University of Southern Indiana

Pain Management Certificate Program

Effective pain management requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared health care professionals. As the treatment options for pain management have increased, the need for advanced educational preparation in patient care management has emerged.

The Pain Management Certificate Program is an interactive continuing education program for health professionals who want to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective, coordinated pain management. Content is delivered through the Internet, on-line conferencing, email, and textbook readings. Participants can complete this program in the convenience of their home or office.

This course is designed to be completed in six weeks and provides 40 continuing education credits.

The program has six modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, and case studies. Leaners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of pain management. A comprehansive examination will be administered at the end of the six week program.

Description of Program
This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a six-week, 40-hour continuing education program for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health professionals concerned with pain management. Effective pain management requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared pain management providers. This program focuses on pain management issues, patient assessment and management, an overview of the pathophysiology of pain, pharmacology of pain management agents, nonpharmacological and invasive procedures, and treating special populations.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care providers who have, or want to prepare for, responsibility for monitoring and managing patients diagnosed with pain.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Pain Management Issues
  • Pathophysiology and Assessment of pain
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pain Management Guidelines
  • Pharmacology of Pain Management
  • Alternative and Invasive Interventions
  • Treating Special Populations

Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully incorporate current therapeutic guidelines and best practice in the management of patients experiencing pain. At the conclusion of the program the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the problem of pain in the United States and list pain management guidelines and policy statements.

  2. Describe the national trends in pain management in the past two decades.

  3. Describe strategies to improve pain management and identify methods to integrate pain assessment in the health care professionals practice.

  4. Identify appropriate pharmocologic and nonpharmacologic interventions for pain management.

  5. Identify JCAHO and other national standards for pain management.

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

Offering dates for 2015:  August 3 (registration deadline July 20).

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

Call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or

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.



  • Melissa Warthen
    Ms. Melissa Warthen
    Instructor in Nursing
    Health Professions Center
    Phone: 812-465-1174

Content Delivery
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 pain 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 pain 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.

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 which is reviewed annually in December, or as guidelines and recomendations are released.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.  California nurses will receive 40 contact 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 upon completion of the program and the program evaluation tool. ACPE Universal Program Number:  0120-9999-14-205-H04-P which expires 12/31/16.  Initial Release Date: 01/01/11. Expiration Date: 12/31/13. There is an additional $80.00 charge for pharmacists requesting contact hours. This is a knowledge-based programs activity.


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