University of Southern Indiana

Lipid Management Certificate Program

Description of Program
This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a six-week, 48-hour continuing education program for pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. The program consists of six modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies, and test questions. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are experts in the area of lipid management.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who want to enhance or develop the knowledge and skills necessary for quality lipid management.

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

  1. Identify the functions and sources of cholesterol
  2. Identify the functions and sources of triglycerides and describe the five major classes of lipoproteins.
  3. Identify primary and secondary causes of dyslipidemia.
  4. List common physical aberrations associated with elevated lipids.
  5. Identify appropriate tests that contribute to t he diagnosis of hyperlipidemia.
  6. Apply the 2013 AHA/ACA Guidelines in the management and treatment of lipids.
  7. Explain the principles of pharmacological management of high cholesterol and outline the effect of each agent on atherosclerotic disease, serum lipids, and lipoprotein metabolism.
  8. Describe the step I and step II diets and other modifications that can be made for some patient subgroups.
  9. Identify the relationship between a regular exercise behavior and the risk of coronary artery disease, specifically serum lipids.
  10. Outline the physiologic response to stress and General Adaptation Syndrome.
  11. Document all phases of the educational process including needs assessment and implementation of the teaching plan.
  12. Identify the issues that are important for development and support of a lipid management service.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Lifestyle Management
    • Diet
    • Exercise
    • Stress
  • Education
  • Administrative Management and Reimbursement

Featuring an "Ask the Expert" Session
National experts will be available to answer your most challenging lipid management questions.

Course Schedule
This 6 week course is offered two times a year.

Offering dates for 2015: January 26 (registration deadline January 12), September 7 (registration deadline August 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 information,
Call toll free
1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217
or e-mail usi1nhpcert@usi.edu

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

Internet
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.

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

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

Equipment Required
Participants will need a computer with Internet access and an e-mail account.

We recommend that you do not use your work e-mail address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Comunication 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. Yahoo.com and MSN.com offer free e-mail accounts.

Faculty
Karen Jones, RNC, MSN
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 has six 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 lipid management. A comprehensive 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 lipid 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 mailed approximately 30 days after the completion of the course.

Nurses will receive 40 hours.

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.

This activity is an enduring program and is revised annually in December.

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. ACPE Universal Program Number 0120-9999-12-202-H04-P. Initial Release Date: 01/01/09. Expiration Date: 12/23/14. 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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