Medication Abortion – A Clinical and Regulatory Review and Update

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Course Description

Recent political activity has precipitated an increased focus on medication abortion as an option for individuals seeking an abortion. This course will teach clinicians and other members of the healthcare workforce about the provision of medication abortion within their scope of practice.  Content regarding safe and ethical practice, as well as updated knowledge about the medication abortion regulatory landscape, pharmacology and logistics of medication abortion prescribing and follow up, and medication abortion outcomes data will be presented.

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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare providers will be able to: 

  • Identify terminology, global context, evolution of medication abortions over time in the U.S., and medication abortion safety and outcomes data 
  • Identify healthcare provider qualifications to prescribe medication abortion, legal requirements for dispensing in/out of healthcare setting, variations in state laws regulating medication abortion, and the FDA approval and monitoring of medication abortion 
  • Explain how to determine patient eligibility for medication abortion including gestational age, appropriate medication evaluation before medication abortion, and contraindications 
  • Identify medication abortion regimens including names, doses, mechanisms of action 
  • Describe how to counsel and manage patients including pain management, risks, side effects, post-medication abortion fertility, teratogenicity and ongoing pregnancy, and follow up 

At the completion of this activity, assistants, aids, support staff, and pharmacy technicians will be able to: 

  • Identify what constitutes medication abortion 
  • Identify legally acceptable prescriptions for medication abortion 
Credit/Contact Hours
Pharmacotherapy Hours
  • Anne Cockerham, PhD, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE
    Professor, Frontier Nursing University
  • English
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Expiration Date
February 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Take Home Resource
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • CPE Monitor Reporting
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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