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Hypertension - PT506


Review of Guidelines and Drug Therapy Management

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN and Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN and Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD and Sherri Konzem Boehringer, PharmD, BCPS and Debra Anscombe Wood, BS, RN
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This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Hypertension is a pervasive condition in the U.S., and the lifetime risk of developing it is 80%. The guidelines recently changed, lowering blood pressure goals for managing hypertension. The new guidelines also put great emphasis on nonpharmacological therapies. This module explains the new guidelines and the recommended treatments.


The goal of this continuing education module is to inform nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, and radiologic technologists about current guidelines and drug therapy for the management of hypertension. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • State blood pressure goals for various patient populations with hypertension
  • Discuss the five components of lifestyle modification
  • Discuss the four classes of antihypertensive drugs recommended as first-line agents known to reduce the complications associated with hypertension

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Dept. of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Dept.  of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/18.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by the OH PT Association (approval no. 10S1283 for 09/06/10 to 09/06/11, 11S1266 for 09/07/11 to 09/07/12, 12S1469 for 09/08/12 to 09/08/13; 13S1853 for 09/09/13 to 09/09/14; 14S1708 for 09/10/14 to 09/10/15; 15S2274 for 09/11/15 to 09/11/16; 16S1868 for 09/12/16 to 09/12/17; 17S6272 for 9/13/17 to 9/13/18); the FL PT Association (approval no. CP100015837 for 01/01/10 to 12/31/10, CP110015841 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CM120017463 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CM130019697 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CM140021440 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CM150023658 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27091 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518123 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-289029 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); TN PT Association (approval no. 3435 for 09/06/10 to 09/05/11, 3924 for 09/06/11 to 09/05/12, 4439 for 09/06/12 to 09/05/13; 5235 for 09/06/13 to 09/05/14; 5800 for 09/06/14 to 09/05/15; 2134 for 09/06/15 to 09/05/16; 2016-402 for 09/06/16 to 09/05/17; 2017-415 for 9/6/17 to 9/5/18) for Class 1 CE Requirement; the PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE002488 for 09/27/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003887 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006371 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010140 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 631-2010, exp. date 1/31/12; 114-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 236-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-529 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-201 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/27/11 to 07/27/15; 06/01/15 to 06/01/19 and by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 09/13/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-3504 for 9/1/2010 to 9/1/2011, 437-3932 for 08/01/11 to 08/01/12, 437-4433 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13; 437-4991 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 5/4/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/4/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/4/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Darleen Z - North Tonawanda, NY  ·  Nov 14, 2018
very informative....a nice refresher!
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Robert P - Edgewater Park, NJ  ·  Nov 12, 2018
Good information on initial medications for htn
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Joshua B - NORTH ROYALTON, OH  ·  Nov 09, 2018
Course was informative and thought provoking. Good overview of high BP.
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Donald Stephen L - Bernville, PA  ·  Nov 06, 2018
Very good info, thorough
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Daniel R - Latham, NY  ·  Oct 29, 2018
well presented and appropriate
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Price: $19.00
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