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A recent participant commented, "I feel I have achieved my personal learning goals. This is an excellent course, which I have recommended to some of my co-workers already. I have a much better understanding of anticoagulation therapy, and have learned strategies I will use with my patients. What I have learned has also led to productive discussions with providers in my office." 

Description of Program

Effective anticoagulation therapy requires a systematic and coordinated patient care management by knowledgeable healthcare professionals. The content of this program employs the current guidelines to discuss the management of oral and parenteral antithrombotic agents. The patient populations encompass the acute setting for hospitalized patients as well as those requiring chronic use such as patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thrombotic event. The use of antithrombotic agents in the pregnant female and children is also included. The program was designed utilizing the domains established by the National Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers for the certification examination.

Information regarding the Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider national certification exam can be obtained at

Who Should Enroll in this Program?

This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, advance practice registered nurses, and pharmacists. Other members of the healthcare team who have or want to prepare for the responsibility of monitoring and managing ambulatory anticoagulation therapy may be interested in the content as well.

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 and 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 of thromboembolic conditions, patient assessment, diagnostic tests, and pharmacology of antithrombotic agents, patient education, and administrative concerns.

Participants have the option to purchase a text for this program.

Program Schedule

This eight-week activity is offered four times a year. The deadline for registration is the Wednesday prior to the start date.

2024 Dates
January 15
March 25
July 29
October 14

Learning Outcome

The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner to incorporate best practices to the clinical practice of managing anticoagulation therapy utilizing current guidelines through interprofessional collaborative practice.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the physiology of the coagulation system.
  2. Relate the pathophysiology in the health conditions requiring anticoagulation management.
  3. Recognize the patient assessment findings pertinent to the management of anticoagulation therapy.
  4. Differentiate and evaluate the results of the diagnostic tests used in anticoagulation therapy.
  5. Discuss the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of the various antithrombotic agents.
  6. Apply the current guidelines to their clinical practice.
  7. Formulate effective teaching plans for patients receiving anticoagulation therapy.
  8. Describe the administrative/operational components in providing excellence in anticoagulation service.
  9. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

Delivery of Content

The content is delivered asynchronously 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. Firewalls may block access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may also be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours

40 contact hours (13 hours specific to Pharmacotherapeutics)

The University of Southern Indiana designates this activity for 40 contact hours with 13 contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutics for nurses. Thirteen hours of this content meets the pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice registered nurse prescriptive authority license.

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this knowledge-based Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) activity for 40 contact hours for completion of this program. Pharmacists who request to have their contact hours reported to the Certified Pharmacy Education Monitor (CPE) must indicate this request during registration and include the correct NABP e-PID# and Birthdate (mmdd).

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for a maximum of 40.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following the successful completion of the study guides for each module, receiving a passing score of 70% or better on the comprehensive final and submission of the program evaluation.

The certificate of completion will be sent via autogenerated email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Faculty Names and Credentials

We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.

M. Jane Swartz, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN
Stephanie Diersing, PharmD, BCACP
Edith Hoehn, MSN, RN, CVN
Holly Jahn, PharmD, CSP

Conflict of Interest Statement

No individual in a position to control content has any relevant financial relationships.

Accreditation Statements

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 40 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning (CHPLL). The CHPLL is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

State of California

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

Online Registration Form

To Register: Click on the link above. We recommend utilizing Chrome or Firefox with a computer or tablet to register for our programs.

Registration Policy

Registration closes the Wednesday prior to the start date.

Registration by invoicing employer closes two weeks prior to the start date. There is a $25 fee to invoice.

We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is insufficient enrollment. Registered participants will be notified in advance and fully refunded if this occurs.

Registration may not be available until closer to the start date.

Enrollment Cost


The fee includes access to the program, along with all resources and handouts. A text, if applicable, is not included in the fee.

Pharmacists who request to have their contact hours reported to the Certified Pharmacy Education Monitor (CPE) must indicate this request during registration and include the correct NABP e-PID# and Birthdate (mmdd). NOTE: Reporting of CEs should be requested during registration. There is an additional $50 charge for reporting.

Physicians who request to have their contact hours reported must indicate this request during registration and include Birthdate (mmdd), licensing ID, and licensing state. NOTE: Reporting of CEs should be requested during registration. There is an additional $50 charge for reporting.

Refund Policy

A $50 administrative fee will be charged prior to the start date of the activity if the registration fee has been paid. No refund will be provided on or after the start date of the class.

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

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