Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program Training Course

Tags: Online learning, Medication therapy management, Pharmacy management, Professional pharmacy services, Chronic conditions


Oftentimes, individuals with hypertension and dyslipidemia rely on a combination of pharmacotherapy and healthy lifestyle changes to manage their condition. Pharmacists, as accessible healthcare professionals, are in an ideal position to promote adherence to medication regimens and lifestyle changes, and support patients trying to achieve specific treatment goals.

This online program is specifically designed for pharmacists interested in providing counselling and support to patients with hypertension and dyslipidemia.

Through a series of online modules, this course provides an overview on current management of hypertension and dyslipidemia, as well as lifestyle modifications to optimize therapy. Motivational interviewing concepts are also introduced to help pharmacists identify how to empower patients to improve overall cardiovascular health.

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Continuing Education Units:

  • Number of CEUs:  3.25
  • Accreditation #: 8003-2018-2399-I-P
  • Accreditation Expiry Date: April 9, 2020

Course Availability:

You must complete the course before April 9, 2020.

Learning Format: 

  • Introduction – note: this module is not CCCEP accredited
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Healthy Heart Lifestyle
  • Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Behaviour Change

 Learner Assessment:

  • Multiple choice assessment

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:


  • Describe the burden of cardiovascular disease in Canada
  • Describe the evidence supporting the Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program
  • Understand the training, preparation and equipment requirements to deliver the service
  • Identify and recruit patients eligible to participate in the program
  • Identify key interventions for the initial visit and follow-up assessments
  • Identify the forms required for documentation and reimbursement of the program


  • Explain the pathophysiology, components of dyslipidemia and its role in cardiovascular diseases
  • Outline the 2012 Canadian guidelines for diagnosis and treatment
  • Describe therapeutic options for dyslipidemia
  • Summarize the pharmacist’s role


  • Explain the assessment of hypertension
  • Describe the pharmacologic and non-pharmacological treatment options
  • Outline the role of the pharmacist in hypertension

 Healthy Heart Lifestyle

  • Describe the magnitude of benefit of lifestyle changes in cardiac patients
  • Discuss how to practically assist patients in making these changes
  • Outline the role of the pharmacist in individualizing lifestyle behavior changes for patients with cardiac conditions

 Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Behavioiur Change

  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Explain why and how people resist change, and how MI helps people engage in the change process
  • Apply OARS communication skills to pharmacy practice
  • Discuss application of MI principles to assist patients with hypertension and/or dyslipidemia in adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours
  • Discuss the pharmacist’s role in partnering with patients using MI skills to optimize medication adherence

 Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements before April 9, 2020: 

  • Complete the program’s online modules (instructions will be emailed to you separately after registration).
  • Complete the multiple-choice exam and achieve a score of 70 per cent or more within a maximum of two attempts.
  • Complete the program’s evaluation.

 Pre-requisites and Target Audience

This online course consists of five modules, and is mandatory for pharmacists who plan to provide Green Shield Canada’s Pharmacist Health Coaching – Cardiovascular Program to their patients.

Subject Matter Experts: 

  • Laura Tsang, RPh, ACPR (BScPhm, PharmD)
  • Laura Murphy, RPh, ACPR (BScPhm, PharmD)

Last updated: April 8, 2019

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at

Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing to no later than five days after access to the program has been emailed to you. A $30 (+HST) administration and processing fee will apply. Cancellations will not be permitted once log-in to access the program material has been initiated. Program registration fees will not be refunded after the cancellation deadline.

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Event Date: Recurring | City: Online | Venue: Online

Pricing and Registration
Member Rate
Health Coaching 2019   $100.00 Add to Cart 
Non-Member Rate
Health Coaching 2019   $200.00 Add to Cart 
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