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Description of Program

Bridging therapy in anticoagulation is often needed for two common scenarios.  One scenario is with acute therapy for venous thromboembolism (VTE), and the other surrounds perioperative/procedural care. The content of this program examines the purpose of bridging therapy, differentiates between the types of bridge therapy, reviews scoring tools for risk stratification, and outlines common examples of appropriate use of bridge therapy.

Who Should Enroll in this Program?

This program is designed for English-speaking nurses and pharmacists involved in the management of patients requiring bridging anticoagulation therapy. Other members of the healthcare team involved in the management of patients requiring bridging anticoagulation therapy may be interested in the content as well.

Program Content

The content covers the primary purpose of bridging therapy, acute vs. perioperative bridge therapy, review of scoring tools for risk stratification,  principles of adult learning, and outcome measurement.

A textbook is not required for this program.

Learning Outcome

The learning outcome of this learning activity is to enable the learner to identify and plan for care of patients needing anticoagulation bridging therapy.

Program Objectives

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

  1. Differentiate bridge therapy by describing the difference between acute bridge therapy for treatment of new VTE vs. perioperative bridge therapy
  2. Explain the primary purpose of perioperative bridge therapy and considerations that can guide clinical decision making
  3. Identify validated scoring tools that allow for objective risk stratification
  4. Outline common examples of clinical interventions related to appropriate use of bridge therapy

Delivery of Content

The learner will view the recording via the link provided and work independently through the content. The independent study provides an opportunity to learn while in the comfort of your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns and/or questions about the content. After the learner works through the content, she/he will complete the program evaluation.

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours

2 contact hours

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for two contact hours. Both hours of this content meet 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 two 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 2.0 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.
  • View the recording.
  • Review the resources and clinical guidelines.
  • Complete program evaluation which includes questions to assess your knowledge of the content. An email containing the certificate of completion will be sent immediately after completing the program evaluation.

Faculty Name and Credentials

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

Anita Hagan, DNP, RN, CNS
Kelli Lovell, PharmD, CACP, CFCP, MMCP
Jennifer Palmer, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Conflict of Interest Statement

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

Expiration date: June, 2025

Accreditation Statements

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 2 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.

Upon submission of registration, you will receive an email with a link to the program content.

Enrollment Cost


The fee includes access to the program, along with all resources and handouts. 

Refund Policy

Refunds are not available for this program.

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

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