developing or diagnosed with hypertension 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 the vascular system.
  2. Discuss the clinical assessment and laboratory monitoring of the patient.
  3. Identify the key points related to lifestyle modifications in preventing and treating hypertension.
  4. Discuss the indications, dosing, adverse effects, and monitoring of antihypertensive agents.
  5. Formulate effective strategies to teach patients about hypertension and its treatment.
  6. Apply current recommendations on hypertension management to patient situations.

Course Schedule
This 7-week activity is offered two times a year.

Offering dates for 2016:  February 15 & July 25

Offering dates for 2017:  February 13 & July 24

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

For more scheduling information call 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217.

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

Internet via Blackboard
Provides online 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 interact with faculty and other course participants.

The primary mode of communication will be through Blackboard, the learning management system utilized by the University. You will, however, be required to provide a personal email address. We recommend that you do not use your work email address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University, or other students may not be possible and important announcements and other messages may be missed. 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 email account for your course work. and offer free email 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 textbook is not included in the cost of the program.

Edith Hoehn, RN, BSN, CVN

Content Delivery

The program has five modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies and audio visual presentations. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty members who are experts in the area of clinical simulation. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the program.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?
The convenience of online 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 high-fidelity clinical simulation and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Online instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with program 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 emailed within 30 days after 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 expires annually in December unless guidelines or recommendations are released.

The University of Southern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Health Facility Administrators as a sponsor of continuing education programs for health facility administrators (License #98000033A).  Health Facility Administrators will receive 30 hours.

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 CEUs, 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:  0120-9999-14-5210-H01-P which expires 12/31/16.  Initial release date: 01/01/11. Expriation date: 12/31/16. This program is a knowledge-based learning activity.

California nurses will receive 40 hours.


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