Post-Master's Foundation in Hematology

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The hematology field requires a highly specialized skill set that can take years to master. But we all have to start somewhere. If you’re an NP, CNS, or PA that’s new to the field of hematology, the Post-Master’s Foundation in Hematology online course will help you build your knowledge base. Through recommended readings, links to external websites and guidelines, learning checkpoints, videos, case studies, and more, you’ll get an in-depth look at benign and malignant hematologic disorders to enable you to confidently provide quality care for this specialized patient population.

36 contact hours of CNE will be available upon successful completion of this course, and 6.92 pharmacology hours are also available. Course content has been created in collaboration with the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO).

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for 180 days.

Course Topics

  • What is Hematology/Approach to the Patient?
  • Hematologic Emergencies
  • Anemia, Polycythemia, and Hemochromatosis
  • Thrombocytopenia and Thrombocytosis
  • Leukopenia and Leukocytosis
  • Thrombosis and Hemostasis
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Consultative Hematology
  • Acute Leukemia
  • Chronic Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
  • Lymphomas
  • Plasma Cell Disorders
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantations
  • Procedural Skills

If you are an ASH or APAO member, you may obtain a discount code from ASH or APAO to enroll at the member rate.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the APP role in caring for patients with hematologic disorders and malignancies by passing the post-test with a minimum score of 80% and
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of managing hematologic disorders and malignancies by passing the post-test with a minimum score of 80%.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and/or clinical nurse specialists) with limited or no prior hematology experience or knowledge.

ILNA Breakdown

Candidates may claim 36 CNE or ILNA points in any area of their choosing on the following blueprint areas: Coordination of Care, Diagnosis and Staging, Disease-Related Biology, End-of-Life, Health Promotion/Screening and Early Detection, Oncologic Emergencies, Palliative Care, Professional Practice, Psychosocial, Scientific Basis for Practice, Survivorship, Symptom Management, Treatment, Role of the APN.

Candidates will not be able to place the 36 ILNA points under both categories as the number of points claimed cannot exceed the total CNE points for the offering.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the epidemiology of and risk factors for common benign and malignant hematology disorders.
  • Discuss the symptoms and associated physical exam findings of common benign and malignant hematology disorders.
  • Identify and interpret appropriate diagnostic studies for common benign and malignant hematology disorders.
  • Discuss evidence-based treatments and management of common benign and malignant hematology disorders.
  • Explain strategies to address the identification, assessment, and treatment of specific side effects and symptoms related to treatment.
  • Describe methods to assess for palliative care needs of patients with blood disorders.
  • Discuss survivorship issues and the role of survivorship care plans and summaries in advanced practice related to benign and malignant hematology disorders.

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