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Effective pain management requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared health care professionals. As the treatment options for pain management have increased, the need for advanced educational preparation in patient care management has emerged.
The Pain Management Certificate Program is an interactive continuing education program for health professionals who want to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective, coordinated pain management. Content is delivered through the Internet, on-line conferencing, email, and textbook readings. Participants can complete this program in the convenience of their home or office.
This course is designed to be completed in six weeks and provides 40 continuing education credits.
The program has six modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, and case studies. Leaners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of pain management. A comprehansive examination will be administered at the end of the six week program.
This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a six-week, 40-hour continuing education program for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health professionals concerned with pain management. Effective pain management requires systematic, coordinated patient care management by prepared pain management providers. This program focuses on pain management issues, patient assessment and management, an overview of the pathophysiology of pain, pharmacology of pain management agents, nonpharmacological and invasive procedures, and treating special populations.
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other health care providers who have, or want to prepare for, responsibility for monitoring and managing patients diagnosed with pain.
Instruction will include the following content:
- Pain Management Issues
- Pathophysiology and Assessment of pain
- Pharmacokinetics and Pain Management Guidelines
- Pharmacology of Pain Management
- Alternative and Invasive Interventions
- Treating Special Populations
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 pain. At the conclusion of the program the participant will be able to:
- Explain the problem of pain in the United States and list pain management guidelines and policy statements.
- Describe the national trends in pain management in the past two decades.
- Describe strategies to improve pain management and identify methods to integrate pain assessment in the health care professionals practice.
- Identify appropriate pharmocologic and nonpharmacologic interventions for pain management.
- Identify JCAHO and other national standards for pain management.
Featuring an "Ask the Expert" Session
A member of the National Advisory Board will be available to answer your most challenging patient management questions.
This 6 week course is offered two times a year.
Offering dates for 2013: January 21 (registration deadline January 4) and August 5 (registration deadline July 19).
We reserve the right to cancel any offering due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified well in advance if this occurs.
Call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or e-mail email@example.com
Fee includes Internet instruction, handouts, and a comprehensive exam.
The textbook is not included in the cost of the program. Information on the textbook will be forwarded upon registration.
There is an additional $80.00 charge for pharmacists requesting contact hours. Pharmacists requesting CEs must request them during registration.
A $25 administrative fee will be charged prior to the start 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:
Provides on-line 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 freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.
We recommend that you do not use your work e-mail address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University, or other students may not get through and you will not see the message. We also do not recommend you use AOL, for similar reasons. AOL accounts include spam prevention-type filters and our communications with you may be filtered-out. We recommend you obtain a separate e-mail account for your course work. Yahoo.com and MSN.com offer free e-mail 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.
- Melissa Warthen, RN, MSN
National Advisory Board
Jeannine Brant RN, MS, AOCN
Patrick Coyne RN, MSN, CS
Julia Georgeson MSN, RN
Daniel Shirey MD
Jeannine Brant RN, MS, AOCN
Patrick Coyne RN, MSN, CS
Peggy Graul MSN, RN
Sheila Hauck MSN, FNP
Greg Hindahl, MD
Gale Hoehn MSN, RN
Gina Schaar MSN, RN
Martha Saprks PhD, RN
Mary Ann Wehmer MSN, RN
Ann White PhD, MSN, MBA, RN
The program has six 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 pain management. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the six-week 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 pain 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.
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 contact 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.
California nurses will receive 40 contact 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 CEU's 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 0120-9999-11-205-H04-P. Initial Release Date: 01/01/11. Expiration Date: 12/31/13. There is an additional $80.00 charge for pharmacists requesting contact hours. This is a knowledge-based programs activity.