University of Southern Indiana

Stroke Management Certificate Program

Description of Program
The ever-changing field of health care continually affords new opportunities for clinical practice, expanding to include inpatient and outpatient client management.  Primary and secondary management of patients with a risk for stroke has become a cardinal area of concern for health providers as they seek to improve patient outcomes. The potential benefits of improving stroke management include decreased number of hospitalizations, better utilization of health care resources, higher percentage of patients maintained within the desired goal, improved patient education and compliance with therapy, and cost effectiveness of care.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
The Stroke certificate program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare team members who have or are seeking responsibility for the management of stroke. This interactive Internet program provides 40 hours of continuing education credits on the acute and rehabilitative management of stroke. The program will focus on physiology and pathophysiology, assessment of risk factors, and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. A review of principles of adult education and the program requirements for a certified stroke center will be discussed. The content has been reviewed by local and national experts.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Structure and function of the central nervous system
  • Primary and secondary prevention of stroke
  • Assessment and diagnostic test pertinent to the management of stroke
  • Emergent management of patient with an ischemic stroke
  • Emergent management of patient with a hemorrhagic stroke
  • Rehabilitation focus following a stroke
  • Primary stroke certification

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 stroke 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 neurologic system.
  2. Discuss the clinical assessment and laboratory monitoring of the patient with neurological deficits.
  3. Identify the key points related to primary prevention of stroke.
  4. Discuss the emergent and acute management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  5. Formulate effective strategies for rehabilitation following a stroke and secondary prevention.
  6. Identify the characteristics of a stroke center certification.
  7. Apply principles of teaching/learning for educating patient and families on stroke and stroke prevention. 

Successful completion of this program does not indicate expertise in the field of stroke. Clinical experience, demonstrated positive patient outcomes, and good clinical judgment coupled with the core understanding of neurovascular content is necessary to attain competency in the management of patients. Information regarding a national certification exam (cardiovascular) can be obtained through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The website is The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses is in the process of offering a certification in stroke. For current information, consult the website

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

Offering dates for 2015: September 14 (registration deadline August 31).

We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is 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 Sharri Herriott at

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.

Diana Everley, BSN, RN, CNRN-BC, SCRN
M. Jane Swartz, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC

Delivery of Program Content
The program has 5 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 stroke therapy. 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 stroke 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.


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 recommendations are released.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.  California nurses will receive 40 hours.


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