Hypertension Canada Professional Certification Program
The Hypertension Canada Professional Certification Program is designed to arm pharmacists with the knowledge and confidence to identify and manage patients with hypertension. Through online learning modules covered in Level 1 and practical application using real-world cases in Level 2, this comprehensive certification program provides the opportunity to examine and execute the core competencies of hypertension management to improve patient care.
Please note: This pilot program has been designed specifically for pharmacists. If you are not a pharmacist but would like to take this program now, we would advise registering for Level 1 ONLY.
This program is designed to:
- Provide the knowledge and confidence to identify and manage patients with hypertension
- Use practical application and skill-building to implement hypertension management strategies at the pharmacy level
- Provide evidence-based learning with a goal to improve guidelines adoption and adherence
Please note: The Professional Certification Program is currently offered in English only.
Level 1 – Hypertension Fundamentals – $400:
Level 1 encompasses the fundamentals of hypertension; from the epidemiology and pathophysiology of the condition, to screening, diagnosis and management. The self-paced learning modules allow pharmacists the flexibility to work according to their schedules, with comprehension testing and access to a suite of practical tools and resources.
While participants are encouraged to go through the modules at their own pace, the recommended timeframe for completion is 2-3 months. Level 1 graduates will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible for enrollment in Level 2.
Modules and Competencies (PDF)
- 4 online learning modules
- Comprehension testing
- Blood pressure measurement assignment
Time commitment: Approximately 15 hours
Prerequisites: No prerequisites are needed for enrollment in Level 1.
Level 2 – Mastery and Application – $250:
Level 2 allows pharmacists to demonstrate practical application of the knowledge and competencies acquired in Level 1, using real-world cases and a final examination facilitated by a hypertension expert. Participants will have 6 weeks to complete Level 2, and once passed, will receive certification in hypertension management from Hypertension Canada.
- Decision-making with respect to pharmacologic management of hypertension
- Completion of three patient case assessments, including follow-up
Time commitment: Approximately 20 hours
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 – Hypertension Fundamentals.