Cholesterol: Everything You Need to Know to Provide Patient Education


Healthcare providers who screen and treat WISEWOMEN patients; Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, Medical Assistants and health educators.

*WISEWOMEN defined: Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation.  A CDC funded program to provide healthcare screening to women meeting elements of the following criteria: 40-64 years, uninsured, minorities, low income, and from rural residence.  WISEWOMEN program features interventions to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in populations with limited healthcare access. WISEWOMEN participants met the same criteria established for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer early detection program.


Statement of purpose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fund both the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) and WISEWOMAN* as programs focused on improving the cardiovascular health of Americans.  The rationale for developing this collaborative is to provide healthcare providers with tools that will allow them to increase patient education regarding topics related to high blood cholesterol prevention and management. This increased patient education can encourage and assist WISEWOMAN patients to adopt lifestyle changes that will lead to reduced cholesterol.  Therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) is currently a major focus of the CDC’s programming.  This course will introduce you to the most currently available information and resources about cholesterol reduction.

Educational objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify types of patients that need their cholesterol checked regularly
  • Explain cholesterol numbers to their patients
  • Describe features included in the Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) guidelines
  • Describe nine guideline steps in the ATP III for the detection and evaluation of high blood cholesterol
  • Identify primary and secondary prevention goals and treatment for LDL-lowering therapy
  • Describe the relationship between Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) and drug therapy in patients with various risk factors
  • Explain a model of steps involved in Therapeutic Lifestyles Changes (TLC)
  • Identify drug therapy for cholesterol medication and how it affects cholesterol levels
  • Discuss how drug therapy can reduce LDL cholesterol for primary and secondary preventions
  • Discuss the causes, objectives, and management of metabolic syndrome
  • Explain the causes, diagnosis, and management  of specific dyslipidemia cases
  • Apply the special considerations for cholesterol in different population groups

Course Director

Laurie Walkner, RN, Grants Coordinator, Institute for Public Health Practice.


This activity is co-sponsored by: The University of Iowa (UI) Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the UI College of Public Health Practice, and UI College of Nursing.

Completion Time

Estimated to be three hours.

Content Reviews

  • Date of Most Recent Review: November 2010 
  • Date of Next Scheduled Review: June 2011 
  • Estimated End Date: June 2012


There is no cost.


This activity is supported through an independent education grant from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This CDC-funded project will involve the engagement of selected WISEWOMAN/Care for Yourself Healthcare Interventionists (Network #1), Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association healthcare providers(Network #2), and Rural Health Clinic healthcare providers (Network #3) to increase participant/patient education regarding specific CDC messages related to high blood cholesterol reduction.

Provider training is conducted in collaboration with The Iowa Department of Public Health, Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Prepare Iowa Learning Management System.

Disclosure Policy

Disclosure forms for Terry Meek, course instructor, and Laurie Walkner, course director are provided.

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Technical assistance is provided by University of Iowa College of Public Health staff. 

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Verification of Participation

A certificate of completion is awarded after successfully completing the course and passing the post-test with at least an 80% score.


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