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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
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This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The prevalence of hypertension in the United States has increased dramatically over the past few decades, affecting more than 80 million American adults 20 years and older. Hypertension is the most common condition seen in the primary care setting. From 2003 to 2013, the death rate from high blood pressure increased 8.2% with the actual number of deaths increasing 34.7%. Fewer than half of Americans with hypertension have met the established blood pressure goals. The prevalence of hypertension is highest in non-Hispanic blacks, tends to be higher in women, and increases with advancing age. Recent data suggests that even people free of hypertension at age 55 still have a 90% lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure. Because there are so many Americans with hypertension, it is vital for healthcare professionals to recognize hypertension and be familiar with the most common treatments, including lifestyle changes and medications.


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 in patients with uncomplicated hypertension and in patients with diabetes or renal disease
  • 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 New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
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 physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas 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 California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy 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); the Florida Physical Therapy 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); Tennessee Physical Therapy 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) for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement; the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (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 New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy 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). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/27/11 to 07/27/15; 06/01/15 to 06/01/19 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy 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.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy 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 Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education 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: 10/10/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/10/2019


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.

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Jay M - Carrollton, TX  ·  Feb 13, 2018
good course, interesting material
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Linda M - Wyckoff, NJ  ·  Jan 24, 2018
The updated info is very interesting and we allow me to be more vigilant about my patients vitals
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James M - Pittsburgh, PA  ·  Jan 24, 2018
this was a very informative and well presented course .
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Justin S - Fort Peck, MT  ·  Jan 11, 2018
Helped improve my knowledge with pt education over physician prescribed drug choices.
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Allison C - Greenville, NC  ·  Jan 09, 2018
Good information on current guidelines for managing hypertension
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