University of Southern Indiana

Lipid Management Certificate Program

Description of Program

This interactive Internet Certificate Program is an eight-week, 40-hour continuing education program for pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare 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 healthcare professionals who want to enhance or develop the knowledge and skills necessary for quality lipid management.

Program Specifics

  1. Pathophysiology
  2. Assessment
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Lifestyle Management-includes Diet, Exercise, & Stress
  5. Education
  6. Administrative Management and Reimbursement

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 the 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.

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

Offering dates for 2016:  January 25 & September 5

Offering dates for 2017:  January 23 & September 4

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.

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. 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.

M. Jane Swartz, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC
Colleen Walsh, DNP, RN, CS, ONP-C, ACNP-BC

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 eight-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 8-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 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 6 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 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 0120-9999-14-029-H04-P. Initial Release Date: 01/01/09. Expiration Date: 12/31/17. 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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