University of Southern Indiana

Lipid Management Program

Description of Program
Increased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides are associated with morbidity and mortality from vascular diseases.  Hypercholesterolemia can be related to dietary choices or familial genetics. Patients with diabetes, hypothyroidism, and excess alcohol intake are prone to abnormal lipid metabolism. Thus the evaluation and management of lipid disorders require the healthcare professional to be knowledgeable of laboratory evaluation, risk assessment, primary prevention and treatment. This program was designed utilizing the latest clinical guidelines and content focus for the certification examination.  

Information regarding the certification examination specific to dyslipidemia management by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology can be obtained at www.lipidspecialist.org

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 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, primary and secondary causes of dyslipidemia, genetic, patient assessment, diagnostic tests, pharmacology, lifestyle management, patient education, and administrative management. 

A textbook is not required for this program.   

Program Schedule
This nine-week activity is offered two times a year.  

2017 Dates
Start End
Jan. 23 March 24
Sept. 4 Nov. 3

Learning Outcome
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

Program Objectives
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 latest clinical 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.

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 (6 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 continuing education credits of which 6 hours are specific to Pharmacology credit.  

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 is a means 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 certificates will be sent via email within approximately 30 days following the completion of the program.

Faculty Name 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
M. Jane Swartz DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

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.


State of California

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

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) School of Nursing and Health Professions works closely with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance to offer several online continuing pharmacy education (CPE) programs. The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Refer to the course descriptions to determine if the course includes CPE and review the requirements.


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