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With expanded use of anticoagulant agents, the number of patients receiving these drugs has increased dramatically. Safe and effective anticoagulation must include a number of key components to avoid complications. These include careful patient assessment, an understanding of the clotting cascade and mechanisms of action of anticoagulant therapies, a detailed focus on factors which influence therapy and knowledge of current guidelines. This certificate program is a comprehensive program designed to provide pharmacists with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients taking anticoagulation therapies. By completing this course, pharmacists can earn 22 hours of continuing education credit while becoming certified in anticoagulation management. 



The didactic home study will consist of:

1) Reading selected monographs relating to the ACCP Chest Evidence-Based Guidelines,

2) View the 2 pre-recorded video links

3) Completing a study guide with assessment questions, and

4) Complete an on-line assessment test. Note: A score of at least 70% or better is needed in order to qualify as passed. 

Upon registration, the home study content will be emailed to the email address used to register for the course. The self-study exam must be completed prior to the live session. You will need to bring your study guide with you to the live session. As you check in to the live session we will confirm your completion of the study guide. Pharmacists will receive CPE credits of a total of 14 hours or 1.4 CEUs for the home study portion of this program.



  • Differentiate the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of UFH, LMWH, warfarin, direct thrombin inhibitors, and factor XA inhibitors
  • Define the current recommendations for indication-specific intensity and duration of anticoagulation treatment
  • Recognize strategies used to manage hemorrhagic complications and HIT associated with anticoagulant therapy
  • Identify appropriate methods to manage antithrombotic therapy during the perioperative time period



The live program involves 8 hours (0.80 CEUs) of both lecture and simulation training. Participants will focus on the pathophysiology of thrombosis, receive an overview of ACCP Guidelines, discuss indications for anticoagulation therapy, warfarin dosing and monitoring, management of the over-anticoagulated patient and patients requiring procedure management, patient education, and patient interviewing and assessment. Participants will also learn about point-of care monitoring devices, and practice assessing patients through the use of patient cases. At the conclusion of the live program an on-line, final exam must be completed with a score of at least 70% correct responses in order to receive a certificate of completion. Pharmacists will receive a total of 8 hours or 0.8 CEUs for completion of this component. 


  • Review pathophysiology of thrombosis
  • Describe the difference in mechanism of action between the new and old antithrombotic therapies
  • Describe the indications for anticoagulation therapy
  • Review current treatment guidelines
  • Evaluate the initiation and dosing of warfarin
  • Determine factors influencing dosing of warfarin and the appropriate management of out-of-range INRs
  • Develop assessment tools which account for variables impacting warfarin intensity and dosing
  • Compare and contrast available point of care devices for anticoagulation therapies and demonstrate correct patient care procedures for testing
  • Evaluate ‘bridging” therapies for anticoagulation management
  • Practice assessing patients on anticoagulation therapies through the use of patient cases


Refund and/or cancellation requests must be made in writing to the Arizona Pharmacy Association office. A cancellation request made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program will require $100.00 fee (cancellation fee plus the cost of printed materials). A cancellation request made 10 business days or less prior to the schedule program will require a $150 fee (cancellation plus printed materials, plus cost of food order). You must submit a written request to cancel by email, fax or standard mail. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received after the posted start date / time of the scheduled program. AzPA reserves the right to cancel any activity due to insufficient pre-registration and as determined by the Executive Director or CE Administrator. In this case, all individuals pre-registered are notified and issued a full refund. Registration fees can not be re-allocated to future offerings of this certification program due to the multiple steps involved with processing CE credits.


The Arizona Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 


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