University of Southern Indiana

Hypertension Management Program- Independent Study

Description of program
Hypertension is a modifiable risk factor for stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, aortic dissection, atrial fibrillation, and end-stage kidney disease. The asymptomatic characteristic of hypertension can delay diagnosis and treatment. As the increasing risk of obesity and aging of the population, the incidence and prevalence of hypertension also rises. Effective management of hypertension requires an interprofessional and coordinated patient care approach. The program was designed utilizing the latest clinical guidelines and test plans for the certification examinations. 

Information about the Cardiac-vascular nursing certification exam by the American Nurses Credentialing Center can be obtained at

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
The program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physical and respiratory therapists, physicians, educators, and other health care providers interested in gaining knowledge pertaining to the management of the disease of hypertension.

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, and 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, or via email. The modules cover normal physiology, pathophysiology of systemic circulation, patient assessment, diagnostic tests, pharmacology, patient education, and patient management with considerations of age, gender, race/ethnicity. 

A text is not required for this program.

Program Schedule

Completion of the program is required within one year of registration.

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully manage patients whether at primary prevention or diagnosed with hypertension based on current therapeutic guidelines and best practice through interprofessional collaborative practice. 

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of the program the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the physiology and pathophysiology of the vascular system.
  2. Discuss the clinical assessment and laboratory monitoring of the patient.
  3. Identify the key points related to lifestyle modifications in preventing and treating hypertension.
  4. Discuss the indications, dosing, adverse effects, and monitoring of antihypertensive agents.
  5. Formulate effective strategies to teach patients about hypertension and its treatment.
  6. Apply current recommendations on hypertension management to patient situations.
  7. Assimilate evidence based interprofessional collaborative practice.

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 (8 hours specific to Pharmacotherapeutics)

The University of Southern Indiana designates this activity for 40 contact hours with 8 contact hours related to pharmacotherapeutics for nurses.  Eight 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 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 certificate of completion will be sent via email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

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

Edith Hoehn, MSN, RN, CVN
M. Jane Swartz, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Conflict of Interest Statement
No individual in a position to control content has any relevant financial relationships.

Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning 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), the American Psychological Association (APA), 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.

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