NURS 6031: Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)

Lecture: 2, Lab: 1, Other: 0

This course builds upon basic knowledge in health assessment/physical assessment at the undergraduate level. It is designed to expand and refine the student's skill and critical analysis of the history and physical examination of individuals across the lifespan and various sociocultural backgrounds. It will incorporate health history taking and physical examination at the advanced practice level and the development of a problem list based on synthesis of findings. Documentation, both written and electronic, will be reviewed within the context of maintaining HIPPA requirements and the provision of appropriate coding designations. The focus of the course will be to prepare the student to perform comprehensive and episodic assessments in the primary care setting, which are appropriate for the presenting chief complaint, analyze their findings within the realm of evidenced based practice, and utilize a diagnostic reasoning process to arrive at differential diagnoses. The course prepares students to begin clinical practice as an advanced practice nursing student.