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Hypertension Management Certificate Program
Effective management of hypertension requires a systematic and coordinated patient care management. As the numbers increase for patients diagnosed with hypertension, the need for an advanced educational preparation in patient care management has developed.
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This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a six week, 40 hour continuing education program for nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. Effective management of hypertension requires a systematic and coordinated patient care management. This program focuses on the physiology and pathophysiology of hypertension, patient assessment, lifestyle management, pharmacology, and patient education. The content was designed utilizing The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee of Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure and has been reviewed by local and national expects.
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.
Instruction will include the following content:
- Physiology/pathophysiology of systemic circulation
- Patient assessment
- Diagnostic tools
- Current guidelines in the management of hypertension
- Lifestyle modifications
- Adult education
- Pharmacology treatment of hypertension
- Application of knowledge to patient scenarios.
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this continuing education program is to provide an opportunity for physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals to increase their knowledge and expertise in managing patients to prevent hypertension, develop treatment plans based on evidence based recommendations, and reduce the risk of complications associated with hypertension .At the conclusion of the program the participant will be able to:
- Describe the physiology and pathophysiology of the vascular system.
- Discuss the clinical assessment and laboratory monitoring of the patient.
- Identify the key points related to lifestyle modifications in preventing and treating hypertension
- Discuss the indications, dosing, adverse effects, and monitoring of antihypertensive agents.
- Formulate effective strategies to teach patients about hypertension and its treatment.
- Apply current recommendations on hypertension management to patient situations.
This 5 week course is offered two times a year.
Offering dates for 2013: February 18 (registration deadline February 1), and July 29 (registration deadline July 12).
We reserve the right to cancel any offering due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified will in advance if this occurs.
For more scheduling information call 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217. Space is limited so please enroll early.
Fee includes online instruction, handouts, and a comprehensive exam.
The textbook is not included in the cost of the program.
A $25 administrative fee will be charged prior to the start date of the course if
the registration fee has been paid.
On or after the start date of the class there will be no refund.
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A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:
Internet via Blackboard
Provides online instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.
The primary mode of communication will be through Blackboard, the learning management system utilized by the University. You will however, be required to provide a personal email address. We recommend that you do not use your work email address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University, or other students may not be possible and important announcements and other messages may be missed. We also do not recommend you use AOL, for similar reasons. AOL accounts include spam prevention-type filters and our communication with you may be filtered out.
We recommend you obtain a separate email account for your course work. Yahoo.com and MSN.com offer free email accounts.
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.
If using a personal computer, it is recommended that the computer have Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, or Mac OS X. For compatibility, you will want to have access to Microsoft Office 2010, Office 2007, or Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, or Office 2008 for Mac. In some cases, Office Live may be sufficient. For some course content, you may also need Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and/or Windows Media Player (Flip4Mac WMV Components for QuickTime). Additionally, a broadband Internet connection would be very beneficial; AOL is not recommended. Lastly, if your course uses the Blackboard e-Learning platform, you may wish to verify that you have a compatible web browser.
If your computer is more than 6 years old or does not meet the requirements for running one the above versions of Microsoft Office (Windows system requirements / Mac system requirements), you may want to consider purchasing a new computer.
Information on the textbook will be forwarded upon registration. The cost of the textbook is not included in the cost of the program.
- Kelly Dugger PharmD
- M. Nance Fiester MEd, RN
- Edith Hoehn, BSN, RN, CVRN
- M. Jane Swartz, APRN, MSN
The program has five modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies and audio visual presentations. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty members who are expert in the area of clinical simulation. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the program.
The convenience of online instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the 4 week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of high fidelity clinical simulation and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Online instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with program faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.
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 emailed approximately 2 weeks after completion of the course.
Nurses will receive 40 hours.
The University of Southern Indiana, College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Health Facility Administrators will receive 30 hours.
The University of Southern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Health Facility Administrators as a sponsor of continuing education programs for health facility administrators (License #98000033A).
California nurses will receive 40 hours.
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.
The 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 CEUs, 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: 0120-9999-11-206-H04-P. Initial release date: 01/01/11. Expriation date: 12/31/13. This program is a knowledge-based learning activity.