Cholesterol: Everything You Need to Know to Provide Patient Education

Category: Health Care

There are ten sections in this course:


  • Section 1: Background 
  • Section 2: Detection and Evaluation 
  • Section 3: Goals and Treatment Overview 
  • Section 4: Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)
  • Section 5: Drug Therapy
  • Section 6: Metabolic Syndrome
  • Section 7: Specific Dyslipidemias
  • Section 8: Population Groups at Risk
  • Section 9: Adherence 
  • Section 10: Implementation

Intended Audience

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

Learning 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

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A1. Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • 1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1A10. Uses quantitative and qualitative data
  • 1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing)

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • 2A6. Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)
  • 2A8. Implements policies, programs, and services

Domain 3: Communication Skills

  • 3A1. Identifies the literacy of populations served (e.g., ability to obtain, interpret, and use health and other information; social media literacy)
  • 3C8. Communicates the roles of governmental public health, health care, and other partners in improving the health of a community 

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


3 hours

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Laurie Walkner, RN, Terry Meek

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

November 12, 2012