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Intended Audience

ACPE  Universal Activity Number
listed with module descriptions

Douglas F. Covey, Pharm.D., F.C.C.P., M.H.A.
Michele Weizer-Simon, Pharm.D., R.Ph.
Vinita Patel, PharmD
Carol Motycka, PharmD
Laura Annis, PharmD

CE Hours


Dates Available
9/01/2013 to 9/01/2016

Activity Type



This course is intended for pharmacists who manage or who plan to manage patients who have diseases and disorders requiring anticoagulation therapy. The major course objective is for pharmacists to achieve a high level of confidence with patients who require anticoagulation and with their primary care physician.

This confidence is the result of a greater depth of understanding the patient’s disease state, the therapy used and the monitoring parameters for patients receiving anticoagulation agents.



  • Relate how pharmacokinetics and pharmacodymanics principles are used to achieve and maintain anticoagulation control within the patient’s therapy goals.
  • Describe the complexities of managing drug therapy and other treatment modalities.
  • Summarize how pharmaceutical care is applied for patients requiring anticoagulation therapy.
  • Use effective interpersonal skills to better educate patients, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals regarding safe and optimal anticoagulation therapy.
  • Design an anticoagulation management service for effective patient care.
  • Document anticoagulation therapy for patients receiving such therapy.



The University of Florida’s Anticoagulant Therapy Certificate Program provides the extensive training and information you need to manage the pharmacotherapy of patients on anticoagulant therapy. You will be prepared to:

  • Assess and monitor patient’s condition.
  • Manage complex drug therapy.
  • Efficiently coordinate documentation and record keeping.
  • Apply specialized counseling and teaching skills to better manage and care for patients.
  • Market and promote the growth of specialized skills.
  • Generate new income within the pharmacy.
  • Deal with issues related to referral, billing, and budgeting for new services.

This 12-week program contains six independent learning modules of self-paced study using multimedia presentations and Internet-based assignments. The course contains skill-builders, which are  practice-based assignments that assist participants to utilize knowledge gained from the video presentations and required readings to develop monitoring and management skills.

Module 1: 0012-0000-13-308-H01-P
Anticoagulation For Ambulatory Patients

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe how clotting occurs and the morbidity associated with clots
  • Explain the complications of anticoagulation therapy
  • Discuss drug/drug and drug/food interactions that can occur with anticoagulation therapy
  • State how a pharmacist can identify, assess and solve medication-related problems for patients on anticoagulation therapy
  • Discuss the newer anticoagulation therapies (apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban) and how they compare with heparin and warfarin
Module 2: 0012-0000-13-309-H01-P
Anticoagulation For Inpatients

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply applicable skills to assess and monitor patients who require inpatient anticoagulation therapy
  • Develop and evaluate the practice of pharmaceutical care for patients requiring inpatient anticoagulation therapy
  • Use clinical, economic and other data to design, implement, monitor, evaluate and modify drug therapy and optimize drug therapy outcomes for these patients
  • Conduct assessments, evaluate patient concerns and monitor all drug therapies in anticoagulant inpatients
  • Provide patient education with a goal of appropriately affecting patient behaviors
  • Modify patient care plans based on patient-specific adherence to drug therapy and laboratory data for these inpatients
Module 3: 0012-0000-13-310-H01-P
Anticoagulation Management of DVT and PE

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • List the risk factors for DVT and PE
  • Review the signs and symptoms of DVT and PE
  • Explain the tests used for diagnosing DVT and PT
  • Review the pharmacological treatments for DVT and PT
  • Complete a case study for DVT and PE
Module 4: 0012-0000-13-311-H01-P
Anticoagulation Complications Management

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Review complications of antithrombotic therapy in the following categories:
    • Heparin
    • LMWH
    • Fondaparinux
    • DTIs
    • Warfarin
    • apixaban, dabigatran, rivaroxaban
  • Write the treatment for complications of antithrombotic therapy
  • Complete a case study reviewing a complication of antithrombotic therapy
Module 5: 0012-0000-13-312-H01-P
Anticoagulation Case Studies

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply applicable skills to assess and monitor patients who require anticoagulation therapy
  • Develop and evaluate the practice of medication therapy management for patients requiring anticoagulation therapy
  • Use clinical, economic and other data to design a plan to optimize drug therapy outcomes
  • Monitor and evaluate anticoagulation patient outcomes and modify therapy as needed
Module 6: 0012-0000-13-313-H04-P
Creating Your Anticoagulation MTM Service

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Design a practice-based anticoagulation service
  • Develop policies and procedures for the anticoagulation service
  • Document for the anticoagulation service based on current anticoagulation guidelines
  • Document patient-specific information and the patient’s care plan in the patient record
  • Prepare documents for compensation
  • Prepare and submit a statement for services rendered for submission to a patient and/or a third party payor



Must receive an 80% or higher on all course exams and submit a course evaluation. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CEBroker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.



Each pharmacist completing all parts of the course will receive a Certificate from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, indicating that the pharmacist has completed a rigorous course of study in Anticoagulation Therapy that may be proudly displayed at the pharmacy practice site.


Computer Requirements

Supported Browsers: Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.



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